Month: April 2016

April
25

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Markets Go Up, but Optimism Falls Short

U.S. stock markets finished last week in heady territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,003. Its all-time closing high is 18,312. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was less than 1 percent below its intraday trading record, which was set last year. Despite strong stock market performance, optimism was in short supply. The…

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April
18

Provided by: Jon McGraw

China’s GDP May Not Be as High as Government Claims but Still Solid

Isn’t it remarkable that China’s growth is so consistent? A columnist from The Washington Post once opined that China “produces an astonishing number of astonishing numbers.” Last week’s announcement on gross domestic product, which helped push markets higher, may fall into that category. China’s official statistics agency reported the country’s GDP grew by 6.7 percent…

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April
11

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Panama Gets Headlines but Fails to Move the Markets

We all learned a thing or two about Panama last week. The country is not the home of the Panama hat, which is made in Ecuador. However, it is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise on the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also home…

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April
04

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Not the First Time Bond Markets Take a Different Route

It’s like déjà vu all over again! It wasn’t the first quarter, or even the first year, that bond markets have not performed in the way Wall Street strategists have expected. During 2014, bond yields were expected to rise. They did not. During 2015, bonds were predicted to finish the year yielding about 2.8 percent…

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April
01

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Business Insurance: The Best-Case Scenario Is to Be Prepared for the Worst

Risk is inevitable in any business. But a foundation of general coverage combined with policies specific to your company helps protect against losses that may disrupt or bankrupt even the most cautious business owners. The right mix of insurance can make your personal wealth less vulnerable—yet adequate and appropriate protection is often overlooked until it’s…

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