Market News and Articles

How Are You Feeling About Financial Markets?
Monday, November 12, 2018
Some votes are still being counted but investors appear to be happy with the outcome of mid-term elections. Major U.S. stock indices in the United States moved higher last week, and the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Sentiment Survey reported:   “Optimism among indi...
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Seven Year-End Retirement Planning Strategies
Monday, October 29, 2018
We’re getting close to the time of year when advisors can really show clients their value, especially when it comes to retirement and tax planning. It’s a time when a lot of poor decisions can be made about required minimum distributions, asset appreciation and Roth conversions. Importan...
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Why Did the Stock Market Fall When the Economy is Doing Well?
Monday, October 29, 2018
 The answer is that one reflects the past and the other anticipates the future.   Last Friday’s advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed the U.S. economy grew 3.5 percent during the third quarter of 2018. Harriet Torry of The Wall Street Journal reported: &...
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The World Remains Full of Opportunities and Challenges
Monday, October 22, 2018
Although we’ve seen global markets moving in tandem in recent years, Sara Potter of FactSet pointed out, “…we’re starting to see the end of the synchronized global growth that has prevailed over the last two years. While the U.S. economy remains strong, growth in Europe and ...
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Last Week’s Stock Market Performance Startled Investors.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Like an unexpected gust of wind that blows the hat off your head or flips your umbrella inside out, last week’s stock market performance startled investors.   Looking back, it’s easy to identify some of the factors that may have contributed to investors’ unease and shaken co...
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Why Bulls Smile After Midterm Elections
Monday, October 8, 2018
Why Bulls Smile After Midterm Elections Posted by lplresearch Volatility is heating up in October, with some big drops for stocks late last week. Now let’s put things in perspective. The S&P 500 Index just had its least volatile third quarter since 1963, and it hasn’t closed up...
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The Stock Market Tends to be a Leading Economic Indicator
Monday, October 8, 2018
The Stock Market Tends to be a Leading Economic Indicator   Last week offered some insight to economics and stock market behavior. The U.S. unemployment rate reached its lowest level since 1969 and wages moved higher, yet major U.S. stock indices lost value.   Why didn’t stock ma...
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It Wasn’t Headline News…
Monday, October 1, 2018
 It Wasn’t Headline News… But, if newsprint was still popular, last week’s key economic news would have appeared below the fold.    The Federal Reserve raised rates for the third time in 2018, as expected. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee projects e...
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Did You Hear the News?
Monday, September 24, 2018
Did You Hear the News?    A tech company introduced a microwave you can turn on using Wi-Fi – as long as you have one of the company’s voice assistants at home, reported Kaitlyn Tiffany of Vox. Soon, the voice assistants will be built with neural networks that will formulate ...
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7 Ways to Help Grandchildren with College Tuition
Thursday, September 20, 2018
7 Ways to Help Grandchildren with College Tuition   If you’re older than 65, odds are you have grandchildren and probably want to help them with college tuition.   While your generosity may be boundless, paying for a higher education is no small expense. The average in‐state, a...
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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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