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Economic Update November 2018

In this month’s recap: another correction hits Wall Street, housing indicators raise questions, but consumer confidence, consumer spending, and GDP look healthy.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

October certainly lived up to its reputation for volatility. The S&P 500 suffered its second correction of the year as investors wondered if they were seeing early signs of the peak of the current business cycle, absorbing news of moderating corporate earnings, while also considering the potential impact of higher interest rates and tariffs. Real estate indicators, for the most part, left much to be desired; labor, manufacturing, and consumer spending and confidence indicators were in better shape. Overseas, major and minor reductions in economic growth were forecast for various nations. In the commodities sector, oil and gasoline posted major losses.1

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Why Taking a Loan from Your Retirement Plan is a Bad Idea

Thinking about borrowing money from your 401(k), 403(b), or 457 account? Think twice about that because these loans are not only risky, but injurious, to your retirement planning.

The Great Recession: Ten Years Later

10 Years After the Financial Crisis: What Have We Learned?


Where were you in September 2008?  Over the weekend of September 13 & 14, 2008, it became obvious that Lehman Brothers was in serious financial trouble and probably would not survive.  Being on the “inside” of the financial industry we knew a lot was about to change for us and a lot of other Americans.

The Great Recession: Ten Years Later

10 Years After the Financial Crisis: What Have We Learned?


Where were you in September 2008?  Over the weekend of September 13 & 14, 2008, it became obvious that Lehman Brothers was in serious financial trouble and probably would not survive.  Being on the “inside” of the financial industry, I (Tim) anticipated life was about to change for me and a lot of other Americans.  So as our family spent the weekend at a soccer tournament, I was compiling my “depression checklist” in between soccer games.   While I was comfortable with my investment strategy, my plan included a number of cost-cutting items like growing a garden, dropping some of our kid’s expensive activities (like soccer) and pooling resources with extended family.  It also included some opportunistic to-do’s like drawing on our home equity line, looking for investment opportunities and maybe starting a business.

October is the Best Time to Fill Out the FAFSA

October is here – the ideal time for college students to apply for financial aid. October 1, in fact, marks the first day a current or future college student can submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for the 2019-20 academic year. Since some states offer aid on a first-come, first-serve basis, submitting a FAFSA as soon as possible is wise.1,2

Economic Update for October 2018

Wall Street maintained its optimism in September. While trade worries were top of mind for economists and investors overseas, bulls largely shrugged at the prospect of tariffs and the probability of another interest rate hike. The S&P 500 rose 0.43% for the month. On the whole, U.S. economic indicators were quite good, and some offered pleasant surprises.1

Economic Update for October 2018

Wall Street maintained its optimism in September. While trade worries were top of mind for economists and investors overseas, bulls largely shrugged at the prospect of tariffs and the probability of another interest rate hike. The S&P 500 rose 0.43% for the month. On the whole, U.S. economic indicators were quite good, and some offered pleasant surprises.1

What To Do When a Windfall Comes Your Way

Getting rich quick can be liberating, but it can also be frustrating. Sudden wealth can help you address retirement saving or college funding anxieties, and it may also give you the opportunity to live and work on your terms. On the other hand, you’ll pay more taxes, attract more attention, and maybe even contend with jealousy or envy. You may also deal with grief or stress, as a lump sum may be linked to a death, a divorce, or a pension payout decision.

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