Further Gains for Stocks

The Week on Wall Street The market had a choppy five days, with traders reacting to geopolitical developments and weaker-than-expected jobs data. Even so, the three major U.S. equity indices posted weekly gains and continued their strong start to the new year. During...

Concerns About Oil

The Week on Wall Street Stocks descended from record highs Friday, as traders reacted to a U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top military officer. Oil prices rose more than 3% following the breaking news. Wall Street benchmarks ended up having a sideways week, shortened...

The Year in Review

What Drove the Markets? Four factors influenced investment performance in 2019: a shift in U.S. monetary policy, the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, earnings, and the economy. Stocks reached record highs in 2019. The S&P 500 climbed above 3,000 for the first...

WEEKLY UPDATE – NOVEMBER 18, 2019

  The Week on Wall Street Stock benchmarks were little changed for much of last week, but a rally occurred Friday after news broke that the U.S. and China could be closing in on the first phase of a new trade pact.At Friday’s close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average...

WEEKLY UPDATE – OCTOBER 7, 2019

The Week on Wall Street The fourth quarter started with a mixed week for equities. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.92% for the week; the S&P 500, 0.33%. In contrast, the Nasdaq Composite improved 0.54%. Overseas stocks pulled back: the MSCI EAFE index dipped 2.60%....

New warnings from the IRS on Virtual Currency!!!!

The IRS has stepped up its game in trying to collect Taxes from the Virtual world, the Kiplinger Tax Letter just posted the following warning –   *Virtual Currency – Revenue agents are on the hunt for those who deal in virtual currency. They’re mailing letters to people they...

Fed Cuts Rates, Stocks Retreat

The Week on Wall Street Last week, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, in line with Wall Street’s expectations. Ironically, stocks had their worst week of 2019. The S&P 500 finished the week 3.10% lower. The Dow Jones...

Stocks Descend from Recent Peaks

The Week on Wall Street Stock benchmarks retreated during the first week of the second-quarter earnings season. As some big names shared quarterly results, investors seemed more interested in what might happen at the Federal Reserve’s upcoming policy meeting. For the week,...

Target-date fund design may be wrong for retirees

Researchers suggest the funds don’t adequately hedge against sequence-of-returns risk in retirement Prominent retirement researchers are questioning whether target-date funds, the golden goose of the 401(k) industry, are structured appropriately. TDFs have become the...

WEEKLY UPDATE – JUNE 17, 2019

The Week on Wall Street Stocks advanced for a second straight week. The S&P 500 benchmark rose 0.47%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.70%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 0.41%. Overseas shares, as tracked by the MSCI EAFE developed markets index, added 0.20%.[1][2] The market...