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Monday
Jul272015

Money Talks – July 25, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Senior Associate, K.C. Smith, CFP®, joins Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss second quarter earnings for the market. They also touch on economic news, including the SEMI book-to-bill ratio, mortgages, home sales and jobless claims. Apple’s earnings are also talked about. In this week’s case study, our experts discuss what a daughter and her father need to do to plan for incapacity, as he was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s this year. The hosts also address listeners’ questions on 401(k) rollovers, Celgene, Artic Cat, SEI Investments, Bank of New York Mellon and Western Digital

  

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Monday
Jul272015

Case Study: Planning for Incapacity

Our experts take a broad look at planning for incapacity in the case of an elderly investor who has been diagnosed with the early signs of dementia.

 

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Monday
Jul272015

Despite Monday Rally, Stocks End Week in Negative Territory

Monday’s gains marked a return for major indices to record or near-record territory. European stocks also advanced as Greek banks reopened after a three-week hiatus. Tuesday, stocks fell after weak earnings from IBM and United Technologies. Meanwhile, Apple dipped ahead of its earnings release. The company issued robust quarterly data after the closing bell. Energy giants Chevron, Halliburton and Royal Dutch tacked on gains amid a jump in crude oil futures. West Texas Intermediate crude ticked up 0.4% to settle at $50.36 a barrel. Technology stocks continued to drag the markets down the next day. As the largest company by market capitalization in the S&P and NASDAQ, Apple has an outsized impact on the two market-cap weighted indices. Stocks dipped on Thursday amid a variety of economic news and earnings details. Labor Department data showed initial jobless claims decreased by 26,000 to 255,000 last week. Trading closed lower on Friday, with stocks retreating on a variety of economic news. Crude oil continued to dip. West Texas Intermediate crude slipped 0.6% to settle at $48.14 a barrel. Oil was down 5.4% for the week. On another note, new homes sales fell by 6.8% to an annual rate of 482,000 in June. Economists had expected a reading of 550,000.

 

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Monday
Jul272015

Q&A Time: Rollovers, Biopharmaceuticals, Investments and Data Storage

Our experts address how you can roll a distribution from a 401(k) into an IRA. They also discuss a variety of stocks, including biopharmaceutical company Celgene, recreational vehicle maker Artic Cat, financial investment companies, SEI Investments and Bank of New York and data storage solution company Western Digital.

 

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Monday
Jul202015

Money Talks – July 18, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Matt Hames, CTFA and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, are joined by Scott Keller, CFA, to discuss the market’s movements, the Beige Book, Producer Price index and earnings from Google, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Johnson & Johnson. The hosts also delve into a case study of a young family that inherited a large sum of money. They want to travel and see the world, but first they need a financial plan to put the inherited assets to work for their future. Our experts also address listener questions on ID theft protection services, the need for long-term care insurance, international real estate and Zillow.

  

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Monday
Jul202015

Case Study: How an Inheritance Affects Your Financial Plan

Our experts discuss a case study of a family who received an influx of cash through an inheritance. They discuss the importance of a financial plan before spending a dime.

 

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Monday
Jul202015

Tech Leads Market Higher

The markets opened the week higher following news of a Greek debt solution. Euro zone leaders reached an agreement with Greece to proceed with a bailout loan, on the condition Athens enforce tough reforms. On Tuesday, Technology brands led the market up. Search giant Google tacked on 2.66% ahead of its earnings release on Thursday. Amazon.com posted a 2.2% gain following a UBS ratings upgrade to "buy" from "neutral." Meanwhile, energy companies moved up after West Texas Intermediate crude added 1.6% to settle at $53.04 a barrel. Mid-week, the Producer Price index for final demand advanced 0.4% from May, beating the consensus forecast for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production was mediocre in June, with unexpected support from mining and a boost from utilities fueling a 0.3% increase. Google reported quarterly figures after the closing bell on Thursday, with second quarter earnings hitting $6.99 a share. This was well beyond expectations. Indices closed mixed on Friday. The Dow shed some points, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ added gains. Google led the NASDAQ to another all-time record level. In economic news, census data showed housing starts increased by 9.8% to a rate of 1.17 million in June. The results exceeded an expected pace of 1.11 million

 

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Monday
Jul202015

Q&A Time: ID Theft Protection, LTC Insurance and More

Our experts address a listener’s questions on identity theft protection services, such as Life Lock. They also answer questions on how to determine if you need to purchase long-term care insurance, global real estate funds and internet real estate marketplace Zillow.

 

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Monday
Jul132015

Money Talks – July 11, 2015

This week on Money Talks, Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Charlie Holloway, CFP®, CDFA™, and Ben Crowe, CFP®, CFA, C.P.A. to discuss the week’s headline market news, including Greek debt and austerity measures, China’s stock market plummeting and the NYSE’s computer glitch that stopped trading for a few hours. They also tackle a case study of a lawyer who has recently opened her own firm and is overwhelmed by the retirement savings opportunities. They explain what plans work best for the self-employed and what plans can accommodate employees, should she hire in the future. The experts also address listener questions on buying utility stocks instead of a money market account, and one on steel companies.

  

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Monday
Jul132015

Case Study: Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed

Our experts tackle a case study of a lawyer who has recently opened her own firm and is overwhelmed by the retirement savings opportunities. They explain what plans generally work best for the self-employed, and what plans can accommodate employees, should she hire in the future.

 

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Monday
Jul132015

Turbulent Week with Trading Halt Still Ends in Green Zone

The week began with the markets slipping on a variety of economic news. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index hit 56, a slight boost from a reading of 55.7 in May. However, Energy stocks traded lower because of a dip in crude oil. Tuesday’s turbulent trading ended with market gains despite continued Greed debt concern. U.S. foreign trade deficit expanded in May. The gap widened from $40.7 billion to $41.9 billion. Exports decreased 0.8% to $188.6 billion while imports slipped 0.1% lower to $230.5 billion. On Wednesday, trading was halted on the New York Stock Exchange for three-and-a-half hours following a computer glitch early in the session. Meanwhile, minutes from the June Federal Open Market Committee meeting showed policymakers less concerned over the U.S. economy’s sluggish start to 2015, while comments on Greece centered on its potential effect on euro area markets and possible U.S. spillover. The end of the week pushed the markets toward the green zone on news that a Greek debt deal may finally see the light of day. Government officials have offered up new proposals to its creditors.

 

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Monday
Jul132015

Q&A Time: Current Events of NYSE’s Halt, China and Greek Debt

Our experts address questions about the latest headline news, including the computer glitch that halted trading on the New York Stock Exchange, China’s economic slowdown and the Greek debt crisis and their vote against increased austerity measures.

 

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Monday
Jul132015

Q&A Time: Utility Stocks for Short-Term Money and Steel Companies

The “Money Talks” experts address a listener’s question on using utility stocks for short-term money instead of a money market account. They also answer a question on Schnitzer Steel and Reliance Steel & Aluminum as Materials holdings.

 

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Monday
Jun292015

Money Talks – June 27, 2015

This week on "Money Talks," Matt Hames, CTFA, is joined by Managing Associate Charlie Holloway, CFP®, CDFA, and Research Analyst Nick Antonucci to discuss new and existing home sales, final first quarter GDP, oil inventories and personal income. Our experts also look at early retirement with reduced benefits in our case study. They also answer listeners' questions on zero coupon municipal bonds, the best day to invest and when the next market dip may happen.

  

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Monday
Jun292015

Case Study: Retire Early and Invest Reduced Benefits

Our experts discuss a case study of an individual who is considering retiring early and investing her reduced retirement benefit.

 

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Monday
Jun292015

Markets End Week Slightly Lower After Focusing on Greek Debt

The markets began the week on a positive note with Financial giants, such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and American Express, leading the gains. The markets also reacted to a variety of economic news as well as word that a Greek debt deal may finally see the light of day. Existing home sales ticked up in May with sales climbing 5.1% to 5.35 million. The NASDAQ closed at a new record level Tuesday, on prospects of a debt solution for Greece. Meanwhile, durable goods orders slipped 1.8% in May, while April's reading was revised down to a 1.5% decrease from a previous 1% dip. Trading closed in the red zone on Wednesday, with stocks selling off on news the International Monetary Fund had rejected Athens’ latest proposal. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 1.2%, to settle at $60.27 a barrel. On another note, real GDP declined 0.2% in the first quarter, according to a third estimate. The result was down from 2.2% growth in the prior quarter, but better than the second estimate of a 0.7% dip. Thursday's trading also ended lower. Initial jobless claims moved higher. Labor Department data showed an increase of 3,000 to 271,000 last week. Personal income activity jumped up in May, as income climbed 0.5%, matching April's upwardly revised gain. Spending ticked up 0.9%, following a slight 0.1% upswing in April. Indices closed out mixed on Friday. The Dow added some points while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ traded into red territory for the session. 

 

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Monday
Jun292015

Q&A Time: Zero Coupon Bonds, Market Dips and Timing the Market

Our experts address listeners’ questions on the use of zero coupon municipal bonds in non-retirement accounts, the best day to invest during the week, and when the next market dip may happen. They also discuss who to call when you have a complaint about your stock broker, and investments in Aegion Corp. and Primoris Services.

 

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Monday
Jun222015

Money Talks - June 20, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Ben Crowe, CFP®, CFA, CPA, and K.C. Smith, CFP®, join hosts Matt Hames, CFTA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the market’s performance, news in mergers and acquisitions, and oil prices. The experts also discuss the considerations of a couple making the decision to have the wife stay at home after the birth of their first child. They look at the insurance considerations, tax implications and career opportunities. They also address listeners’ questions on water purification companies and investing in drone technology.

  

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Monday
Jun222015

Case Study: Financial Decisions in Becoming a Stay-At-Home Parent

Our experts discuss a case study of a family considering transitioning to a one-income family with a stay-at-home parent once their child is born.

 

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Monday
Jun222015

Despite a Red Friday, Markets End Week in Green Zone

Ben Crowe, CFP®, CFA, CPA, and K.C. Smith, CFP®, join hosts Matt Hames, CFTA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the market’s performance, news in mergers and acquisitions, and oil prices. Energy stocks weighed heavily on the markets Monday with a dip in crude oil prices. Industrial production also decreased by 0.2% for May. Tuesday brought mixed news from the housing market. U.S. housing starts decreased 11.1% in May to an annual rate of 1.04 million, from a revised 1.17 million in April. Applications for new construction permits jumped 11.8% to a 1.28 million unit rate, marking its highest point since August 2007. Midweek saw the markets advance on Federal Reserve news, although commentary from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting showed little change. The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and said economic activity is expanding moderately. The central bank reduced its GDP forecast for the year to 1.8%—2.0%. On Thursday, the NASDAQ traded up to a new record level. Labor Department data showed a jump in consumer prices for May. The Consumer Price Index ticked up 0.4% versus estimates for an increase of 0.5%. The core CPI, which discounts food and energy, rose 0.1%, shy of forecasts of a 0.2% gain. On Friday, concerns over Greek debt weighed on the markets.

 

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