Month: January 2016

January
25

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Like an Acrobat, Markets Tumble but Recover

Investors breathed a sigh of relief last week when U.S. stock markets recovered from a tumble toward bear market territory with the grace of a Cirque du Soleil performer. Many stock markets around the world finished the week with gains, although national indexes in Europe and the United States fared better, generally, than those in…

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January
19

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Markets Start Year with Something They Dislike: Uncertainty

We all have our pet peeves, and if there is one thing markets do NOT like, it is uncertainty. Unfortunately, we entered 2016 with a lot of unanswered questions: How much has China’s growth slowed? How will the country’s slower growth affect companies and investments around the globe? How will the Federal Reserve’s changing monetary…

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January
11

Provided by: Jon McGraw

China Starts 2016 with Market Fireworks

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) started the new year with a downward currency adjustment, and fireworks followed. Last week, three distinct issues affected China’s stock market. First, the PBOC’s devaluation of the yuan (aka the renminbi), along with the knowledge the central bank had been spending heavily to prop up its currency in recent…

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January
05

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Three Solid Tips for Your 2016 Retirement Plan

As the new year kicks off, many people get the overwhelming feeling that broad changes should be made, in work, life and, especially, planning for retirement. While you should definitely rethink your portfolio for 2016 and see what you can do to optimize it, here are three tips on how to boost your retirement plan—and…

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January
04

Provided by: Jon McGraw

2015: Up, Down and Back Again

Investing in U.S. stock markets during 2015 was a bit like riding a mechanical bull. Markets jolted up and down, but once the year ended, investors were almost where they had started. The Standard & Poor’s 500 entered 2015 at about 2,058. It rose as high as 2,130 during May and fell to about 1,867…

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