Women held more jobs than men for the first time since 2010, as reported by the Labor Department. Women comprise over 50% of all jobs nationwide, surpassing men by over 100,000 job positions as of the end of 2019. Particular growth within sectors that primarily employ women, such as education and health care, saw the […]
Workers are spending less time unemployed according to data compiled by the Department of Labor. The number of workers that are unemployed for a period of 27 weeks or more fell to 1,186,000 in December 2019. The data reveals that workers are finding jobs quicker and that companies are hiring at a faster pace. Unemployment […]
February Market Performance Markets immediately raced back up to new all time highs in February after the COVID-19 outbreak scare last month, despite the fact the outbreak continues to spread. The rush back to new highs indicates that investors are convinced the outbreak will not leave lasting damage to the world economy. This confidence has […]
January Markets Performance Markets began 2020 on a positive trajectory riding continuing momentum from a strong holiday season. Evidence of continuing growth from economic numbers and the start of earnings season also helped diminished fears of a potential recession and seemed to lock markets on a strong January to start the year. Unfortunately, the outbreak […]
US Markets The Dow Jones Industrial Index closed above 29,000 for the first time ever in mid-January as equities excelled, but then pulled back from record levels at month’s end. The 29,000 mark is a preliminary milestone for the next milestone of 30,000. The S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq reached higher levels as well […]
Believe it or not, it’ll be time to start thinking about doing your taxes soon (if you haven’t already begun). Whether you already have a plan in place or know you need to make some adjustments this year, it’s a good idea to check in with a few basics. Here are three important (and frequently […]
Retirement plan legislation passed by Congress effective 2020 includes changes affecting millions of American retirees. The Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement Act, known as the Secure Act, was signed into law by the president on December 20th. Provisions of the law are intended to facilitate retirement savings for small company workers, offer additional […]
The stock market this year has started on an upward trajectory, continuing to ride a wave of momentum that propelled the market throughout the past year. The trends and factors behind this momentum remain in place and continue to push the market higher; however, the remarkably strong pace and consistency of the bull run may […]
The 2010 decade witnessed a dramatic increase in internet users worldwide. There were over 4.3 billion users of the internet globally in 2019, that’s nearly 56% of the earth’s total population. Limitations to internet expansion have primarily been infrastructure related. Remote regions with little or no electricity and connectivity have had the greatest challenges. Ironically, […]
The rise in wages over the past ten years is certainly a fundamental benefit to the economy and financial market; however, many economists debate whether the significant monetary stimulus that helped accelerate markets over the past decade is an artificial force. In the aftermath of the 2008 recession, historically low rates for loans to purchase […]
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