Dow Jones Changes Lineup

Bill Gordon, AIF® The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup. Salesforce.com, Amgen Inc., and Honeywell International Inc. have replaced Exxon Mobil Corp., Pfizer Inc., and Raytheon Technologies Corp. The change went into effect before the market opened on … Continue reading Dow Jones Changes Lineup

3 Things Young Professionals Should Remember During Volatile Markets

Sunwook Jin, CFP®, CRPC®, CMFC®, EA In times of uncertainty it’s important to remember, control what you can control. I read an article recently about the hoarding of materials that has occurred during this pandemic and the thought process behind it. It all comes down to control, or at least the illusion of it. Having … Continue reading 3 Things Young Professionals Should Remember During Volatile Markets

Are you a spender or an investor?

You stand at your front window and look nearby. Wonderful residential property, you believe. Wonderful landscape design. Wonderful sports car. Nice driveway. New bikes for the kids. Wow, your next-door neighbors are truly well off. That ordinary home down the street with the older sedan parked in the drive fades in contrast. A couple in … Continue reading Are you a spender or an investor?

What is a Stop-Loss Strategy? And Should I Care?

Just what is a stop-loss method, and how can it potentially assist an investor? Several investors make use of stop-loss orders as a type of "insurance policy" versus securities market losses. Merely described, a stop-loss order is an order you offer to a broker to market a stock when the share rate falls to a … Continue reading What is a Stop-Loss Strategy? And Should I Care?

Keep Calm, Stay on Plan

Expect more volatility, but avoid letting the headlines alter your plans. Recent headlines have disturbed what was an unusually calm stock market. The political uproar in Washington may continue for weeks or months, and it could mean significant, ongoing turbulence for Wall Street. As an investor, a retirement saver, how much will this turmoil matter … Continue reading Keep Calm, Stay on Plan

Beware of Emotions Affecting Your Money Decisions

Today’s impulsive moves could breed tomorrow’s regrets. When emotions and money intersect, the effects can be financially injurious. Emotions can cause us to overreact – or not act at all when we should. Think of the investors who always respond to sudden Wall Street volatility. That emotional response may not be warranted, and they may … Continue reading Beware of Emotions Affecting Your Money Decisions

As Anticipated, Interest Rates Rise

The Federal Reserve’s latest policy move corresponds to market expectations. Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate by 0.25%. That decision surprised no one – at least no one in the financial markets. Hours before the announcement, the CME Group’s FedWatch Tool, which calculates the chance of interest rate moves based on Fed … Continue reading As Anticipated, Interest Rates Rise

What Will the Election Do to the Market?

Will volatility seize Wall Street? Or will calm prevail? Wall Street has had a rather calm summer. How about fall? Will volatility increase before and after Election Day? So far, the market is performing roughly in line with historical patterns. In 19 of the prior 22 presidential election years, the S&P 500 advanced from June … Continue reading What Will the Election Do to the Market?

The Trump & Clinton Tax Plans

How do they differ? Seemingly every presidential candidate offers a plan for tax reform. You can add Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to that long list. Here is a look at their plans, and the key reforms to federal tax law that might result if they were enacted. Donald Trump revised his tax plan this … Continue reading The Trump & Clinton Tax Plans

When Will Stocks Stabilize?

How deep will this correction ultimately be? January may prove to be the worst month for stocks in eight years. The S&P 500 just corrected for the second time in five months, and some investors think the bull market may be ending.1,2 Bull markets do end, and the current one is nearly seven years old, … Continue reading When Will Stocks Stabilize?