Money Talks – April 9, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Jim Crone, CLU®, CFS®, joins Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon CFA, CVA, to discuss the week’s market movements, healthcare, unemployment and the Consumer Sentiment Survey. They also touch on the ISM Manufacturing and Services indices as well as Factory Orders. The hosts also discuss the latest changes the Department of Labor made to the definition of fiduciary standard under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). In this week’s case study, Jim helps the hosts explore a case study about an investor who is considering a long-term care annuity. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on oil companies BP and Exxon; life insurance trusts and estate taxes; and agricultural chemical companies Potash, Ciner Resources and Mosaic.

Market Roundup: Down Week Nearly Erases Year-to-Date Gains

The week began with a pullback in oil prices, which eroded the market’s recent rally. Commodities prices slipped, weighing on Energy and Materials shares. Many investors took comfort in Friday’s solid reading on U.S. manufacturing activity and the March jobs report, which further eased worries about the strength of the U.S. economy. However, concerns about sluggish global growth remained. The decline continued Tuesday with every sector in the S&P 500 falling, all but erasing the index’s gains for the year. The two-day losing streak was snapped Wednesday, led higher by Healthcare sector stocks. Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s March meeting showed policymakers left interest rates unchanged and reduced the number of planned rate increases to two from four. The market’s gains were short-lived as Financials and Energy stocks led the decline on Thursday. Friday’s gains were not enough to push the week into green territory, despite the rally in West Texas Intermediate crude.