A non-routine meeting set for late September in Algeria disrupted oil markets as the meeting was seen as a precursor to production level changes. Non-OPEC member Russia, the world’s largest oil producer, is set to attend the meeting and could announce moves to help stabilize oil prices. Low oil prices have created a precarious situation […]
Why’s the market taking a nosedive? Is it a bad economic report? Maybe an international incident? Or maybe the Fed made an off the cuff statement again and traders are panicking. Investors all understand the Federal Open Market Committee, colloquially known as the Fed, has a great amount of influence on financial markets, but how […]
Domestic stock market indices closed at new highs in August as earnings and economic data helped propel equity prices. Even with recent new highs, volume remains relatively low. Some market analysts believe that the increased regulation of banks and brokerage firms has taken a toll on trading. The use of various derivatives have been discouraged […]
Markets have become data sensitive as varying economic news moved equities and bonds in anticipation of a looming Fed rate hike. Some members of the Federal Reserve are leaning towards a rate increase before the end of the year rather than waiting until next year. Growth estimates for the economy were revised down again in […]
Your will is one way to plan for the distribution of your assets on your death. But it’s only one tool in your estate-planning kit, and many people establish a revocable living trust as well as a will. A revocable living trust establishes a legal entity with the power to hold title to assets. The […]
It’s an election year in the United States, and the 2016 presidential race has already offered up a number of surprises. But the important question is, what might it mean for the markets, and as a result, your investment portfolio? Looking to history, there appears to be evidence that the markets respond better to election […]
The Federal Open Market Committee, the body that sets interest rates in the United States, intimated that a rate hike should be coming soon. It’s chair, Janet Yellen, said in the Fed’s annual Monetary Policy Symposium that “the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months.” However, as we […]
A growing number of foreigners have been actively buying real estate here in the U.S. Buyers from other countries such as China, India, Canada and Mexico have been acquiring both residential homes and commercial properties in selective areas. Foreign buyers purchased $102.6 billion of residential property from April 2015 to March 2016, made up of […]
If you’re unhappy with the amount of taxes you’ve been paying on your investments, you might want to start planning now so that next year you maximize the money going into your pockets and minimize that going into Uncle Sam’s. Here are some tips: Gains on the sale of assets held for longer than a […]
For many teenagers, summer means a chance to earn extra cash. In most cases, the bit of extra spending power goes to their heads and they end up spending it too fast; but with a little foresight, earning money also means he or she can open an individual retirement account (IRA). Minors who have reached age […]
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