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Five Questions to Ask Before Retirement

Nov 26 – As Einstein once said, “The most important thing is not to stop questioning.” In today’s Lifetime Income podcast, we discuss the five most important topics and questions to ask when preparing for retirement. First and foremost is...

Thanksgiving and the Family Glue

Nov 21 – It’s no secret that the greatest source of wealth in the U.S. is contained in privately held businesses. But here's a sad fact: Many of the great fortunes never make it down to the third generation, and that’s what we’re talking about today with author Mitzi Perdue...

The Market’s Long-Term Momentum Just Went Negative

Nov 21 – The October correction, now followed by a double-dip into late-November, has pulled the market’s monthly momentum into negative territory. Though seasonality favors a year-end rally, with the long-term MACD for the S&P 500 now making a bearish crossover...

Did Today Tell a Retail Story?

Nov 20 – Christmas didn’t come early this year for retailers. On November 20, many retail firms announced their earnings ahead of the holiday season. Overall the results were good, though they did add to the already growing concerns...

Expect Holiday Spending Boom, 2020 Bust, Says Moody’s Ryan Sweet

Nov 19 – With the job market continuing to tighten, the economy running above trend, and wage growth now picking up, there’s a good chance we’ll see some of the best holiday spending in years this Christmas season. Starting in the second half of 2019, however...

Two Key Risks for 2019

Nov 15 – The U.S. housing market looks like it put in a peak last November. Also, trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to build. What do both of these have to do with the market for 2019? Urban Carmel discusses these two risks in detail...

Market’s Weekly Bill of Health

Nov 14 – When considering the market’s overall health, two topics central to the discussion are trends and momentum. Changes in the market’s vitality and direction are felt in both areas, providing early warning and guidance to investors who are aware of these two factors...

Macro Nutrients: Oil Slumps, Midterm Aftermath and the Coppock

Nov 13 – Last week, the U.S. issued waivers to eight countries including China, India, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, Greece and Japan which allows them to continue importing Iranian crude, worsening oil producers' concerns about oversupply. On Friday, WTI and Brent...

Earnings in Focus After October Whirlwind

Nov 13 – October has been nothing short of a whirlwind for the markets as they experienced a second correction this year. Contributing to the year’s market rollercoaster were third quarter earnings; a majority of companies within the S&P 500 reported in October...

Nearly Two-Thirds of the Entire U.S. Stock Market Just Went Through a Bear Market

Nov 12 – The S&P 500 fell 6.9 percent last month, making it the third worst month since the bull market began nearly 10 years ago. The decline was sharp and swift with some U.S. companies losing over $10B in market capitalization...

The Good, Bad and Indifferent With Target Date Funds

Nov 12 – The person that developed Target Date Funds (TDF) is a marketing guru. The premise is to develop a fund an investor can stay in over their lifetime that will automatically reduce risk over time as the person approaches retirement. The concept is simple in nature and has spread like wildfire as the investment of...

New Book Shows America Now Dominated by Monopolies in Virtually Every Industry

Nov 8 – Last week we had the honor of speaking with Denise Hearn and Jonathan Tepper on their new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Their main theme is the rise of monopolies and the rapid...

Rethinking Your Retirement Mindset

Nov 8 – Many of us tend to have preconceived notions about retirement and how to plan for it. But some of the challenges retirees face aren’t so obvious. We spoke with Jamie Hopkins, author of Rewirement: Rewiring the Way You Think About Retirement!, about some of these hidden challenges...

The Future Is Already Here – It's Just Not Evenly Distributed

Nov 8 – When William Gibson would say, "the future is already here, it is just not evenly distributed," he was referring to how wealth and location determine one's access to technological advances (the future). Yet it equally can apply to the U.S.-Chinese relationship...

Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, Utah and Missouri Ease Restrictions

Nov 8 – National laws are in need of a serious overhaul as states take matters into their own hands. In midterm election votes, Michigan, Utah and Missouri eased restrictions on marijuana. There are now 33 U.S. states that have legalized marijuana to some degree...

Crude Oil Breakdown

Nov 7 – There are a couple of charts here from our Global Cross Asset Market Monitor. Key point: WTI crude oil prices are breaking down . On the technical side, we've got a double top here and a downside break of the 200-day moving average, which leaves the...

No Trade Deal With China Means Weaker Stocks and GDP

Nov 6 – Stock prices will stay on the defensive in the months ahead due to the trade dispute between China and the U.S., peak profit margins and downward earning growth forecasts. The equity bull market can be sustained and a recession can be avoided...

Services Still Strong, but Tariffs Starting to Have an Impact

Nov 6 – The October ISM services index fell 1.3 points to 60.3, however it was 1.3 points better than expected and is the second best print since 2005. Internally, new orders were little changed but backlogs did fall five points to a three month low...

Thoughts on the Midterm Election

Nov 6 – The midterm election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 6. There are local and state races to be determined, judges to be elected and referendums to be decided. The stock market, however, cares very little about any of that. What it cares about most...

The Cycle That Saves Home Buyers $3,000 Per Year Just Ran Out of Fuel

Nov 5 – Home buyers in every city and state have benefited from a powerful financial cycle for almost five years. Most people are not aware of this cycle, but it has lowered the average monthly mortgage payment for home buyers on a national basis...

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