The Morning View: April 18, 2024

The Morning View: April 18, 2024

In this morning’s data, Initial Jobless Claims were 212,000 for the week ending April 13th, slightly less than expected and the same as the revised figure from the previous week. In addition, Continuing Claims were 1,812,000 for the week ending April 6th, also...

The Morning View: April 18, 2024

In this morning’s data, Initial Jobless Claims were 212,000 for the week ending April 13th, slightly less than expected and the same as the revised figure from the previous week. In addition, Continuing Claims were 1,812,000 for the week ending April 6th, also...

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The Morning View: April 18, 2024

The Morning View: April 1, 2024

Announced this morning, the PCE Deflator increased 0.3% in February, slightly less than expected and was up 2.5% on an annual basis, one-tenth higher than the previous reading. The Core PCE Deflator, which excludes food and energy prices and is closely monitored by...

Market Perspective- March 2024

Market Perspective- March 2024

Walking The Line As expected, the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady last week and signaled it still plans multiple cuts before the end of the year. Following its two-day meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept the benchmark overnight borrowing...

Are Revocable Trusts the New Estate Planning Craze?

Are Revocable Trusts the New Estate Planning Craze?

In my previous life, as a practicing estate planning attorney, I would often joke with clients who brought me their documents for review. When this review included a revocable trust, I would often ask the age (or retirement date) of their previous planner. As was the...

Serving Women’s Financial Needs

Serving Women’s Financial Needs

As Americans continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, I’m drawn to the social media posts and the messages of encouragement and hope being shared. From self-care tips to prioritize one’s health, women sharing lessons learned about the value and power of...

Post-FOMC Thoughts

Post-FOMC Thoughts

Leading up to Today’s Decision While it was not quite unfathomable that the first Fed Funds rate cut in this monetary policy cycle could occur today, it would have nevertheless been an extremely unlikely outcome. Expectations were firmly in place for the Fed Funds...

The Morning View: April 18, 2024

The Morning View: March 19, 2024

In this morning’s data, Housing Starts were higher than expected at 1,521,000 in February, which is a 10.7% increase from the previous month and a rebound from the revised -12.3% decrease in the previous report. Building Permits were also higher than expected at...

Market Update-March 2024

Market Update-March 2024

The Month At-A-Glance After surpassing its all-time high in January, the S&P 500 powered through the 5,000 level to finish the month 5.3% higher. Momentum within growth stocks continued, with Russell 1000 Growth adding 6.8% in February, which brings its trailing...

The Morning View: April 18, 2024

The Morning View: March 8, 2024

Announced this morning, the economy added 275,000 jobs in February, more than expected but the previous month was revised lower.  The Leisure and Hospitality industry was relatively strong, while Temporary Help was relatively weak.  The Unemployment Rate ticked...

Retirement Times March 2024 Newsletter

Retirement Times March 2024 Newsletter

March 2024 This month's Retirement Times discusses the following: Avoiding Social Media Pitfalls in Retirement Planning The Graying of the American Workforce Helping Young Americans Save for Retirement Act Participant Corner: 7 Tips to Prepare You for Retirement...

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