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Quarterly Market Review: July-September 2016

Posted on October 5th, 2016 by

The Markets (as of market close September 30, 2016) The second quarter provided a bumpy ride for investors. Following the upheaval caused by the Brexit vote in June, July kicked off the third quarter by ending the month in favorable fashion, as each of the indexes listed here posted month-to-month gains, led by the Russell […]

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Market Week: October 3, 2016

Posted on October 3rd, 2016 by

The Markets (as of market close September 30, 2016) Last week equities started off well enough, still feeding off the Fed’s decision to leave interest rates alone for the time being. But fear of financial instability for one of the world’s largest banks may have prompted many investors to sell, causing the market to tumble […]

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What is the most important component of GDP in the United States?

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by

We often hear in the media that consumer spending is crucial to the overall health of the U.S. economy, but exactly how important is it? Representing approximately two-thirds of overall GDP, consumption–the almighty consumer–is the largest driver of economic growth in the United States. Of the nearly $18 trillion in U.S. GDP (2015), American shoppers are responsible […]

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How is GDP calculated in the U.S.?

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by

GDP, or gross domestic product, is a measurement of the total value of all goods and services produced in the United States over a given time period. It is used by economists, government officials, market forecasters and others to gauge the overall health of the U.S. economy. Although there are several ways of calculating GDP, […]

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Market Week: September 26, 2016

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by

Key Dates/Data Releases 9/26: New home sales 9/27: Consumer confidence 9/28: Durable goods orders 9/29: GDP, international trade in goods 9/30: Personal income and outlays, consumer sentiment The Markets (as of market close September 23, 2016) Buoyed by news from the Fed and the Bank of Japan that measures intended to stimulate the economy would […]

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The Importance of Saving for Retirement at a Young Age

Posted on September 22nd, 2016 by

If you’re an adult in your 20s, you are entering an exciting stage of life. Whether you’ve just graduated from college or are starting a new career, you will encounter many opportunities and challenges as you create a life of your own. As busy as you are, it’s no surprise that retirement may seem a […]

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Market Week: September 19, 2016

Posted on September 19th, 2016 by

Key Dates/Data Releases 9/20: Housing starts 9/21: FOMC meeting announcement 9/22: Existing home sales The Markets (as of market close September 16, 2016) Volatility in the markets reigned last week as each of the indexes listed here enjoyed gains early in the week, only to give most of them back by last week’s end. The […]

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Bigger Retirement Benefit

Posted on September 15th, 2016 by

How to Get a Bigger Social Security Retirement Benefit Many people decide to begin receiving early Social Security retirement benefits. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration, about 72% of retired workers receive benefits prior to their full retirement age. 1 But waiting longer could significantly increase your monthly retirement income, so weigh your options carefully […]

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Market Week: September 12, 2016

Posted on September 12th, 2016 by

Key Dates/Data Releases 9/13: Treasury budget 9/14: Import and export prices 9/15: Producer Price Index, retail sales, industrial production 9/16: Consumer Price Index, consumer sentiment The Markets (as of market close September 9, 2016) Equities indexes rebounded early last week as lackluster economic reports in the labor and manufacturing sectors, coupled with a falling dollar, […]

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Quiz: Test Your Interest Rate Knowledge

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by

In December 2015, the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds target rate to a range of 0.25% to 0.50%, the first rate increase from the near-zero range where it had lingered for seven years. Many economists viewed this action as a positive sign that the Fed had finally deemed the U.S. economy healthy enough to […]

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