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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Markets Remain Bullish Weekly Alert - August 8, 2017 Another week of economic performance brought more news that the markets continue their bullish streak. After eight consecutive record-high closings, the Dow rose above 22,000 for the...

 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Markets March Ahead Weekly Alert - August 1, 2017 Last week, markets marched ahead within a busy reporting week. The Dow rose 1.16% to close Friday on another new high.[1] The S&P 500 notched a record high during the week, despite...

 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Strong Stocks & A Falling Dollar Weekly Alert - July 25, 2017 Last week, the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ again hit record highs. The midweek peaks fell by Friday, though market performance remained strong.[1] By week's end, the Dow...

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Special Quarterly Update: Q2 Coming Into Focus Weekly Alert - July 18, 2017 Last Friday, stocks closed on more record highs. The S&P 500 rose 1.41% and the Dow climbed 1.04% - both closing at new peaks.[1] The NASDAQ reported a 2.58%...

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Markets Start Second-Half Slow Weekly Alert - July 11, 2017 As the country celebrated the Fourth of July last week, the markets experienced some volatility, though they finished a bit flat overall.[1] The Dow fell then rose to close...

 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Market Volatility Returns Weekly Alert - July 5, 2017 As Q2 ended, markets hit a six-week volatility high.[1] While the tech sector declined during the week, consumer discretionary and industrial sectors drove stocks higher on Friday...

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Markets Slide Sideways Weekly Alert - June 27, 2017 Last week, markets kept relatively quiet despite the continuing drop in oil prices. The S&P 500 rose by 0.21%, the Dow increased by 0.05%, and the NASDAQ - the week's best performer -...

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mixed Markets Continue WEEKLY ALERT - June 20, 2017 Markets remained mixed last week as the Dow closed at another record high, while the NASDAQ fell and the S&P 500 held steady.[1] By Friday, the Dow gained 0.52%, the NASDAQ fell -0...

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stocks Down but Long-Term View Up WEEKLY ALERT - June 13, 2017 Markets last week were mixed with leading tech stocks falling dramatically as some investors pulled profits.[1] The NASDAQ took the biggest hit, finishing 1.55% down on the...

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Stocks Advance, Economy Softens Weekly Alert - June 6, 2017 Last week, the S&P 500, Dow, and NASDAQ closed at all-time record highs.[1] The S&P 500 rose 0.96%, the Dow gained 0.6%, and the NASDAQ grew by 1.54%.[2] Meanwhile, the MSCI...

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Strong and Steady Markets WEEKLY ALERT - May 30, 2017 The markets marched ahead last week with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ reporting all-time records, albeit just slightly above previous highs.[1] The S&P rose 1.43% over last week,...

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stocks Down but Long-Term View UpWEEKLY ALERT - November 8, 2016 We're in the middle of an interesting moment for the markets, where short-term volatility and uncertainty might lead you to believe that the economy is faltering. After...

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Quiet Week Ends With Indexes Up WEEKLY ALERT - October 24, 2016 After a two-week losing streak, U.S. indexes ended in positive territory across the board. The S&P 500 increased by 0.38%, the Dow was up 0.04%, and the NASDAQ gained 0...

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How Much Will Hurricane Matthew Cost? WEEKLY ALERT - October 17, 2016 Though stocks rose Friday after statements from Federal Reserve officials, the major indexes ended the week lower amid choppy trading. For the week, the S&P 500 lost...

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Special Quarterly Update: Stocks See Strong Gains in Q3 WEEKLY ALERT - October 10, 2016 After a volatile September, stocks ended the third quarter of 2016 resoundingly in the black. In the third quarter, the S&P 500 gained 3.31%, the...

 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Why Deutsche Bank Isn't LehmanWEEKLY ALERT - October 3, 2016 Though the final week of the third quarter ended positively for the major indexes, stocks took a rocky path to get there. A presidential debate, surging oil prices, and...

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stocks Rally After Fed Stands PatWEEKLY ALERT - SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 Stocks rallied again last week after the Federal Reserve voted not to raise interest rates this month. While few expected the Fed to act last week, official statements...

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

After Summer Slumber, Volatility is Back - WEEKLY ALERT - September 19, 2016 Volatility picked up last week due to pressures from lower oil prices and speculation about the timing of the Federal Reserve's next rate hike. This summer...

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Stocks Close Mixed on GDP DisappointmentWEEKLY ALERT - August 2, 2016 After trading flat for most of the week, stocks broadly sank Friday on fears of a future rate hike. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 2.39%, the Dow fell 2.20%, the...

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

S&P 500 at New High After Jobs BlowoutWEEKLY ALERT - August 9, 2016 Stocks bounced last week, ending sharply higher after a better-than-expected jobs report. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.43%, the Dow rose 0.60%, the NASDAQ added...

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Stocks Close Mixed on GDP Disappointment WEEKLY ALERT - August 2, 2016 Stocks broke their four-week winning streak, closing mixed after the release of a surprisingly low estimate of second-quarter economic growth. For the week, the...

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

S&P 500 Closes at Another New RecordWEEKLY ALERT - JULY 26, 2016 Stocks ended a fourth straight week of gains, sending the S&P 500 index to another record high.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.61%, the Dow grew 0.29%, the NASDAQ...

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stocks Set New RecordsWEEKLY ALERT - JULY 18, 2016 Stocks were up for the third week in a row, posting record highs on better-than-expected earnings results and solid domestic economic data.[1] Since the bottom of the post-Brexit...

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Stocks End Q2 With a BangQUARTERLY UPDATE - JULY 5, 2016 After the previous week's post-Brexit selloff, stocks closed out last week with one of the best performances of 2016 as investors bought the dip. In the first half of the year,...

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fed Blinks on Brexit FearsWEEKLY UPDATE - JUNE 20, 2016 Markets fell on Brexit fears and concerns about the Fed's dovish statements, giving the Dow its worst week in a month.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 slipped 1.19%, the Dow fell 1...

 

Friday, June 3, 2016

6 Critical Social Security Facts Retirees Must Know According to Social Security Administration (SSA) statistics, Social Security benefits account for about 34 percent of retirement income for the average American.1 One of the biggest...

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dow, S&P 500 Post Best Week Since March WEEKLY ALERT - MAY 31, 2016 Stocks ended a solid week on a high note ahead of the Memorial Day weekend after statements by Federal Reserve officials boosted expectations of a rate hike this...

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

wall st Fed Changes Tune On Interest Rates WEEKLY ALERT - MAY 24, 2016 Stocks closed out a bumpy week mixed, ending a three-week stretch of losses for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The Dow, however, extended losses for a fourth straight week...

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Stocks rallied again last week on better-than-expected earnings and some reassuring news about China's economy, giving the Dow its best weekly performance since mid-March.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.62%, the Dow added 1.82%,...

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

After a rocky start to the year, most stocks ended the first quarter slightly higher, which is remarkable considering the negative sentiment that caused stocks to selloff in the early weeks of 2016. For the quarter, the S&P 500 gained...

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stocks ended the holiday-shortened week down, snapping their five-week winning streak. However, losses were mild amid low trading volume before the Easter weekend. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.67%, the Dow fell 0.49%, and the...

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Stocks closed out their fourth week of gains as investors gained confidence from higher oil prices and aggressive moves by the European Central Bank. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.11%, the Dow grew 1.21%, and the NASDAQ added 0.67%...

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tax season is underway and that means an uptick in tax-related scams. One particularly pernicious form of fraud is tax identity theft. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone uses sensitive personal information (like your...

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Markets ended another volatile week lower despite a bounce in oil prices. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.81%, the Dow fell 1.43%, and the NASDAQ dropped 0.59%.[1] Amid volatile stock prices and disappointing global economic news,...

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

U.S. equities experienced a brutal tumble last week after more bad news emerged from China. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 5.96%, the Dow dropped 6.19%, and the NASDAQ fell 7.26%.[1] China's ongoing economic woes are causing major...

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Now that 2015 is in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look at some of the factors that influenced markets last year. Though markets closed essentially flat, it's important to realize what a small miracle that is, given the many...

 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

As the end of the year approaches, as busy as you are with holidays, family, and travel, it is also a great time to do some last-minute tax planning. As a courtesy, we want to provide you with a few eleventh-hour tax tips you may find...

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How Married Couples Can Work Together to Maximize BenefitsMaking the Most of Your Spousal BenefitsWe have provided some basic guidelines to understanding spousal benefits, and have offered two strategies to examine. Keep in mind, the...

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How to Begin Benefits at the Right Time, and Avoid leaving Money on the TableDeciding When to File Requires Individualized PlanningWhen to begin benefits? This question sends many searching for aspirin" It doesn't have to. Everyone...

 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Avoid Damaging Medicare Mistakes, and Increase Lifetime BenefitsSocial Security and Medicare Most people become eligible for Medicare at age 65. It's an important part of your retirement, and it does cross paths with Social Security...

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014