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Monday
Oct162017

Money Talks - October 14, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, to discuss the market’s mostly flat results for the week, sector performance and what the indices look like year to date. They also touch on the kickoff of earnings season. Jarrett and K.C. share some of the issues investors may run into when one spouse retires and the other spouse continues to work. The experts round out the show addressing listeners’ questions on whether investors should wait until January to take capital gains, investing in retailers like Wal-Mart and Target for the holiday season and the dip in Coach stock once the company unveiled its plans to rebrand as Tapestry.

  

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Monday
Oct162017

Case Study: Financial Issues When One Spouse Chooses to Retire Early

Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, to discuss some of the issues married couples may run into when one spouse retires and the other spouse continues to work.

 

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Monday
Oct162017

Market Roundup: Friday’s Rally Pushed Flat Week into Green Zone for Major Indices

Coming off a mixed jobs report from the previous Friday, the markets experienced directionless trading on Monday. By the closing bell, the major indices were firmly in the red. Reversing course, stocks closed Tuesday's trading session with gains, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new record level. Consumer brands stepped up across all indices while a dip in Technology stocks put pressure on the NASDAQ. Midweek brought new record highs with Consumer Staples leading the advancers. Stocks stepped up following the release of the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes, which suggested an 80% likelihood of a December rate hike. Indices reversed course on Thursday, closing in the red zone. Financial and Energy sectors traded lower on earnings details and a slide in crude oil. Department of Labor data showed initial jobless claims fell by 15,000 to 243,000 last week. Indices traded into green territory on Friday on a variety of economic news. The Consumer Price Index climbed 0.5% for September, which was shy of expectations, while the core CPI edged up just 0.1%. In other reports, retail sales ramped up in September, as overall sales climbed 1.6%, while core sales tacked on 0.5%. In a preliminary reading, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index showed consumer sentiment increasing to 101.1 from 95.1 in September.

 

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Monday
Oct162017

Q&A Time: Capital Gains, Retailers for the Holidays and Rebranding Coach

Henssler’s experts round out the “Money Talks” radio show by addressing listeners’ questions on whether investors should wait until January to take capital gains, whether investing in retailers like Wal-Mart and Target for the holiday season is reasonable, and they discuss the dip in Coach stock once the company unveiled its plans to rebrand as Tapestry.

 

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Monday
Oct092017

Money Talks - October 7, 2017

This week, Principal Jennifer Thomas, CFP®, and Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, join Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the week’s record-setting market movements and year-to-date sector performance. They also highlight economic indicators, from the Institute for Supply Management, the Manufacturing and Non-manufacturing indices. Jennifer and D.J. lead a discussion on Social Security benefits for married couples, focusing on deciding when to take benefits and how it should depend on when you need the money. The hosts also spend time answering listeners’ questions on health care companies Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Roche Holding, Ltd., oil and gas exploration company Pioneer Natural Resources, long-term disability insurance coverage, estate planning to control the distribution of wealth, and Tyson Foods, Inc. 

  

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Monday
Oct092017

Case Study: Social Security for Married Couples

This week, Principal Jennifer Thomas, CFP®, and Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, join Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss Social Security benefits for married couples, focusing on the decision of when to take benefits and how it should depend on when you need the money.

 

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Monday
Oct092017

Market Roundup: Equities Surge for Week Despite Friday’s Late Downturn

The benchmark indices posted notable gains for the week despite a late downturn on Friday. The U.S. stock indices kicked off the week, closing in green territory on Monday. Gains reached across several sectors, including Financials, Consumer Discretionary, and Health Care. In economic news, The ISM Manufacturing Index climbed to 60.8 in September, from 58.8 in August, marking the highest level since May 2004. The following day, the indices set new record highs as many Consumer Staples brands posted gains. On another note, U.S. automakers reported stronger-than-anticipated sales for September. Record levels were reached again mid-week as stocks stepped up on a variety of economic news. The ISM's Non-manufacturing Index showed that services industry activity ticked up to 59.8 in September from 55.3 in August, marking the highest level since August 2005. New record highs continued on Thursday with Consumer Staples stocks leading gains amid a variety of economic news. Weekly jobless claims declined last week. Department of Labor figures showed new claims dipped by 12,000 to 260,000. Elsewhere, U.S. factory orders increased in August, as Census Bureau data showed new orders for manufactured goods ticked up 1.2%. On Friday, the major indices slid down in afternoon trading following a mixed Jobs Report for September. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma likely affected payroll figures for September, but the unemployment rate declined to 4.2%—0.2 percentage point below August’s rate, and hourly earnings increased. 

 

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Monday
Oct092017

Q&A Time: Healthcare, Energy and Consumer Staple Stocks, Estate Planning and More

The “Money Talks” hosts spend time answering listeners’ questions on health care companies Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Roche Holding, Ltd., oil and gas exploration company Pioneer Natural Resources, long-term disability insurance coverage, estate planning to control the distribution of wealth, and Tyson Foods, Inc. 

 

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Sunday
Oct012017

Money Talks - September 30, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Managing Associate Shawna Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A., joins hosts Bil Lako, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA to discuss the S&P Core Logic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, New Home Sales, consumer confidence, and durable goods. Troy and Shawna lead a great discussion on how business valuations are often needed during a divorce to make sure the division of a jointly owned business is equitable when it comes to future cash flow. Troy explains how cash flow is determined by the cost of capital. The experts round out the show answering listeners’ questions on Kimberly Clark, working in retirement, tax relief for hurricane victims and the trends in Blue Chip stocks.

  

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Sunday
Oct012017

Case Study: What Does Your Capital Cost?

Managing Associate Shawna Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A., joins hosts Bil Lako, CFP® and Troy Harmon, CVA, CFA, in a discussion on how business valuations are often needed during a divorce to ensure the division of a jointly owned business is equitable when it comes to future cash flow. Troy explains how cash flow is determined by the cost of capital.

 

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Sunday
Oct012017

Market Roundup: Markets Experience Nearly Flat Week 

The major U.S. stock indices started the week in red territory on Monday, pulled down by a decline in Technology shares. U.S. tensions with North Korea also likely weighed on the market. The next day, many of the same Technology shares that were down Monday, rebounded, which helped the NASDAQ eke out a slight gain. The larger Dow Jones Industrial Average index closed less than a percentage point lower. Financial companies led stocks higher on Wednesday with investors taking bets on an improving economy and corporate profits. Gains continued on Thursday with Consumer stocks taking the lead. In economic news, the U.S. gross domestic product growth rebounded slightly in the second quarter. Real GDP ticked up 3.1%, from 1.2% growth in the first quarter. Additionally, the Department of Labor data showed first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 12,000 to 272,000, likely because of the recent hurricanes. Indices ended trading in the green zone on Friday with stocks posting gains on a variety of economic news. Personal income growth dipped to 0.2% from a downwardly revised 0.3% gain in July. On another note, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey fell by 1.7 points to 95.1 in September. Crude oil closed the week at $51.57 a barrel.

 

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Sunday
Oct012017

Q&A Time: Kimberly Clark, Working in Retirement and Blue Chip Stocks 

The “Money Talks” experts spend time answering listeners’ questions on an emotional investment in Kimberly Clark, working in retirement and the tax implications, tax relief for hurricane victims, and the trends in Blue Chip stocks. 

 

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Monday
Sep252017

Money Talks - September 23, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, and Senior Associate, Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, to discuss consumer sentiment, the latest on monetary policy from the Federal Open Market Committee and housing news. The Equifax data breach is still dominating headlines, so the experts take a look at protecting your information online and in real life, and what to do if you discover your information has been compromised. They round out the show with listener questions on investing in Equifax, maintaining a good debt-to-income ratio, and whether or not to sell an investment in Apogee Enterprises.

  

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Monday
Sep252017

Case Study: Protecting Your Identity After a Security Breach

With the Equifax data breach still dominating headlines, hosts Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, and Senior Associate, Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, take a look at protecting your information, and what to do if you discover your data has been compromised.

 

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Monday
Sep252017

Market Roundup: Dow and S&P Close at Record Levels as Fed Maintains Rates 

Indices ended trading with gains on Monday with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index closing at new records. Indices closed in the green zone again on Tuesday with advances made in the Telecommunications, Financials, and Technology sectors. The Dow and S&P 500 closed at record levels on Wednesday on a variety of economic news. The Federal Open Market Committee announced it will begin rolling off its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in October. The Fed will use caps, initially set at $6 billion per month, and will increase by $6 billion at three-month intervals over 12 months until it reaches $30 billion. Furthermore, despite strengthening in the labor market and modest economic growth, the FOMC decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1.00%-1.25%. In housing news, existing-home sales decreased in August, as sales slipped 1.7% from July levels. Sales last month were still 0.2% above totals from August 2016. The indices took a turn and closed in the red zone on Thursday, as Technology stocks led the downswing. Additionally, the Department of Labor showed that first-time claims fell by 23,000 from the previous week’s revised level to 259,000, versus an expected increase to 300,000. The markets were mixed on Friday with the Dow shedding points while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ posted marginal gains. Crude oil ticked up just slightly to close at $50.66 a barrel following news of a dip in U.S. drilling. Weekly numbers from Baker Hughes showed oil rig totals fell by five to 744.

 

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Monday
Sep252017

Q&A Time: Investing in Equifax and Maintaining a Good Debt-to-Income Ratio

The “Money Talks” hosts round out the show with listener questions on investing in Equifax, maintaining a good debt-to-income ratio, and whether or not to sell an investment in Apogee Enterprises.

 

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Monday
Sep182017

Money Talks - September 16, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Chief Investment Officer, Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Managing Associate, K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Director of Insurance Planning, Jim Crone, CLU®, CFS®, to discuss property and casualty insurers and the aftermath of hurricane Irma, how hurricane season affects the market, inflation indicators Producer Price and Consumer Price indices, and unemployment. Jim leads a conversation about life insurance and how your needs may change throughout your life. The experts round out the show answering listeners’ questions on the Equifax security breach and Travelers insurance.

  

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Monday
Sep182017

Case Study: Life Insurance Needs Change Throughout your Lifetime

This week, Chief Investment Officer Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, and Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, are joined by Director of Insurance Planning, Jim Crone, CLU®, CFS®, who brings a conversation about life insurance and how your needs may change from being single with group coverage through your employer to needing more because of personal responsibilities such as a family and a home.

 

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Monday
Sep182017

Market Roundup: Record Highs for Major Indices Throughout Week

While much of the Southeast was braced for Hurricane Irma, U.S. indices still closed in the green zone on Monday. The S&P 500 stepped up to a new all-time high. Crude oil prices ticked up as refineries closed because of Hurricane Harvey have started to resume production. The major indices closed Tuesday’s session at new record levels, as a promise of tax reform motivated the market. The rally continued the next day as indices closed with record highs for a second session. Energy brands led the upswing on a jump in crude oil prices, as West Texas Intermediate crude tacked on 2.2% to settle at a five-week high of $49.30 a barrel. In economic news, producer prices ticked up at a slower rate than expected in August. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed the Producer Price Index climbed by 0.2% last month, versus an anticipated 0.3% increase. Core prices, which discount food and energy, gained 0.2%. Markets edged up again on Thursday, as did inflation indicator, the Consumer Price Index. CPI rose 0.4% in August, stronger than expected. Excluding food and energy, CPI rose 0.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed at new record levels on Friday. Commerce Department data showed retail sales decreased by 0.2% in August versus expectations of a 0.1% gain. On another note, consumer confidence is on the wane for September. In a preliminary measure, the University of Michigan's sentiment index fell to 95.3, a better reading than an expected 95.1.

 

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Monday
Sep182017

Q&A Time: Equifax Security Breach and Travelers Companies, Inc.

The “Money Talks” experts answer listeners’ questions on the Equifax security breach and what consumers should do to protect themselves, and Travelers insurance and how hurricane season affects their bottom line.

 

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