Money Talks – October 29, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Principal Jennifer Thomas, CFP® and Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP® to discuss the week’s economic news, including Consumer Confidence, home prices and durable goods orders, along with the week’s market moves. K.C. and Jennifer delve into a case study about tax loss selling and how selling some positions in your portfolio can help your tax situation. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on Cisco Systems, Bristol-Myers Squibb, W.W. Grainger and 3M. They also address what an investor should do with a non-deductible traditional IRA and what the options are with a UGMA account.

Market Roundup: Markets Slip for the Week on Weaker than Expected Earnings and Falling Oil Prices

Stocks stepped up on Monday despite West Texas Intermediate crude falling 0.7% to settle at $50.52 a barrel. Indices ended trading in the red zone on Tuesday on news that consumer sentiment dipped in October. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined 4.9 points to 98.6, a three-month low. Trading closed with mixed moves on Wednesday. The Dow ended in the green while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ shed some points. Moves were mixed on a variety of earnings releases. Meanwhile, crude oil fell to a three-week low level, with West Texas Intermediate crude slipping by 1.66%, settling at $49.13 a barrel. The Energy Information Administration data showed a decrease of 600,000 domestic barrels last week versus expectations of a 400,000 increase. Looking elsewhere, new home sales ticked up in September, as Commerce Department figures showed sales climbed 3.1% last month to an annual rate of 593,000. On Thursday, stocks swung between gains and losses throughout the day. The markets also saw a selloff in government bonds, which kept investors on edge. In economic news, new orders for durable goods fell in September led by a sizable drop in defense orders. Indices closed again in red territory on Friday with stocks retreating from early session highs on a variety of economic news. Crude oil traded lower on mixed quarterly details from large oil companies. Commerce Department data showed the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.9% in the third quarter, which marked the fastest gross domestic product growth in two years. Elsewhere, a second measure of consumer confidence dipped in October. In a final reading, the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment report hit 87.2, down from 91.2 in September.

Money Talks – October 22, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, joins Bil Lako, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss last Friday’s releases, including the retail sales report, Producer Price Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey. They also cover this week’s releases, including Industrial production, the Consumer Price Index, housing starts and the Fed’s Beige Book. K.C. and Bil discuss what seniors need to know about Medicare’s Open Enrollment season, which runs from October 15 through December 7. They cover the important deadlines and the options seniors should consider when choosing their plans.  The hosts also answer listeners’ questions on student loan processors Navient Corp. and Nelnet; IRS lifetime expectancy factor tables for required minimum distribution calculations, and why an investment adviser may recommend as many as 12 different mutual funds for diversification in an IRA and what an investor should do with that recommendation.

Markets Inch Up as CPI Increase Matches Consensus Expectations

The markets overcame a weak start to end just slightly up. The week began with a whimper as indices closed in red territory on Monday. Stocks slipped alongside a downtick in oil, which fell by 0.81% to settle at $49.94 a barrel. Industrial production increased in September, increasing 0.1%, versus an expected 0.2% gain. Stocks ended with gains on Tuesday, stepping up in the wake of better-than-expected earnings details from several sectors. West Texas Intermediate crude added 0.7% to settle at $50.29 a barrel. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% in September, matching consensus expectations. The core CPI, which excludes food and energy, edged up 0.1%. Indices closed in the green zone on Wednesday as West Texas Intermediate crude tacked on 2.02%. Weekly domestic reserves data from the Energy Information Administration showed a decline of 5.2 million barrels. Housing start activity was mixed in September, with single-family starts up 8.1% to a 783,000 unit rate while multi-family starts retreated by 38% to a 264,000 unit pace last month. However, overall groundbreaking decreased 9.0% to an annual rate of 1.05 million, marking the lowest level since March 2015. The market slipped on Thursday as stocks retreated on mixed earnings details and a fall in crude oil. In the week ended October 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment insurance claims was 260,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised level. Friday’s markets were nearly flat.

Money Talks – October 15, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” insurance expert Jim Crone, CLU®, CFS®, joins hosts Bil Lako, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the market moves, September’s employment situation and wholesale trade. For the case study, Jim explores a situation where life insurance was able to create equity in a family’s estate plan. The team of experts round out the show answering listeners’ questions on disability insurance premiums, reviewing long-term care policies and semiconductor maker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.