Month: December 2015

December
28

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Shortened Holiday Week Doesn’t Make for Quiet One

It was a short week, but it wasn’t quiet. Oil prices moved higher, according to The Wall Street Journal, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported crude-oil inventories fell unexpectedly last year. Analysts had predicted oil supplies would rise. One expert cited by The Wall Street Journal suggested that the stockpile decline and subsequent oil…

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December
21

Provided by: Jon McGraw

After Months of “Star Wars”-Worthy Hype, the Fed Acts

After a level of hype that would have exhausted even the most dedicated Star Wars fans, the Federal Reserve finally began to tighten monetary policy last week, raising the funds rate from 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent. Although financial markets appeared sanguine when the rate hike was announced, the calm dissipated quickly. The Standard &…

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December
14

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Oil Prices, Rate Liftoff Leave Investors Jittery

It’s not like it’s a surprise! Last week, investors didn’t appear to be thrilled with the possibility the Federal Reserve might raise rates this week. They also weren’t too impressed by another drop in oil prices. There was red ink everywhere as markets from Australia to Hong Kong, across the eurozone, and throughout the Americas…

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December
07

Provided by: Jon McGraw

A Bouncy Week for the Markets

Anyone looking at U.S. stock market performance last week might assume it was a pretty quiet week. They would be wrong. It was a very bouncy week. U.S. stock markets moved lower on Monday, rebounded on Tuesday and then appeared to suffer a one-two punch midweek that knocked indexes lower. On Wednesday, the benchmark U.S….

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December
03

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Want to Leave a Legacy of Giving? Consider a Private Foundation

You’ve developed wealth. You’re determined to use it to make an impact on the world. While you enjoy supporting causes you’re passionate about, you also hope to transfer your charitable values to your children. If this describes you, you’re in good company. A survey of 600 high-net-worth families by the U.S. Trust and the Lilly…

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