Month: April 2014

April
28

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Positioning & Your Life Expectancy

Newton’s third law says for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Since things became tense between Ukraine and Russia, we’ve been getting a primer on the relative strength of diplomatic, economic, financial, and military actions and reactions. Taking things over isn’t anything new for Russian President Vladimir Putin. A decade ago, he…

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April
28

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – April 28, 2014

U.S. economic data – including manufacturing, new orders for durable goods, and consumer confidence – were strong, exceeding consensus expectation. Housing sales and initial jobless claims came in weaker than consensus expectation. Conflict between Russia and Ukraine weighed on the market. Investors hid in safe-haven assets such as long-term government bonds and defensive stocks. (+)…

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April
21

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Global Positioning & Mars vs Venus

“Donetsk is a British city! God Save the Queen.” In a parody worthy of The Onion, an online poll suggested citizens of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk would like to secede and join Britain. The City, which was founded by Welsh steel worker John Hughes in the 19th century, has been the site of conflict…

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April
21

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – April 21, 2014

Economic data in the industrial production and retail sales areas, in particular, was stronger than expected, and fueled hopes that the cold winter doldrums are behind us in favor of a more ‘productive’ spring.  In a short week, markets gained on decent earnings reports as well as better-than-expected economic growth in China. (-) Retail sales…

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April
14

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Whiplash, SPI Index & Tax Day Toons…

If you’re feeling whiplashed from the mid-week collision of good and bad economic news, you’re not alone. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes were released and investors were reassured by what they read. Although the Fed lowered its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth projections for the first half of 2014,…

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April
14

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Economic Notes – April 14, 2014

It was a light week for economic data. The few releases that did appear were positive on the employment front; however, a few showed some imported inflation. Equity markets struggled with momentum stocks (those that led the way last year) pulling back. (-) The Producer Price Index came in higher than thought for March, much higher…

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April
14

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Small Business Finds BIG Retirement Potential

You’ve achieved success as a small business owner.  There’s a good chance you’ve been contributing to a retirement plan along the way, maybe an IRA, SEP or SIMPLE plan—the plans commonly used by small businesses.  Here’s the rub, these plans all have modest contribution limits that eventually cap tax savings and nest egg building potential!…

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