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Monday
Aug212017

Money Talks – August 19, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” hosts Nick Antonucci, CVA, K.C. Smith, CFP®, and D.J. Barker, CWS®, discuss the market’s volatility, inflation and interest rates. Managing Associates K.C. and D.J. discuss the many financial planning areas families need to review when expanding their family with a new baby. The hosts round out the show answering listeners’ questions on the trade deficit, prime money market funds, Procter & Gamble’s proxy vote and the future of Netflix.

  

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Monday
Aug212017

Case Study: Financial Changes Needed When a Family Expands

“Money Talks” hosts Nick Antonucci, CVA, K.C. Smith, CFP®, and D.J. Barker, CWS®, discuss the many financial planning areas families need to review when expanding their family with a new baby.

 

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Monday
Aug212017

Market Roundup: Domestic Conflicts Heighten Investors’ Concerns

The U.S. stock indices kicked off the week with gains on Monday as investors took advantage of recent market downswings. The S&P 500 Index posted its biggest one-day gain since April. The following day, the indices closed mixed along the flat line. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended in the green zone while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed fractionally in the red. Retail sales increased in July, with sales ticking up 0.6% versus expectations of a 0.4% jump. Stocks climbed Wednesday supported by a bounce-back in shares of retailers. The minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s July meeting were released and signaled that the unwinding of the balance sheet could occur in September. Indices closed well into the red zone on Thursday. The S&P slipped with Technology shares leading the decline, while the Dow lagged on a drop in retailers. On another note, the Department of Labor showed new jobless claims fell by 12,000 to 232,000, versus an expected drop to 240,000, from a reading of 244,000 in the previous week. The markets closed in the red zone on Friday as stocks traded lower amid "D.C. drama,” as President Trump dissolved two advisory forums comprised of top U.S. CEOs. Looking elsewhere, consumer confidence is up this month, as the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey’s preliminary reading for August showed confidence jumped 4.2 points to 97.6.

 

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Monday
Aug212017

Q&A Time: Trade Deficit, Money Market Funds, Proxy Votes and More

The “Money Talks” hosts answer listeners’ questions on the trade deficit, prime money market funds, Procter & Gamble’s proxy vote and the future of Netflix.

 

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Monday
Aug142017

Money Talks – August 12, 2017

This week on “Money Talks”  Research Analyst Nick Antonucci, CVA, Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, are at the helm to talk about the week’s volatile movements, Productivity and Costs, Wholesale Trade and Factory Orders. The hosts also cover a financial planning situation about grandparents who want to help fund college education savings. They cover the benefits for both 529 Plans and Roth IRAs. The experts round out the show answering listeners’ questions on drug maker Pfizer, having a financial adviser manage a 401(k) Rollover, co-signing on loans, and Capital One Financial.

  

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Monday
Aug142017

Case Study: Grandparents Helping Fund College Costs

This week, Research Analyst Nick Antonucci, CVA, Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, cover a financial planning situation about investors who want to help fund college education savings for their grandchildren. They cover the benefits for both 529 Plans and Roth IRAs.

 

 

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Monday
Aug142017

Market Roundup: Tensions with North Korea Results in Market Volatility

The week started off with gains as the Dow Jones Industrial Average achieved its ninth record closing high in a row and the S&P 500 index ticked up to record level highs. Sentiment was reversed Tuesday as the indices concluded trading in the red zone after trading in a narrow range throughout the day. The Dow was down 61 points in intraday trading after President Trump said the United States would respond to any additional threats from North Korea “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The volatility continued mid-week as tensions between the United States and North Korea rattled markets around the world. In the United States, indices ended Wednesday with relatively mild losses. In economic news, the Energy Information Administration data showed U.S. stockpiles of oil slipped by 6.5 million barrels in the past week, versus an estimated decrease of 2.7 million barrels. For the session, West Texas Intermediate crude tacked on 0.8% to settle at $49.56 a barrel. Stocks traded lower again on Thursday amid persistent tensions between the United States and North Korea and a variety of economic news. Producer prices declined in July, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed prices slipped 0.1%, versus an expected increase of 0.1%. In other reports, initial jobless claims ticked up last week. New claims increased by 3,000 to 244,000, while claims for the previous week were upwardly revised by 1,000. The week ended with indices closing with slight gains on Friday as stocks rebounded slightly from downswings earlier in the week. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% in July, versus forecasts for a 0.2% uptick. Discounting food and energy, the core CPI edged up 0.1%. 

 

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Monday
Aug142017

Q&A Time: Pfizer, 401(k) Rollovers, and Capital One Financial

The experts round out the “Money Talks” show answering listeners’ questions on our recent opinions of drug maker Pfizer; whether or not an investor needs a financial adviser to manage a 401(k) rollover; advice on co-signing loans, and bank Capital One Financial.

 

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Monday
Aug072017

Money Talks - August 5, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Principal Jennifer J. Thomas, CFP®, and Managing Associate, Shawna L. Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A., to discuss the week’s economic activity, including international trade, employment, personal income and the ISM Manufacturing and Nonmanufacturing indices.  The ladies bring to the table a discussion about the issues women face in retirement given that they are likely to live longer and may earn less over the course of their careers. The experts also address a host of listener questions about establishing and funding an IRA for a child, the differences in financial milestones for Millennials and an investment in IMAX. 

  

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Monday
Aug072017

Case Study: With Women Living Longer, More Financial Planning may be Needed

Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Principal Jennifer J. Thomas, CFP®, and Managing Associate, Shawna L. Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A., to discuss the issues women face in retirement given that they are likely to live longer and may earn less over the course of their careers.

 

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Monday
Aug072017

Market Roundup: Dow Hits 22,000 During Mixed Week

Last week ended with a mixed bag of stock market performances. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ composite closed July as their best month since February. History was made again on Tuesday when the Dow burst through the 22,000 mark. This represents the fifth consecutive record close for the index. In economic news, pre-tax personal income and after-tax personal income were unchanged in June from May. In the first of two reports from the Institute for Supply Management, the Manufacturing index fell 1.5 points to 56.3 in July, in line with expectations. On Thursday, the ISM announced the Non-Manufacturing index slipped 3.5 points in July to 53.9. This represents continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector, but at a slower rate than in June. Indices traded in green territory on Friday as the Dow closed at a new record level for the eighth straight session. The S&P 500 also ended last week in positive territory. Stocks stepped up on better-than-expected employment numbers for July. Department of Labor data showed an addition of 209,000 jobs, versus consensus expectations of 180,000.

 

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Monday
Aug072017

Q&A Time: IMAX, Millennials and IRAs for Children

The “Money Talks” experts address a variety of listener questions about establishing and funding an IRA for a child, the differences in financial milestones for Millennials and an investment in IMAX. 

 

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Monday
Jul312017

Money Talks - July 29, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Tax Manager Dan DiLuzio, C.P.A., joins Research Analysts Nick Antonucci, CVA, and Jacob Keen to discuss the current earnings season, housing news, including both new and existing home sales and home prices, consumer confidence and the Federal Open Market Committee’s meeting on monetary policy. Dan brings to the table some advice for a small business who is well ahead of its mid-year projections. He suggests some purchases and growth techniques that may be able to save the business tax dollars. The hosts round out the show answering listeners’ questions on counter-party risk in exchange-traded funds, how a side hustle may affect your income taxes, opinions on sales tax holidays and whether or not the Technology sector is in a bubble. They also address questions on stocks including Universal Corp., Service Corp. International, PVH and Ralph Lauren. 

  

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Monday
Jul312017

Case Study: Profitable Businesses Have an Opportunity to Optimize Taxes for 2017

Tax Manager Dan DiLuzio, C.P.A., joins Research Analysts Nick Antonucci, CVA, and Jacob Keen to discuss some advice for a small business that is well ahead of its mid-year projections. He suggests some purchases and growth techniques that may be able to save the business tax dollars.

 

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Monday
Jul312017

Market Roundup: Record Highs Result in Weekly Gains for the Dow Only 

The stock indices kicked off the week with mixed moves, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index ended in the red zone while the NASDAQ traded up to an all-time high. In the first of several housing data points released during the week, existing-home sales fell in June, though they are still up by 0.7% from year-ago levels. Indices traded into green territory on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 closing at a new record level. Existing-home price appreciation slowed slightly in the three months ending in May, when compared to the same period in April. In other economic releases, Consumer Confidence increased in July rising to 121.1, its highest level since March. Wednesday’s trading ended with gains and the Dow closing at a new record level. In housing news, new-home sales increased in June and are up 9.1% from June 2016. The Federal Open Market Committee concluded its two-day monetary policy meeting holding interest rates at their current levels, yet noting that normalization would start “relatively soon,” leaving many to speculate an announcement on the balance sheet will come in September. On Thursday, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was released, showing an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The four-week moving average held steady at 244,000 for the week ending July 22. Like the beginning of the week, the market was mixed on Friday. The Dow traded to a new record high while both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ shed some points. Crude oil ticked up with West Texas Intermediate gaining 1.4% to settle at $49.71 a barrel. Additionally, The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index fell to 93.4 for July from 95.1 in June. The result exceeded an expected reading of 93.1.

 

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Monday
Jul312017

Q&A Time: Counter-Party Risk, Side Hustles and Individual Stocks

The “Money Talks” experts answer listeners’ questions on counter-party risk in some exchange-traded funds and how a side hustle may affect your income taxes. They also provide their opinions on sales tax holidays and whether or not the Technology sector is in a bubble. The hosts also address questions on individual stocks including Universal Corp. Service Corp. International, PVH and Ralph Lauren.

 

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Monday
Jul242017

Money Talks - July 22, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, joins Bil Lako, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the market’s recent moves, a review of earnings season and how the sectors are performing. Jarrett brings to the table a conversation about the types of retirement plans that can be appropriate for small businesses. The hosts also address listeners’ questions on tech stocks, Weight Watchers and whether one should invest or pay down a mortgage. 

  

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Monday
Jul242017

Case Study: Small Businesses can Tailor a Retirement Plan to Their Needs

Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, joins Bil Lako, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the types of retirement plans that can be appropriate for small businesses.

 

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Monday
Jul242017

Market Roundup: Favorable Earnings Boost S&P to New Highs

The financial markets closed Monday mixed with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index ending fractionally down while the NASDAQ added slight gains. Indices experienced mixed moves again on Tuesday with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ trading to new record highs while the Dow shed some points. New record highs were reached again on Wednesday as merger talks boosted several stocks. In economic news, housing starts jumped up in June, with new construction rising to a rate of 1.22 million annualized units, exceeding analysts’ expectations of 1.16 million annualized units. This is also up from a revised rate of 1.12 million annualized units in May. Crude oil prices increased after Energy Information Administration data showed oil reserves fell by 4.7 million barrels in the past week, versus forecasts for a decline of 3.2 million. The indices were back to trading with mixed moves on Thursday. The Dow and S&P 500 shed some points while the NASDAQ hit another record high. Despite the mixed week and record highs, Friday’s trading session ended in red territory. Year-to-date, the tech-heavy NASDAQ leads the way as it surges toward a 20.0% gain, followed by the S&P 500 and then the Dow. Low inflation may be influencing investors to move away from Treasuries, as yields fell sharply last week.

 

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Monday
Jul242017

Q&A Time: Tech Stocks, Weight Watchers and Investing vs. Mortgage

The “Money Talks” hosts address listeners’ questions on tech stocks Automatic Data Processing, NetGear and Cabot Microelectronics Corp.  They also provide opinions on Weight Watchers and whether one should invest or pay down a mortgage. 

 

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