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Monday
Jun192017

Money Talks - June 17, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” the Henssler Research Analysts, Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, Nick Antonucci, CVA, and Jacob Keen lead the show in a discussion on the week’s market movements, interest rates, Wholesale Trade, the Producer Price and Consumer Price indices, and the latest on monetary policy from the Federal Reserve. The analysts also have an in-depth conversation on a client’s concern on whether or not the market is in a bubble.

  

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Monday
Jun192017

Case Study: Is the Market in a Bubble?

Henssler Research Analysts, Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, Nick Antonucci, CVA, and Jacob Keen lead the show in a discussion on a client’s concern on whether or not the market is in a bubble.

 

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Monday
Jun192017

Market Roundup: Mixed Market Moves and an Increase in Interest Rates

The week kicked off with stocks taking a downturn, pulled down by Technology shares, raising some concern that the major indices have been influenced by a few large tech firms. Indices closed in green territory on Tuesday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index climbed to new all-time highs. The rally was boosted by a variety of economic details. The Producer Price Index was unchanged in May following a 0.5% uptick in April. The core measure, which excludes food and energy, decreased by 0.1%. Markets had mixed moves on Wednesday. The Federal Open Market Committee likely affected market action. Despite declining inflation that continues to run below the Fed's 2.0% target rate, policymakers boosted the target range for the fed funds rate by 25 basis points, to 1% to 1.25%, basing its decision on the expectation that the labor market will continue to strengthen. Also for the month, the Consumer Price Index shed 0.1% versus consensus expectation for no change. A 2.7% decrease in the energy index contributed to the monthly decrease in the CPI.  Discounting food and energy, the core CPI edged up 0.1%. In another report, Retail Sales slipped 0.3% in May, following a 0.4% uptick in April. Core sales, excluding autos and gas, held steady following an upwardly revised gain of 0.5% in April. Indices closed trading in the red zone on Thursday, with Technology brands again leading the selloff. On another note, first-time jobless claims decreased in the past week. Department of Labor data showed new claims declined by 8,000 to 237,000. Indices closed the session with mixed moves on Friday. The Dow and S&P 500 tacked on gains while the NASDAQ landed in the red zone. Housing starts decreased in May, as new construction dipped by 5.5% to an annual rate of 1.09 million. Starts were expected to hit 1.22 million. Additionally, consumer sentiment is on the wane in a preliminary reading for June. The University of Michigan's index of consumer sentiment fell to 94.5, from 97.1 in May. Economists were expecting a flat reading.

 

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Monday
Jun122017

Money Talks - June 10, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Bil Lako, CFP®, is joined by Research Analyst Nick Antonucci, CVA, and Managing Associate Shawna Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A., to discuss last Friday’s employment situation and international trade. They also discuss this week’s economic releases including productivity and costs, the ISM Services Index and interest rates. Shawna and Bil discuss a common investor misconception that a Will will distribute their assets as they intend, but don’t consider their beneficiary designations or how assets are titled. The show’s experts also address listeners’ questions on holding foreign investments in your IRA, financial services company Lincoln National Corp., beauty company Coty Inc., and cashing in a savings bond for your child. 

  

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Monday
Jun122017

Case Study: Your Will, Your Wishes—Beneficiary Coordination is a Must

Managing Associate Shawna Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A. leads a discussion with Principal Bil Lako, CFP®, and Research Analyst Nick Antonucci, CVA, on a common investor misconception that a Will will distribute their assets as they intend. However, many make the mistake of not considering their beneficiary designations or how assets are titled.

 

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Monday
Jun122017

Market Roundup: Benchmark Indices Produced Mixed Results

Indices kicked off the week by closing in the red zone on Monday, with stocks trading slightly lower on a variety of economic news. Revisions to Productivity and Costs were in line with expectations, unchanged from the first quarter. The ISM nonmanufacturing index showed services industry growth decreased in May, dipping from 57.5 in April to 56.9. Tuesday, investors signaled a note of caution when gold prices and government bonds gained. Even a rally in the Energy sector stocks wasn’t enough to offset the losses in the major U.S. stock indices. The trend reversed Wednesday with the indices landing in the green zone ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Meanwhile, Energy stocks traded lower on a dip in crude oil prices and increased inventory levels. The Energy Information Administration said reserves jumped by 3.3 million barrels, versus expectations for a decrease of 3.5 million barrels. The NASDAQ hit a fresh record high on Thursday, despite turbulent trading prior to former director Comey's public testimony to the Senate. On another note, Department of Labor data showed jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 245,000. The indices closed the week with mixed results as the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new record high while the NASDAQ traded into red territory.

 

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Monday
Jun122017

Q&A Time: Foreign Taxes, Insurers, Cosmetics, Savings Bonds and More

The “Money Talks” show experts address listeners’ questions on holding foreign investments in your IRA, financial services company Lincoln National Corp., beauty company Coty Inc., cashing in a savings bond for your child, and a lightening round on three high-priced stocks: White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., Alleghany Corp. and Intuitive Surgical Inc.

 

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Monday
Jun052017

Money Talks - June 3, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” anchor host Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Managing Associate Shawna Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A., and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, to discuss the continuing market rally, despite political turbulence. They discuss revisions to GDP, consumer sentiment, and interest rates. Shawna and Jarrett discuss the financial concerns of a couple who are anxious about dollar cost averaging into the market while the market is at all-time highs. The “Money Talks” experts round out the show by answering listeners’ questions on Dow Chemical, whether or not a scholarship is taxable and how long it might take to double your money in the stock market.

  

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Monday
Jun052017

Case Study: Dollar Cost Averaging During the Market Highs

Managing Associate Shawna Theriault, CFP®, C.P.A., and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, join Director of Investments Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the financial concerns of a couple who are anxious about dollar cost averaging into the market while the market is at all-time highs.

 

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Monday
Jun052017

Market Roundup: Markets End Holiday-Shortened Week with New Record Highs

While domestic markets were closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day, international markets were still shrugging off concerns about the United States pulling out of the Paris climate agreement the previous week. On Tuesday, U.S. stocks started the week edging lower on declines in banks and oil firms. The slip continued mid-week despite the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book showing the U.S. economy has continued to grow at a “modest or moderate” pace. All was reversed on Thursday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ all hit new record highs with Financial, Technology and Healthcare stocks leading the way. In economic news, the ISM Manufacturing index fell just shy of expectations, registering a reading of 54.9. On Friday the three major indices hit new record highs for a second straight session. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor showed 138,000 jobs added last month, well shy of analysts’ expectations of 185,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 4.3% from 4.4%.

 

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Monday
Jun052017

Q&A Time: Dow Chemical, Scholarships and Doubling Your Money

The “Money Talks” experts answer listeners’ questions on Dow Chemical, whether or not a scholarship is taxable and a theory on how long it might take to double your money in the stock market.

 

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Wednesday
May312017

Money Talks - May 27, 2017

This week on “Money Talks” host Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Principal Jennifer Thomas, CFP®, and Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, to discuss housing news and the latest minutes from the May Federal Open Market Committee meeting. They also talk about interest rates and legislation out of Washington.  K.C. and Jennifer lead a discussion on reverse mortgages and how they may affect elder care. They look at a situation where an investor has entered into a reverse mortgage and his children are concerned about his potential need for long-term care. The experts round out the show by answering listeners’ questions on the progress in retail commerce and rolling over a 401(k).

  

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Wednesday
May312017

Case Study: Reverse Mortgages’ Effect on Long-Term Care

Show hosts, K.C. Smith, CFP®, Jennifer Thomas, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, explore a situation where an investor has entered into a reverse mortgage and his children are concerned about his potential need for long-term care. They discuss how reverse mortgages may affect elder care and Medicaid eligibility.

 

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Wednesday
May312017

Market Roundup: Friday Marked 20th Record for S&P 500 for the Year

The market kicked off the week with gains on Monday, with stocks ending trading near session peak levels. Crude oil prices also rose ahead of the OPEC meeting set for later this week. Stocks traded upward on Tuesday. A strong corporate earnings season and a stable economy have helped the market stay buoyant despite concerns that the Trump administration may struggle to push through plans for policy changes like tax cuts and fiscal stimulus. In housing news, Commerce Department data showed new home sales slipped 11.4% to 569,000 in May versus expectations of a 610,000 annual rate. Additionally, March's result was revised to an annual pace of 642,000, which marked its highest level since October 2007. Mid-week saw the S&P 500 Index reach a fresh high, while minutes from the Federal Market Open Committee meeting signaled that interest rates could rise in June. The rally continued on Thursday with Consumer Discretionary stocks leading the way. The major indices finished Friday relatively flat, but higher for the week. Both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ saw record highs while the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed fractionally lower. Consumer sentiment for May increased slightly, likely because consumers have become more divided on their politics and expectations of economic growth.

 

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Wednesday
May312017

Q&A Time: Retail Commerce and 401(k) Rollovers

The “Money Talks” experts answer listeners’ questions on the evolution in retail commerce, comparing today’s insta-cart and Prime delivery with the Webvan concept of 16 years ago. They also address the advantages and disadvantages of rolling over a 401(k) into an IRA. 

 

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Monday
May222017

Money Talks – May 20, 2017

This week on “Money Talks,” Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, joins Bil Lako, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss consumer prices, residential construction, industrial production and the market’s reaction to turbulence in Washington. D.J. brings to the table a case study about a young couple who are receiving advice to pay off their home as soon as possible. D.J. and Bil explain the advantages of carrying a mortgage and Troy compares their borrowing rate to the possible return they could get in the market. The hosts also answer listeners’ questions on Technology’s effect on the oil industry, what constitutes college costs, having additional insurance beyond Medicare and stock holding Foot Locker.

  

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Monday
May222017

Case Study: Is Paying off Your Mortgage the Best Advice?

Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, brings to the table a case study about a young couple who are receiving advice to pay off their home as soon as possible. D.J., and Bil Lako, CFP®, explain the advantages of carrying a mortgage and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, compares their borrowing rate to the possible return they could get in the market.

 

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Monday
May222017

Market Roundup: Late Rally Couldn’t Overcome Losses

A rally late last week pulled the markets higher, but not enough to overcome a midweek tumble. On Monday, stocks increased on a jump in commodity prices boosting shares of energy and mining companies. Tuesday, Technology shares sent the NASDAQ to a record high. According to the Census Bureau, the pace of new home construction took a step back, as the annualized rate of housing starts in April was 2.6% below the March total. Housing starts, housing completions and the number of building permits each lagged in volume compared to March. Indices concluded trading in the red zone on Wednesday, with stocks dipping in the wake of turbulence in Washington. Meanwhile, crude oil prices ticked up as Energy Information Administration data showed stockpiles decreased by 1.8 million barrels in the last week. Global stock losses extended through Thursday on uncertainty about the Trump administration. Indices rebounded from early week lows on Friday, with stocks moving up on gains in the Energy sector and earnings news.

 

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Monday
May222017

Q&A Time: Oil Industry, College Costs, Medicare and Foot Locker

The “Money Talks” hosts answer listeners’ questions on Technology’s effect on the oil industry, what constitutes college costs, having additional insurance beyond Medicare and stock holding Foot Locker.

 

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Monday
May152017

Money Talks - May 13, 2017

This week on “Money Talks” Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, join Director of Research Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the market’s moves during the week. K.C. leads the hosts on a case study on net unrealized appreciation that investors may have if they own their company’s stock in their 401(k) or qualified retirement plan. The experts round out the show answering listeners’ questions on NASDAQ vs. ICE, Short-Term Cash Reserves and Virtus Investment Partners.

  

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