Does investing strike “fear” in you? We once heard somebody say the word “fear” stands for “False Evidence Appearing Real.” That seems to apply to investing. Here’s why. The stock market makes some people nervous. This can be especially true for young people who grew up during the Great Recession. Not only did these folks […]
THE MARKETS If the countries were instruments, last week sounded like a fifth grade garage band. World markets were buffeted by a clamor of good, bad, and unexpected news last week. Events that captured media and investor attention included: Taxing America’s allies. Early in the week, investors weren’t the only ones riled […]
THE MARKETS Geopolitical uncertainty didn’t dent U.S. stocks last week. Geopolitics is the intersection of geography, economics, and politics. Last week, there were some fine examples of the ways geopolitical events can create uncertainty. Barron’s reported: “President Donald Trump began the week suggesting that a trade war with China was on hold, […]
THE MARKETS Too much? Too little? Or just right? U.S. stock markets were relatively calm, although they finished the week lower. U.S. Treasury yields hit a 7-year high and finished the week above 3 percent. While these were notable, the most remarkable events last week occurred beyond our borders. These include: The […]
THE MARKETS Splash! How do employers lure staff in a tightening labor market? The curly tail grubs and spinnies of the business world are higher wages and better benefits. During the past decade, the employment picture in the United States has shifted dramatically. In mid-2009, 15.4 million unemployed Americans were chasing 2.2 […]
THE MARKETS What in the world? A lot happened last week. Some of the notable events included: Trade talks between the United States and China. The talks were described as “frank, efficient, and constructive,” although significant issues have yet to be resolved. A Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The Federal Reserve indicated […]
THE MARKETS A meeting of the minds. The Federal Reserve and the U.S. bond market appear to be in agreement about the direction of interest rates. For more years than anyone cares to count, investment professionals have been predicting the end of the bull market in bonds. Bond guru Bill Gross called the […]
THE MARKETS The world is in debt. The April 2018 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Fiscal Monitor reported global debt has reached a historically high level. In 2016, debt peaked at 225 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) (the value of all goods and services produced across the world). Public debt is a […]
There is no lack of studies and statistics that prove that charitable giving offers greater happiness when compared to simply buying more “stuff.” Eventually, the newness of that fancy car wears off, the enjoyment you get from that expensive boat fades, and you realize that everything you fill your home with maybe isn’t as important […]
THE MARKETS What do you think? Are you bullish, bearish, or neutral about the U.S. stock market? Are U.S. stocks undervalued, overvalued, or fairly valued? What is the biggest threat the U.S. stock market faces this year? During the first four months of 2018, U.S. stocks have experienced not one, but two, […]
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Managing Director and Partner with Scannell Wealth Management at HighTower, shares his thoughts on topics such as entrepreneurship, small business ownership, preparing for retirement and generational wealth transfer planning. Located in Valparaiso, IN, Tim Scannell is family oriented with a passion for preparing the next generation to inherit wealth without burden or conflict.
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.
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