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Sudden Drop In Rates Spurs Mortgages

Posted on March 31st, 2020

Sudden Drop In Rates Spurs Mortgages
The abrupt drop in interest rates has brought about a boost to the housing market in the form of lower mortgage rates. The rate for a conforming 30-year loan fell to 3.45% at the end of February, nearly a full percentage point from a year earlier. Falling interest rates have prompted an increase in mortgage […]

U.S. Household Size Shrinking

Posted on March 30th, 2020

U.S. Household Size Shrinking
Family size is shrinking in the U.S., with only 2.52 members per household on average in 2019, making it the smallest size ever in the country’s history. Historical data tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau showed an average family size of 5 in 1880, double by today’s standards. The decline in family size is believed […]

Viral Impacts on the Economy

Posted on March 27th, 2020

Viral Impacts on the Economy
Outbreak Cost As a gauge of how a virus can affect the U.S. economy, the National Center for Biotechnology Information monitors and tracks the economic costs related to the influenza virus every year. The estimated average annual total economic burden of influenza, also known as the flu, to the healthcare system and society stands at […]

China’s Share Of The Global Economy

Posted on March 24th, 2020

China’s Share Of The Global Economy
The global spread of the coronavirus has affected consumers in countries across the globe, curtailing demand for products mainly manufactured in China. It is expected that as worldwide demand for Chinese products decreases, the country’s largest economic sector, manufacturing, will slow, hindering the country’s economic growth. Based on 2019 data, the top five economies in […]

Past Pandemics & What Came Of Them

Posted on March 20th, 2020

Past Pandemics & What Came Of Them
Over the decades, pandemics have evolved and lasted for varying periods of time, but always conclude with the containment and/or elimination of a virus. It is likely that history will repeat itself and a vaccine will eventually emerge to combat the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), thus alleviating the threat of further immediate contamination. While modern […]

March 2020 State of the Market

Posted on March 17th, 2020

March 2020 State of the Market
March Market Performance As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) evolved from outbreak to epidemic to pandemic in March, the stock market has cratered, dropping into a bear market in a matter of weeks as financial markets attempt to come to grips with the new economic and social reality. The disruptions of COVID-19 to daily life […]

February 2020 Fund Performance Report

Posted on March 16th, 2020

February 2020 Fund Performance Report
February Markets Performance It is easy to forget that at this time last month the stock market was still making new all-time highs. It has only taken a few weeks for the decade-plus bull run to hit bear market levels, highlighting just how unprepared the world has been for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. […]

Stock Slump Resets Soaring Prices

Posted on March 13th, 2020

Stock Slump Resets Soaring Prices
Equity Market Pullback February saw stock valuations retreat to their levels around the middle of last year as concerns around the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) grew. Some analysts believe that the pullback has helped identify several overvalued stocks. Valuations are considered to be more in line with historical standards relative to where they were at […]

March 2020 Economic Snapshot – Coronavirus Panic Grips Markets

Posted on March 10th, 2020

March 2020 Economic Snapshot – Coronavirus Panic Grips Markets
Fear has gripped capital markets worldwide as the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to evolve. Global economic forecasts have been revised downward by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank as factory closures, quarantines, and travel bans continue to hinder numerous industries. The Federal Reserve helped alleviate markets with a rate […]

Social Security COLA Increases Falling Short of Inflation

Posted on March 2nd, 2020

Social Security COLA Increases Falling Short of Inflation
The latest Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security payments is barely keeping up with inflation. The 1.6% increase in Social Security payments effective for 2020 are less than the most recent inflation numbers as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2.3% over the past year. Retirees receiving Social Security benefit payments […]

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