Money Talks – October 31, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Senior Associate Ben Crowe, CFP®, CFA, C.P.A., joins Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss several economic reports that all came in lower for the week, despite an increase in advance estimate of GDP for the third quarter. The hosts review new home sales, the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index and mortgage applications. They also summarize how earnings have been by sector.  The hosts also explore a case study of a sole proprietor who has been using an independent contractor but is considering hiring the contractor as an employee. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on Tyson Foods, U-Haul’s parent company AMERCO, charitable business donations and how to invest $50,000 into individual stocks.

Market Roundup: Markets Mixed for the Week, but Positive for October

Stocks dipped Monday as investors looked ahead to a big week of quarterly reports and the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The dip continued Tuesday as energy stocks weighed on the market because of a dip in crude oil. Healthcare stocks in the S&P 500 rose the most on Tuesday, up 1.7%. Treasury prices rose as well, pushing the 10-year note’s yield down to 2.03%. When the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates on hold and toned down its concerns about global financial markets, investors reacted kindly, pushing the markets higher for the day. Crude Oil also moved higher, bolstering Energy stocks. Trading ended slightly in the red zone on Thursday, as the Commerce Department showed real GDP increased 1.5% in the third quarter, which was well shy of the 3.9% advance during the second quarter. Indices traded into red territory on Friday. Stocks may have dipped for the day, but the markets ended the month well in the green.

Money Talks – October 24, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by firm Principal, Jennifer Thomas, CFP®, and Senior Associate, K.C. Smith, CFP®, to discuss the week’s economic news, including housing starts, mortgage applications and existing home sales. They also discuss the downward swing in the Healthcare sector and earnings from Coca-Cola, Equifax and The hosts also explore a case study of a couple merging two families, and the financial considerations when both spouses have children from a previous marriage. The experts also answer listener questions on Social Security benefit estimates, leaving a company and taking your 401(k), and stock questions on Costco Wholesale Corp., Baker Hughes, Inc., Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Chevron Corp.

Market Roundup: Positive Week for the Markets

U.S. stocks edged higher on Monday despite a drop in crude oil that weighed heavily on Energy stocks. Technology stocks led the rally to ultimately push the start of the week into positive territory. Healthcare stocks and a series of lackluster earnings dragged down the markets on Tuesday, with the pressure from the Healthcare sector continuing on Wednesday because of criticism of drug prices. Technology stocks pushed the markets higher on Thursday with better-than-expected earnings. Existing-home sales rose in September, with total sales up 4.7% from August and 8.8% from September 2014. Impressive earnings from big-name Technology stocks pushed the S&P 500 back into positive territory for the year.