Month: February 2016

February
29

Provided by: Jon McGraw

G20 Makes Call for Governments to Do More

It wasn’t as entertaining as the Fantastic Four, The Magnificent Seven or Ocean’s 11 but we had an opportunity last week to watch the Group of 20 (G20). The G20 stars finance ministers and central bankers from 19 countries and the European Union as well as representatives from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank….

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February
22

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Indexes Up, Then Down on Oil News, but Still End Week on a High Note

And the economic data says … The United States economy is doing pretty well. So well that a March rate hike by the Federal Reserve is not entirely out of the question. Barron’s described the situation like this: “Squawking pessimism can’t drown out what is a very respectable start to 2016. Economic data so far…

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February
16

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Investors Worry and Worry Some More

Are markets suffering from excessive worry? Last week, markets headed south because investors were concerned about the possibility of negative interest rates in the United States—even though the U.S. Federal Reserve has been tightening monetary policy (i.e., it’s been raising interest rates). The worries appear to have taken root after the House Financial Services Committee…

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February
08

Provided by: Jon McGraw

U.S. Unemployment: Good News Plus Bad News Equals Uncertainty

There was bad news and good news in Friday’s unemployment report. In the negative column, fewer jobs were created in the United States than economists had predicted, and January’s jobs gains were not as strong as December’s had been. In addition, the December jobs increase was revised downward from 292,000 to 252,000, according to Barron’s….

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February
02

Provided by: Jon McGraw

How Much Do You Really Need to Save for Retirement?

Retirement is one of the seasons of life that people look forward to, and being work-free never sounded better than when you’re nearing retirement. But behind this eager anticipation may be the nagging feeling that you have not saved enough. With retirement almost within reach, it’s important that you’re confident that not only will your…

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February
01

Provided by: Jon McGraw

How Low Can You Go?

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) dove into the negative interest rate rabbit hole last week when it dropped its benchmark interest rate to minus 0.1 percent. If you’ve been following Japan’s story, then you know the country has been struggling with deflation for almost two decades. The BOJ’s goal is to push inflation up to…

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