Tag: Current Events

The Bond Market Listens When the Fed Talks Inflation

Sep 30, 2020

Federal Reserve
What the Fed’s new policy may mean for you.

Most recently, you may have read that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced a change in how the Fed views inflation. In the past, the Fed said it would consider adjusting bond market short-term rates when inflation approached 2 percent. But in light of 2020’s many challenges, the Fed’s new policy may allow inflation to run above 2 percent for a period of time before any shift in monetary policy is considered.1 (more…)

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Race for a Vaccine

Sep 28, 2020

COVID Coronavirus virus vaccine syringe
Here’s what you need to know

A U.S. drug company recently said that it’s in late-stage trials for its coronavirus vaccine and reported that it could be given to Americans as early as the end of the year.1 (more…)

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Home Builders Confident in Economic Rebound

Sep 25, 2020

Red House Standing Out
Here’s what you need to know about the housing market.

To some, this may hardly feel like an economy headed for a bright future. But don’t tell that to home builders.

Builder confidence in August jumped to an eye-popping 78 in August, according to the Housing Market Index courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders. To put that number in perspective, anything over 50 is considered positive.1 (more…)

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Inflation on the Rise

Sep 2, 2020

Inflation Balloon Rising
What to keep in mind regarding the recent CPI numbers…

Right now, many Americans are worried about their financial health due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the country. Adding to these concerns were July’s consumer prices— excluding food and energy—which rose at the highest rate in nearly 30 years. However, this jump may not be as scary as it looks on the surface. Let’s dive into inflation on the rise. (more…)

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Federal Reserve Year-Long Review Expected in September

Aug 28, 2020

Federal Reserve Building
Changes may be on the way

As many of you know, the  Open Market Committee for the Federal Reserve has eight scheduled meetings each year when the seven board members review the nation’s economic activity and set the federal funds rate’s target rate. (more…)

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What Are Stock Splits?

Aug 24, 2020

Stock Splits Sign
Here’s what you need to know

Two high-profile companies—Apple and Tesla—have announced stock splits in the past few weeks, which makes it a great time to discuss what’s involved when a company announces a stock split. (more…)

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COVID-19 and Positive Market Territory

Aug 10, 2020

Market Update
Market Update

The battle versus COVID-19 continues. The spread in some of the recent hotspots like California and Florida is slowing, while states in the Northeast and Midwest are now experiencing increases in cases. According to the World Health Organization, 27 vaccines are in human trials, and the chances of an approved vaccine by late this year or early next year are quite high. By staying on the side of scientists, and through humankind’s resolve as the entire world is working together, it’s possible to believe we will beat this latest adversary. (more…)

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Don’t Overreact in August Amidst Volatility

Aug 5, 2020

stock market volatility uncertainty
Understanding Summer Volatility

One of my favorite Wall Street quotes regarding volatility is from Mark Twain, who said:

“October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” (more…)

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Corporate Executive Insider Trading to Watch for

Aug 3, 2020

Buy Sell Stocks Dice
A Look at “insider” trading

To some, the buying and selling of a company’s stock by corporate executive officers and directors can be an indicator of Wall Street sentiment.

In July 2020, the ratio of companies with executive buying compared with executive selling touched 0.27 – the lowest level in nearly 20 years.1 (more…)

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The I.R.S. Has Enhanced the 2020 RMD Waivers

Jul 29, 2020

Required Minimum Distributions
Investors may be eligible to “undo” certain retirement account withdrawals before September.

In March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law. It was designed to help Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.1

The new law offered investors a financial break. It gave people the option to skip required minimum distributions (RMDs) from traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k)-style plans in 2020. (Original owners of Roth IRAs never have to take RMDs from those accounts.)2,3 (more…)

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More Insights

Sep 30, 2020

Most recently, you may have read that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced a change in how the Fed views inflation. In the past, the Fed said it would consider adjusting bond market short-term rates when inflation approached 2 percent. But in light of 2020’s many challenges, the Fed’s new policy may allow inflation to … Continue reading “The Bond Market Listens When the Fed Talks Inflation”

Sep 28, 2020

A U.S. drug company recently said that it’s in late-stage trials for its coronavirus vaccine and reported that it could be given to Americans as early as the end of the year.1

Sep 25, 2020

To some, this may hardly feel like an economy headed for a bright future. But don’t tell that to home builders. Builder confidence in August jumped to an eye-popping 78 in August, according to the Housing Market Index courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders. To put that number in perspective, anything over 50 … Continue reading “Home Builders Confident in Economic Rebound”

Sep 23, 2020

When it comes to retirement, some women face obstacles that can make saving for retirement a challenge. Women typically earn less than their male counterparts and often take time out of the workforce to care for children or other family members. Added to the fact that women typically live longer than men, retirement money for … Continue reading “Women Facing and Conquering Retirement Challenges”

Sep 21, 2020

Football is back, which means Summer is coming to a close, days will get shorter, and sweaters will soon be in play. This year, there was no pre-season, so professional football started in September, which coincidentally, is a perennial month for stock market volatility.1

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