Month: January 2013

January
28

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Optimism & Roth retirement planning

They say that optimism is contagious. The performance of markets across the globe last week certainly supported the idea. During the second week of January, there was reason for optimism about the housing market as data showed that housing starts exceeded economists’ expectations and home construction appeared to be on the rebound. Last week, the…

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January
28

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Q & A: I keep hearing about currencies? What does this mean and why are they so volatile?

I keep hearing about currencies? What does this mean and why are they so volatile? The financial news often reports about what’s just happened or newsworthy comments made by various policymakers. Of course, some is overblown but there is often a shred of truth to the underlying story. Currency futures have always been volatile. A…

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January
28

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – January 28, 2013

(-) Existing home sales for December fell by -1.0%, which ran contrary to an expected +1.2% gain, and obviously was a bit of a disappointment.  Single family home sales dropped by -1.4%, which were offset somewhat by condo sales, which gained +1.7%.  From a regional level, weakness in the Midwest (nearly -6%) and South overwhelmed…

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January
21

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – January 21, 2013

(+) Retail sales numbers were better than anticipated, with a gain of +0.5% for December versus an expected +0.2% result. As usual, the embedded sub-categories added more color, but didn’t change the result much. The sales ‘ex-autos’ figure was a similar +0.3%, a shade above expected, while the ‘core/control’ group that excludes volatile autos, gasoline…

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January
19

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Buttonwood Financial – New Year Update!

As I look back on 2012, it has been an exciting year for Buttonwood Financial Group and we are grateful you have been a part of our Buttonwood Family!  In 2012 we celebrated our 10-year anniversary with a number of enhancements to our “Family CFO” suite of services.  Many of these additions came directly from…

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January
14

Provided by: Jon McGraw

A Higher Stock Market & Good Advice

Last week investors were turning to stocks. Was it the generally strong performance of stock market indices during 2012 or something else? Theories were abundant. Some speculated that the surge signaled: Renewed confidence in the American economy Relief that capital gains and dividend taxes remained constant for middle income Americans Faith in the ability of…

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January
14

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – January 14, 2013

(+) The NFIB small business optimism index rose to 88.0 in December, which was better than the 87.2 consensus expected. However, the index remains in the doldrums following last month’s severe drop. The primary negative component of the index was the expectations piece—respondents were generally pessimistic about the economy, although, at the same, time, there…

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January
07

Provided by: Jon McGraw

A New Year – And more of the same…

Global markets celebrated the New Year on Wednesday with a rally in appreciation of the U.S. fiscal cliff agreement, now known as The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). Many European, Asian, and American markets closed the day sharply higher. The FTSE 100 was up 2.2 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 2.9…

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January
07

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – January 7, 2013

(+) The ISM manufacturing index rose to 50.7 in December, a bit better than the 50.5 forecast figure, while the details were a bit mixed. Employment and supplier deliveries gained, while production declined a bit. (+) The ISM non-manufacturing index rose from 54.7 to 56.1 in December, which was just a few points above the…

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January
01

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