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 […]
August Market Update Markets have continued their trend higher through the month of August, with the S&P 500 index hitting multiple record high closes. Thus far, the index peaked at a 2193.81 all time intraday high on August 15th, declining slightly in the leadup to the release of the July FOMC meeting minutes. It has […]
The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury fell to a record low of 1.318 percent in early July, sending bond prices higher throughout the fixed income markets. Bonds have continued their rally since the beginning of the year as the Fed has held off on raising rates, while central banks in Japan and Europe have […]
Over the centuries, industrial leaders evolved who were able to generate tremendous wealth and in some instances popularity. Yet even with the onset of technology over recent decades, it has been difficult for any modern day billionaire to become as rich as Mansa Musa, the 14th century emperor of the Mali Empire. The value of […]
Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said that the U.S. may be heading toward stagflation, a slow-growth economy coupled with rising inflationary pressures. Greenspan also said that there seems to be pockets of inflation even though low productivity is prevalent in the economy. Stagflation is an economic phenomenon when there is slow or stagnant economic growth […]
Leaders and members of the G20 met in China in July to discuss a host of international topics and issues. A central point of discussion during the meeting were the possible repercussions from the British vote to leave the EU and what effects it would have on international trade and employment. The G20 is an […]
July Market Performance In early July, the S&P 500 moved to unprecedented highs and held its position. During this period after the referendum result, investors realized that the effects of the Brexit were not an immediate threat. As a result, the index mobilized upwards and quickly ascended past its previous all time closing high at […]
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