Market News and Articles

Longest Bull Market Ever
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
 Longest Bull Market Ever Posted by lplresearch    Don’t look now, but on August 22, 2018, this current bull market will top the 1990s bull market as the longest ever. However, be aware that the 1990s bull market saw the S&P 500 Index gain 417%, while the current bull mar...
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Let’s Talk Turkey!
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
 Let’s Talk Turkey!   So, how did a country that represents just about 1.4 percent of the world’s economy spark a global selloff?   Turkey was once a rising star. The country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 and his “conservative, p...
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Capital Gains Tax Reform Comes With a Big Price Tag: $100 Billion Over 10 Years
Monday, August 6, 2018
  Capital Gains Tax Reform Comes With a Big Price Tag: $100 Billion Over 10 Years.   A capital gain is any increase in the value of an asset, such as an investment, a home, land, etc., between its purchase and its sale. The amount of a gain is determined by subtracting the purchase ...
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Is it a Sugar Rush or Something More Sustainable?
Monday, July 30, 2018
 Is it a Sugar Rush or Something More Sustainable?   Economic growth in the United States was strong during the second quarter. Gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States, grew by 4.1 percent. That’s the fastest growth i...
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12018 Midyear Stock Market Outlook--Second Half Rally
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
2018 MIDYEAR STOCK MARKET OUTLOOK SECOND HALF RALLY?  The current environment looks favorable for strong earnings and stock gains. We do expect volatility, but steady economic growth provides a strong backdrop and the potential for opportunity.  The first half of 2018 saw the return ...
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Last Week, There Was Some Good News and Some Notable News.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Last Week, There Was Some Good News and Some Notable News.   Here’s the good news: Corporate earnings have been strong. As of July 20, 17 percent of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had reported second quarter results. More than 85 percent of those companies re...
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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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