Falling Oil Prices Watch the bouncing ball; that may describe oil prices in recent years. With incremental changes, Americans are at the point where we might not even pay attention anymore. It’s only those trends that move the ball substantially, either up or down, that seem to catch our attention. With that in mind, oil… Continue Reading Falling Oil Prices
The FAANG Stocks May Still Have Fangs The Internet hasn’t only changed the way people communicate, check on financial accounts or study for school projects. It has brought great wealth to certain companies and their stockholders. Whether they are in the social media realm, in entertainment, online product sales or make the devices we use… Continue Reading The FAANG Stocks May Still Have Fangs
The Trump Administration Tax Reform Plan Reducing personal and corporate tax rates is a centerpiece of the new Trump tax reform proposal which came out April 26, 2017. The changes are meant to stimulate domestic corporate profits and hiring while giving the middle class a tax break. The other goal of the proposal… Continue Reading The Trump Administration Tax Reform Plan
The Recent French Election Preventing future terrorist attacks was apparently not on the minds of the French people as they went to the polls and voted for Emmanuel Macron as the country’s next president. Macron had run on a pro-Europe, pro-EU platform, but it was his opponent who ran on the need for stricter vetting… Continue Reading The Recent French Election
French Elections; What Does It Mean? France has had more than its share of terrorist events and that fact has crept into the country’s politics. It has propelled one of two parties competing for the presidency into prominence for the post. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen made it through round one to fight it… Continue Reading French Elections; What Does It Mean?
Geopolitical Instability; What Does It Mean For Markets? Investors can be nervous people. That goes double for institutional investors; the people who manage big pension funds, mutual funds, foundations or the funds in insurance companies. When you are responsible for managing billions of dollars, in some cases, you worry about a hiccup of any geopolitical… Continue Reading Geopolitical Instability; What Does It Mean For Markets?
Tax Preparation And Why It’s Important For Retirement Taxes are much like rust; once they are allowed to erode, they just keep on eroding. As an investor, both fees and taxes can erode the potential future balance of a savings or retirement account. For this reason, strategies should always include tax considerations. Especially for those… Continue Reading Why Tax preparation is important for retirement
New Fed rate hike market reaction? The past couple of years witnessed more speculation about interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve than what was the reality. Many of the pundits were convinced we would see four increases during 2016 and they were wrong. The thinking has shifted in 2017 as some of the precursors… Continue Reading New Fed rate hike market reaction?
The U.S. Trade Deficit; Should There Be Concern? In recent years, the growth of manufacturing in China, as well as some emerging economies. This allowed that sector to be dominated outside the U.S. Cheap labor, and a preponderance of manufacturing facilities has moved much of the production of products outside the U.S. and often to… Continue Reading The U.S. Trade Deficit; Should There Be Concern?
National Debt Ceiling Being Raised Can you imagine that you have run up the balances on your credit cards to their maximums and you call the issuer of each credit card and announce; “I have decided that you need to raise my spending limit.” You know the response; “We make that decision; not you.” The… Continue Reading National Debt Ceiling Being Raised