Market News and Articles

Investors Are Becoming More Discriminating
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Investors Are Becoming More Discriminating.   Trade tensions escalated as the U.S. administration expanded tariffs on Chinese goods last week. You wouldn’t have known by watching the performance of benchmark indices, though. Just four of the 25 national stock market indices tracked by B...
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What a Rollercoaster of a Quarter!
Monday, July 9, 2018
 The Markets What a Rollercoaster of a Quarter!   When it comes to the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Sentiment Survey, respondents tend to be more bullish than bearish about U.S. stock markets. The survey’s historical averages are:   • 38.5 perc...
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There’s a Bear in China – and It’s Not a Panda
Monday, July 2, 2018
 The Markets There’s a Bear in China – and It’s Not a Panda.   The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) Composite Index, which reflects the performance of all shares that trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, dropped into bear market territory last week, reported CNBC. ...
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Are You Financially Ready To Retire?
Friday, June 29, 2018
 Are You Financially Ready To Retire?   The day is finally approaching. You've been saving and investing most of your adult life for this moment, but now you're not so sure you're really ready to retire. It's a predicament faced by many employees that we work with. While retirement readi...
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What Time Is It?
Monday, June 25, 2018
 The Markets What Time Is It?   The yield curve may be the pocket watch of economic indicators. It’s been around for a long time and it’s often right, but not always. The yield curve is the difference between the interest paid on two-year government bonds and 10-year go...
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Deal or No Deal?
Monday, June 18, 2018
 The Markets Deal or No Deal?   Last week opened with heightened trade tensions between the United States and its allies. It closed with the United States imposing new tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods. The Chinese declared it was the start of a trade war, reported Financial ...
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Social Security COLA Could Top 3% in 2019
Friday, June 15, 2018
Social Security COLA Could Top 3% in 2019 Yet retirees are seeing spikes in common household expenditures that are growing much faster, The Senior Citizens League reports. By Melanie Waddell     The annual Social Security cost of living adjustment for 2019 could top 3%, according to a ...
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G Whiz!
Monday, June 11, 2018
 The Markets G Whiz!    Never before could the Group of 7 (G7) Summit have been mistaken for reality TV.  The generally dignified annual meeting of leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom (along with the heads of the Eur...
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If the Countries Were Instruments, Last Week Sounded Like a Fifth Grade Garage Band
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The Markets If the Countries Were Instruments, Last Week Sounded Like a Fifth Grade Garage Band.   World markets were buffeted by a clamor of good, bad, and unexpected news last week. Events that captured media and investor attention included: • Taxing America’s ...
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Geopolitical Uncertainty Didn’t Dent U.S. Stocks Last Week
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The Markets Geopolitical Uncertainty Didn’t Dent U.S. Stocks Last Week.   Geopolitics is the intersection of geography, economics, and politics. Last week, there were some fine examples of the ways geopolitical events can create uncertainty. Barron’s reported:   &ldquo...
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Too Much? Too Little? Or Just Right?
Monday, May 21, 2018
 The Markets  Too Much? Too Little? Or Just Right?     U.S. stock markets were relatively calm, although they finished the week lower. U.S. Treasury yields hit a 7-year high and finished the week above 3 percent. While these were notable, the most remarkable events last w...
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Splash!
Monday, May 14, 2018
The Markets Splash!   How do employers lure staff in a tightening labor market? The curly tail grubs and spinnies of the business world are higher wages and better benefits. During the past decade, the employment picture in the United States has shifted dramatically. In mid-2009, 15.4 ...
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Fed Preview
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jay Powell will preside over his first Fed policy meeting March 20–21. Although this is his first meeting as chair, Powell has been a voting member of the policy committee since 2012 and is a seasoned veteran of Fed policy meetings. The Fed is widely expected to rai...
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Data Deluge Good News - (But Not Too Good)
Monday, May 7, 2018
The first week of May brought a deluge of economic data, including the April jobs report, key surveys on business activity, and some important readings on inflation. Add in a Federal Reserve (Fed) policy meeting, and it’s fair to say that the most important week of economic data in May is...
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A Meeting of the Minds
Monday, May 7, 2018

The Federal Reserve and the U.S. bond market appear to be in agreement about the direction of interest rates

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