Market News and Articles

All Investors Are Consumers, But Not All Consumers Are Investors
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
 All Investors Are Consumers, But Not All Consumers Are Investors.   The September installment of University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey reported Americans are feeling pretty optimistic. Consumer sentiment rose to the second highest level since 2004, and consumer expect...
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3 Ways to Recover From a Late Start on Retirement Planning
Monday, September 10, 2018
3 Ways to Recover From a Late Start on Retirement Planning   I haven't made the best decisions when it comes to retirement planning. As a result, my wife and I are in our early 50s and have next to nothing saved for retirement. Do we have any hope of a secure retirement?—John   ...
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Remember: Volatility is Normal
Monday, September 10, 2018
Remember: Volatility is Normal.   Major U.S. stock market indices climbed into record territory during August. They gave back some gains last week. Peter Wells of Financial Times explained:   “Speculation about a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese imports from the Trump administra...
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Where is Our Country’s Biggest Export Market?
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Where is Our Country’s Biggest Export Market?   Markets were fired up last week after the United States and Mexico agreed on new trade rules. The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index reached an all-time high and finished the month of August up about 3 percent, reported Mi...
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Tick, Tock.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Tick, Tock.   Not everybody loves meetings and even fewer enjoy reading the minutes, but investors make an exception with the Federal Reserve. This week the Fed published the minutes from its August 1 meeting. While no changes were made to interest rates, the minutes did provide insight to ho...
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As Maxwell Smart Used to Say…
Monday, August 20, 2018
As Maxwell Smart Used to Say…   Missed it by THAT much! After a rocky start, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index came within 1 percent of an all-time high last week, reported Ben Levisohn for Barron’s. It’s significant because the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index...
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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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