Nancy and I recently spent the day with our granddaughter Eileen at the Milwaukee Zoo. I marveled at her excitement when watching the different animals. While sitting on a bench near the monkeys, we looked up at the clouds on this beautiful summer day and played the game “What do you see?” I was fascinated […]
THE MARKETS North Korea may be a little country, but it can churn up big trouble. The possibility that verbal hostilities between the United States and North Korea could trigger geopolitical conflict had investors on the run last week. In the United States, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell by 1.4 percent, […]
THE MARKETS Who’s been buying shares of company stock? Since the start of the bull market in 2009, U.S. companies have been buying their own stock. Stock buybacks peaked during the first three quarters of 2016 and have dropped off sharply since then, reports Financial Times citing a report from Goldman Sachs. […]
As a recovering CPA, I am wired to view financial matters from a tax perspective. In many of my recent planning meetings, the importance of tax planning in retirement has become very evident, especially for those who have used the strategy of pumping as much as possible into their tax deferred retirement accounts during their […]
THE MARKETS There was some good news and some bad news last week. First, the good news: Thanks to consumer spending and an upturn in federal government spending, the U.S. economy grew faster from April through June this year. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.6 percent during the period, according to the […]
THE MARKETS Do we have central banks to thank? Low interest rates, accommodative monetary policy, and improving economic growth have helped stock markets around the world reach record highs, reports Barron’s: “…a look around the globe shows the surge of the U.S. market to new peaks to be anything but unique. Major […]
THE MARKETS It was a good week for a lot of stocks but not bank stocks. The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) both finished at record highs last week. Barron’s indicated investors owe Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen a debt of gratitude: “The […]
THE MARKETS Things you may want to know… Last Friday, Financial Times (FT) published, ‘Five markets charts that matter for investors.’ Among the issues addressed in the charts were: The bond market bear watch. The yield on 10-year German Bunds (Germany’s government bonds) reached an 18-month high of 0.58 percent recently. Yields […]
THE MARKETS This is the way the quarter ends – with a central bank scare. Central bankers are stodgy. They speak carefully. For many, reading the words ‘Federal Reserve’ is enough to cause boredom to set in and web surfing to ensue. Last week, though, the European Central Bank and Bank of […]
THE MARKETS It has been a very good year, so far. Through the end of last week, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posted 24 record highs and delivered returns in the high single digits. The MSCI World ex USA Index was up more than 11 percent, and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index […]
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is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Certificant at Scannell Wealth Management. He is also a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves with a passion for fiduciary wealth management. Through The Market Recruit, Wes shares his advice and thoughts on the investing and financial planning for newlyweds, millennials and entrepreneurs.
is the Manager of Financial Planning at Scannell Wealth Management. He is a CPA as well as a Registered Representative John has worked 2 years as a CPA at a private firm and 6 years at the IRS. Framing success is a blog that will illuminate and clarify many aspects of tax planning and investments. Through John’s experience, he will provide insight into the inner workings of the tax industry.
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