Month: October 2015

October
26

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Markets Loving Central Bank Policies

Central banks were at it again—and markets loved it. Last week, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi surprised markets when he indicated the ECB’s governing council was considering cutting interest rates and engaging in another round of quantitative easing. The Economist explained that European monetary policy was heavily tilted toward growth before the announcement: “The…

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October
19

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Contrarians, Take Note

How quickly emotions have changed since August. Worry? Angst? It’s already priced into the markets, according to some experts. Last week, Barron’s published the results of its Big Money Poll, a biannual survey of professional investors and money managers. A majority of those surveyed (55 percent) were bullish about U.S. markets’ prospects through June 2016, 29…

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October
12

Provided by: Jon McGraw

The Upward Stocks Push: Are We Seeing a Bear Market Rally?

They’re investors. They’re allowed to change their minds. Just a few weeks ago, on September 17, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to leave the fed funds rate unchanged. In part, this was because, according to them, “Recent global economic and financial developments may restrain economic activity somewhat and are likely to put…

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October
05

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Greece, China, Federal Reserve Highlight Wild Quarter

Well, third quarter was a humdinger. It began with the first International Monetary Fund (IMF) default by a developed country (Greece) and finished with Hurricane Joaquin possibly headed toward the East Coast. In between, China’s stock market tumbled, the Federal Reserve tried to interpret conflicting signals, and trade growth slowed globally. After such a stressful…

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October
01

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Estate Planning: Three Important Questions for Managing Your Assets

The cornerstone of good life planning is, unfortunately, thinking about what’s going to happen after you’re gone. For many, it’s too grim a subject to be discussed, but without the proper road map for managing your assets, you could be opening a door to family squabbles, lawsuits and confusion over your intentions. Quite simply, estate…

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