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Monday, November 20, 2017

Retirement is upon you – you’ve been stashing your cash since young adulthood, making wise investments to grow your retirement income, and creating a budget for the Grand 20+ Year Vacation so you can enjoy your Golden...

 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Just because you’ve exited the workforce doesn’t mean you stop paying taxes. You don’t want to be surprised by the IRS in retirement. Just as you create a budget for living expenses in retirement, so too should you...

 

Monday, October 23, 2017

What is an annuity? An annuity is an investment arrangement with an insurance company who agrees to make payouts to the investor beginning at a specified date. Unlike insurance policies that make payouts only in the event of accidents...

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Saving for retirement is more complex than it was a century ago. Today, stockpiling for the Golden Years is more than just tucking a portion of your income into a traditional savings account – you might as well be stuffing it...

 

Monday, September 25, 2017

As of September 2017, the US national debt clocks in at nearly $20.2 trillion, of which the top spending categories, in order of magnitude, are Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, Defense and War, income security (e.g....

 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

What is a mutual fund? Mutual funds are a form of collective investment that pools money from multiple investors, which may include individuals, companies, or organizations. The cumulative funds are then used to purchase a variety of...

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

What is a hedge fund? For an investment newbie, hedge fund may seem like a bit of a misnomer. Hedge funds are not a single fund or type of investment; rather, they are privately-held financial companies that pool investors’ money...

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What is a will? A will is basically a legal document specifying how you would like the executor, the person you name to execute your will, to handle your estate or possessions and who your beneficiaries are. Beneficiaries are simply...

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

More people end up relying on Social Security as a major source of income than they initially thought when they were still in the workforce. Only about one-third of workers predicted they would depend on Social Security benefits to...

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Want to start saving for retirement? The best place to start is to examine your current spending habits. Looking at income alone is misleading. Your expenses and lifestyle are really going to determine what you need to tuck away to...

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nearly one-third of the average US consumer’s budget is dedicated to household-related expenses, surpassing the second and third largest categories, transportation (17%) and food (13%), combined. Most people substantially...

 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Federal Reserve Sends a Dovish Signal; Core Prices Up More than 2% in 12 Months; The Latest On Sales, Sentiment & Starts; DOW, S&P Turn Positive for 2016

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Stocks Settle at 2016 Highs; Oil Rallies, Gold Retreats; Wall Street Watches ECB, Waits on Fed.; Bull Market Turns Seven

 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Month in Brief; Domestic Economic Health; Global Economic Health; World Markets; Commodities Markets; Real Estate; Look Back ... Looking Forward; Upcoming Economic Releases;

 

Monday, March 7, 2016

242,000 New Jobs Created In February; ISM Indices Beat Expectations; Pending Home Sales Declined In January; DJIA Regains 17,000 Level

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Good News About Consumer Spending, Q4 GDP; Consumer Confidence Wanes; Home Prices, Existing Home Sales Advance; Solid Gains for the Major Indices

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Wall Street Has Its Best Week of 2016; Wholesale Prices Outpace Consumer Prices; Builders Started Fewer Projects Last Month; Industrial Output Improves 0.9% in January

 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Oil Jumps 12%, But Stocks Retreat for the Week; Better News About Retail Sales; A Hint of Consumer Pessimism; Mortgage Rates Reach 10-Month Low

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Unemployment Now Below 5% Consumer Spending Flattened in December; Manufacturing Slowdown Continues; Oil Prices & Stock Indices Decline

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Month in Brief; Domestic Economic Health; Global economic Health; World Markets; Commodities Markets; Real Estate; Looking Back ... Looking Forward

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

One Confidence Poll Rises, Another Falls; New Home Sales Leap 10.8%; First Estimate of Q4 Growth: 0.7%; Stocks Rally as January Ends

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Oil Rebound Drives Stocks Higher; Existing Home Sales Pace Improves 14.7%; Weak Energy Prices Help to Curb Inflation; Builder Activity Tails Off in December

 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Light Sweet Crude Settles at $29.42; Consumer Optimism Remains; Producer Price Index Slips 0.2%; Worries About Oil, China Impede Stocks

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Can Stocks regain their footing this week?; 292,000 New Hires in December; Factory Sector Contracts for Another Month; Gold Prices Climb Oil, Oil Prices Slide

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Households More Optimistic as 2016 Approaches; Pending Home Sales Index Falls; Home Prices Advance 5.5% Year-Over-Year; S&P 500 Posts Small Loss for 2015

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How Low Will Oil Futures go? Retail Sales Improve 0.2%; Consumers Grow a Bit More Positive; Producer Prices Head North; Stocks Retreat as Crude Prices Sink

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Jobs Report Gives the Fed a Green Light Service Sector Grows, Factory Sector Shrinks Pending Home Sales Index Improves Oil Settles at $39.97 A Friday Rally Leads to a Winning Week

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE TRENDS DOWN; CONSUMER SPENDING NUDGES UP; A LEAP FOR NEW HOME SALES IN OCTOBER; AN ADVANCE FOR THE BIG THREE

 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

THE MONTH IN BRIEF; DOMESTIC ECONOMIC HEALTH; GLOBAL ECONOMIC HEALTH; WORLD MARKETS; COMMODITIES MARKETS; REAL ESTATE; LOOKING BACK…LOOKING FORWARD

 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

MIXED CONSUMER SIGNALS AT MONTH’s END; FEWER NEW HOMES SOLD IN SEPTEMBER; U.S. ECONOMY GREW 1.5% IN Q3; WALL STREET’S COMEBACK CONTINUES

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

EXISTING HOME SALES ACCELERATE; MORE HOUSING STARTS IN SEPTEMBER; OIL & GOLD RETREAT; S&P TURNS POSITIVE YTD; NASDAQ BACK ABOVE 5,000

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

SEPTEMBER FED MINUTES SHOW CAUTION; ISM SERVICES INDEX FALLS SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS; WTI CRUDE, GOLD BOTH RALLY; DOVISH FED STANCE HELPS STOCKS JUMP

 

Monday, October 5, 2015

142,000 New Jobs Created In September; Consumer Spending, Confidence Both Rise; ISM Manufacturing PMI Sinks to 50.2; Pending Home Sales Index Slips; Investors See Less Cause for Fed to Tighten

 

Monday, October 5, 2015

THE MONTH IN BRIEF; DOMESTIC ECONOMIC HEALTH; GLOBAL ECONOMIC HEALTH; WORLD MARKETS; COMMODITIES MARKETS; REAL ESTATE; LOOKING BACK…LOOKING FORWARD

 

Monday, September 28, 2015

A BIT MORE OPTIMISM AS SEPTEMBER ENDS; DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS FOR AUGUST HOME SALES; DURABLE GOODS ORDERS RETREAT 2.0%; Q2 GDP REVISED UP TO 3.9%; A DOWN WEEK FOR EQUITIES

 

Monday, September 21, 2015

FED POSTPONES RATE MOVE, SIGNALS ONE SOON; INFLATION HARDLY PRESENT IN AUGUST; A MINOR GAIN IN RETAIL SALES; HOUSING STARTS DECLINE, BUT PERMITS INCREASE; INVESTORS RESET EXPECTATIONS

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

NO SURPRISE: HOUSEHOLD SENTIMENT WANES; PRODUCER PRICES WERE UNCHANGED IN AUGUST; COULD WTI CRUDE DIP TO $20 A BARREL?; STOCKS END THE WEEK HIGHER

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

THE MONTH IN BRIEF; DOMESTIC ECONOMIC HEALTH; GLOBAL ECONOMIC HEALTH; WORLD MARKETS; COMMODITIES MARKETS; REAL ESTATE; LOOKING BACK…LOOKING FORWARD

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

PACE OF HIRING SLOWED IN AUGUST; ISM INDICES SHOW FURTHER INDUSTRY EXPANSION; A SMALL GAIN FOR FACTORY ORDERS; VOLATILITY CONTINUES ON WALL STREET

 

Monday, August 31, 2015

STOCKS CORRECT, THEN REBOUND; GOOD NEWS FROM MAIN STREET; ASSORTED GAINS IN THE HOUSING SECTOR; Q2 GROWTH REVISED TO 3.7%

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

CHINA DATA, CRUDE PRICES DRIVE MAJOR SELLOFF; EXISTING HOME SALES AT AN 8-YEAR PEAK; LATEST CPI SHOWS MINIMAL INFLATION PRESSURE; JULY FED MINUTES: UNCERTAINTY ABOUT A RATE HIKE

 

Monday, August 17, 2015

SHOPPERS SPEND MORE IN JULY; A SLIGHT DIP IN HOUSEHOLD SENTIMENT; WHOLESALE INFLATION INCREASED IN JULY; WALL STREET HOLDS UP AFTER YUAN WEAKENS

 

Monday, August 10, 2015

A GREEN LIGHT FOR A RATE HIKE?; PERSONAL SPENDING IMPROVED 0.2% IN JUNE; ISM SERVICE SECTOR PMI REACHES HISTORIC PEAK; A DOWN WEEK FOR STOCKS

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

THE MONTH IN BRIEF; DOMESTIC ECONOMIC HEALTH; GLOBAL ECONOMIC HEALTH; WORLD MARKETS; COMMODITIES MARKETS; REAL ESTATE; LOOKING BACK…LOOKING FORWARD

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DIPS WITH STOCK DECLINES; PENDING HOME SALES SLIP; PRICE INDEX TICKS UP; Q2 GDP ESTIMATED AT 2.3%; STATUS QUO IS GOOD FOR WALL STREET

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

EXISTING HOME SALES UP, NEW HOME SALES DOWN; LEADING INDICATOR INDEX RISES 0.6%; TRYING WEEK FOR STOCKS, GOLD & OIL

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONSUMER & WHOLESALE PRICES INCREASE; HOUSEHOLD SENTIMENT, RETAIL SALES COOL; LAST MONTH SAW A JUMP IN CONSTRUCTION; GREEK DEBT DEAL, EARNINGS TAKE STOCKS NORTH

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

GREECE GIVES IN, STOCKS RALLY; A GAIN FOR THE ISM SERVICES PMI; YELLEN: 2015 RATE HIKE SEEMS “APPROPRIATE”; CRUDE & GOLD PRICES SINK

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

This handy reference guide rounds up market returns and economic data as of June 30, 2015, and includes context. Market performance includes data for a wide variety of asset classes, sectors, mutual funds, indexes, and more. The...

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

WALL STREET HANGS ON AS GREECE DEFAULTS; ANOTHER SOLID JOBS REPORT, WITH AN ASTERISK; FACTORIES WERE A BIT BUSIER IN JUNE; KEY CONFIDENCE BAROMETER RISES; NAR, CASE-SHILLER INDICES DISAPPOINT

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

THE MONTH IN BRIEF; DOMESTIC ECONOMIC HEALTH; GLOBAL ECONOMIC HEALTH; WORLD MARKETS; COMMODITIES MARKETS; REAL ESTATE; LOOKING BACK…LOOKING FORWARD

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CONSUMER SPENDING INCREASES 0.9%; HOUSEHOLDS FEEL MORE OPTIMISTIC; HOUSING MARKET LEAVES DOLDRUMS BEHIND; SILVER LINING IN DURABLE GOODS, Q1 GDP NUMBERS; 5-DAY LOSSES FOR THE 3 MAJOR INDICES

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

WILL THE FED MAKE A MOVE IN THE FALL?; CPI UP 0.4% IN MAY, BUT INFLATION STILL MUTED; HOUSING STARTS DOWN, BUILDING PERMITS UP; STOCKS ADVANCE