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Monday
Aug312015

Money Talks – August 29, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, are joined by firm principal Scott Keller, CFA, to discuss Monday’s dramatic selloff. They discuss whether the Fed will raise interest rates in the near future, the price of oil and the last bit of earnings for the season. They experts also answer listener questions on Southern Company’s bid to buy AGL Resources, energy stocks Total SA, Apache Corp and Chevron Corp., and explain why the market’s tumble gave investors a chance to do some tax loss selling.

  

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Monday
Aug312015

Investment Whys: Market Corrections and Selling During the Downswing

After a volatile week of trading in the markets, the “Money Talks” experts discuss whether the current market action is merely a market correction or a sign of something more to come. They also discuss why investors want to sell in these conditions.

 

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Monday
Aug312015

Market Roundup: Markets Close Flat after a Volatile Week of Trading

The week began with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at its lowest level in 18 months. The S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ also lost nearly 4% each in a frenzy of selling. The losing streak continued on Tuesday with a rush of selling minutes before the closing bell. On Wednesday, the three major indices surged nearly 4%, with the S&P pulling itself out of correction territory. Still, Wednesday's big gains don't erase the financial pain inflicted by the market's first 10 drop since 2011. The Dow remained 11.1% off its recent high, the S&P 500 remained down 8.9%, while the NASDAQ composite remains 10% off its high and the small-cap Russell 2000 is down 12.6%. Stocks continued to soar on Thursday as renewed optimism about the U.S. economy eased concerns about the pace of global growth. Oil prices soared more than 10% to their biggest one-day percentage gain in six years amid a surge in commodities. The Commerce Department reported Gross Domestic Product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the U.S., expanded 3.7% in the second quarter, well ahead of expectations. The markets ended the week with a whimper, as the major indexes notched gains for the week in a subdued end to one of the most volatile periods in years for global markets. Upbeat economic data has helped reassure some investors that while global growth is slowing, the U.S. remains relatively stable. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.3% in July.

 

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Monday
Aug312015

Q&A Time: Energy Stocks and Tax Loss Selling

Our experts answer listener questions on Southern Company’s bid to buy AGL Resources, energy stocks Total SA, Apache Corp and Chevron Corp., and explain why the market’s tumble gave investors a chance to do some tax loss selling.

 

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Monday
Aug242015

Money Talks – August 22, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, are joined by Senior Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, to discuss the rough week the markets have had, which brings the S&P 500 into the red zone year-to-date. They also discuss the minutes from the Fed’s July monetary policy meeting, and several points of housing news, including housing starts, mortgage applications and existing home sales. Matt and K.C. delve into a case study about a family with two children in college and only a limited amount in savings to pay for it. They’re looking to make the most out of the assets they have and the available tax breaks for higher education. The experts also address listeners’ questions on Canadian oil companies, marijuana stocks and Netflix.

  

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Monday
Aug242015

Case Study: Tax Advantages When Paying for a Higher Education

Our experts discuss a case study of a family looking to make the most out of their 529 Plan assets and the available tax breaks for higher education.

 

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Monday
Aug242015

Markets Finish Red

Although stocks finished higher Monday, the week saw the markets tumble. The major indices started the week lower, following an unusually weak reading on the New York state manufacturing sector, but trading activity was among the lightest of the summer, allowing stocks to rebound on relatively little buying activity. Stocks began their descent on Tuesday as a result of a variety of economic news. Housing starts increased by 0.2% to 1.206 million in July, which was slightly shy of expectations. Trading closed in the red zone mid-week with Energy stocks such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips dropping significantly. The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% in July, down from June’s 0.3% addition and shy of expectations for a 0.2% gain. Excluding food and energy, the index added 0.1%, versus 0.2% growth in June. Stocks experienced most of their selling pressure at the end of the week. Economic news and less-than-decisive Fed comments put pressure on the sessions. For July the National Association of Realtors data showed a 2% climb in existing home sales to an annual rate of 5.59 million. Economists had expected a lesser reading of 5.48 million. Additionally, the Department of Labor showed initial jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 277,000 last week. The results exceeded expectations of 271,000 new claims. China's decision to devalue its currency by loosening its peg to the U.S. dollar also appeared to be driving the selloff, in addition to Friday’s news that Chinese factories were operating at their slowest pace since the financial crisis of 2008—2009.

 

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Monday
Aug242015

Q&A Time: Netflix, Canadian Oil and More

Our experts address listeners’ questions on whether Canadian oil companies are worth buying given Canada’s struggling economy; marijuana stocks, considering the possible medical use, and Netflix.

 

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Monday
Aug172015

Money Talks - August 15, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” hosts Ben Crowe, CFP®, CFA, C.P.A., Charlie Holloway, CFP®, CDFA™, Nick Antonucci and Daniel Rigby, CFA, discuss productivity and costs, wholesale trade, retail sales and earnings from International Flavors & Fragrances, Sysco Corp, and Shake Shack Inc., in addition to Google changing its name to Alphabet. In this week’s case study, our experts take a look at the options a small, family-owned business has when offering stock options as an incentive. They explore ways to compensate the executive team with and without diluting the company’s ownership. Additionally, they look at what the options mean for the executives. The hosts also answer listeners’ questions on Apple, the correlation of population to the rise in the S&P 500 index, investing in Greek banks, Boston Properties, business losses and how an in-law apartment affects your homeowner’s policy.

  

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Monday
Aug172015

Case Study: Non-Cash Compensation Plans

Our experts discuss the options a small, family-owned business has when offering stock options as an incentive to employees.

 

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Monday
Aug172015

Market Roundup: Slightly Positive Week

The week began with a rally as the markets rebounded from last week's downswing, led by a rise in Technology stocks. Google was up in post-session trading after announcing an operations restructuring and a company name change to Alphabet. Stocks dipped Tuesday, likely a result of sinking crude oil prices and news of an unexpected devaluation of Chinese currency. The People's Bank of China lowered the yuan by 1.9%, marking its largest decline in more than 20 years. Markets were mixed mid-week with energy stocks stepping up while consumer brands remained flat. Thursday brought news that retail sales increased in July, while the Labor Department stated jobless claims increased more than expectations. The markets closed the week on a positive note with news producer prices increased in July while The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, hit 92.9 in a preliminary reading, down from 93.1 in July, missing expectations of 93.5.

 

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Monday
Aug172015

Q&A Time: Apple, Greek Banks, Population and the S&P

Our experts address listeners’ questions on whether or not to sell Apple, investing in Greek banks, and how the population growth correlates to the growth in the S&P 500 Index. They also discuss deducting business losses and how adding an in-law apartment may affect your homeowner’s insurance.

 

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Monday
Aug102015

Money Talks – August 8, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, are joined by firm principal Jennifer Thomas, CFP®, and Senior Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, to discuss the week’s economic news, including the ISM Manufacturing and Service indices, International Trade, Factory Orders and Personal Income. The show hosts explore a unique case study about a two-year-old child who inherits a $550,000 home. While this isn’t common, the hosts highlight how important it is to carefully consider your beneficiaries, especially if they are underage. The experts also answer listener questions on Zillow’s stock dividend payout, Nielson N.V., Sprouts Farmers Market, prenuptial agreements and Humana Inc.

  

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Monday
Aug102015

Case Study: Using Trusts to Pass an Inheritance to Minor Children

Our experts discuss a case study where the use of a trust would have solved the problem of a child inheriting property and assets.

 

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Monday
Aug102015

Market Roundup: Markets Languished, as They Have for Most of the Summer

Monday saw several blue-chip stocks, including IBM, Chevron and Apple, trading lower. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 4.1% to settle at $45.17 a barrel. Personal income growth rose 0.4% in June, while consumer spending ticked up by 0.2%, missing expectations of 0.3%. Indices continued downward on Tuesday, despite news that orders for manufactured goods gained 1.8% in June, in line with the consensus forecast. On Wednesday, the S&P 500 index rebounded after three consecutive days of decline. The ISM Nonmanufacturing Index posted its second consecutive gain and the largest since 2008. The July survey bucks other economic data that suggest the economy was off to a slow start in the quarter. Stocks dipped amid a retreat in crude oil on Thursday. On another note, Labor Department data showed initial jobless claims increased by 3,000 to 270,000 last week. On Friday, the Labor Department released July’s data, showing the economy added 215,000 jobs last month, versus expectations of 225,000 additions. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.35%.

 

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Monday
Aug102015

Q&A Time: Stock Dividend Payouts and Nielson, N.V.

The “Money Talks” experts discuss Zillow’s announcement of a stock dividend payout and what it means for current stock holders, and provide opinions on information measurement company Nielson, N.V.

 

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Monday
Aug102015

Q&A Time: Natural and Organic Grocers, Prenuptial Agreements and Humana, Inc.

Our experts discuss natural and organic food retailer Sprouts Farmers Markets, how a prenuptial agreement can protect personal assets when entering into a marriage and provide investment opinion on health and well-being company Humana, Inc.

 

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Monday
Aug032015

Money Talks – August 1, 2015

This week on “Money Talks” Charlie Holloway, CFP®, CDFA™, and D.J. Barker, CWS®, join Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA to discuss durable goods orders, July’s drop in consumer confidence, the Fed’s monetary policy and the initial reading of second quarter GDP, in addition to earnings news. The hosts also explore a case study of a young doctor who has the opportunity to buy the client list of a retiring doctor. The hosts talk about the many aspects of what it takes to open your own business. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on the strategy of rolling IRA funds into a 401(k) to avoid required minimum distributions if you are approaching 70 ½ and still working. They also cover stock questions on pharmaceutical companies Akorn, Inc., and AMAG Pharmaceuticals, and electronics company Sony.

  

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Monday
Aug032015

Case Study: Buying an Established Business Still Means You Have Become a Business Owner

Our experts discuss how buying an existing business still involves the planning and concerns of a start-up business.

 

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Monday
Aug032015

Market Roundup: Positive Week Despite Red Start and Finish

While the daily numbers show the week started and ended in the red, the overall direction for the markets was up. Monday’s red results were likely caused by a slip in West Texas Intermediate crude, as the slip affected several of the big energy companies.  In economic news, durable goods orders increased in June, exceeding expectations. On Tuesday, energy stocks rebounded because of a jump in crude oil. Oil prices still dominated the headlines Wednesday, as crude oil added 1.7% to settle at $48.79 a barrel following a decline in crude oil inventories. Comments from the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting offered no grand revelations on whether they will lift interest rates at the upcoming meeting in September. However, the Fed kept its stance that the U.S. economy and job market are continuing to improve. Indices closed out mixed on Thursday with disappointing earnings news from Procter & Gamble. Friday's session ended in red territory as Energy stocks Exxon Mobil and Chevron traded lower following the release of less-than-stellar earnings details. The markets also likely reacted to The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, which fell to a reading of 93.1, down from 96.1 in June. Economists had expected a lesser dip to a reading of 94.

 

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