The indices closed mixed on Monday with late day trading leading the Dow and S&P 500 into the green zone. The NASDAQ shed some points, and Small-Cap stocks briefly fell into a bear market. On Tuesday, a late afternoon rally left indices positive for the day, with NASDAQ trading leading the advance. Crude oil briefly fell below $30 a barrel; however, West Texas Intermediate crude managed to settle at $30.79 a barrel. U.S. stocks tumbled on Wednesday to their lowest close since September, and oil prices gave up an early rally on mounting worries about the global economy. In economic reports, the Fed’s Beige Book reported growth in consumer and housing sectors. Expansion in manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors continued to lag in recent months. Trading closed in green territory on Thursday as Labor Department data showed initial jobless claims increased to 284,000 last week. Unfortunately, indices closed the session well into the red zone on Friday with stocks trading into territory not seen since August. West Texas Intermediate crude dipped 5.7% to settle at $29.14 a barrel.
Our hosts answer listeners’ questions on specialty insurance underwriter Markel Corp. and property and casualty insurer White Mountain Insurance Group, addressing concerns that share prices are several hundreds of dollars. They also discuss the future of Apple Inc., and how the E.Coli outbreak has affected Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Our experts address a follow up question to last week’s conversation on the pace of 401(k) contributions and how the employer match may be affected by maxing out contributions early in the year. They also address one listener’s question about purchasing life insurance for his newborn child.
This week on “Money Talks,” Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, joins Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the turbulent ride the market has taken at the start of 2016. They also discuss the Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing and Nonmanufacturing indices, international trade, mortgage applications and Interest rates. In this week’s case study, our experts explore a listener’s dilemma on timing his 401(k) contributions and whether he should pay off his mortgage before retirement, discussing the decisions from both a financial and emotional standpoint. The hosts also address listeners’ questions on oil and energy prices, companies BP and Marathon Oil, as well as, tax deductions for 529 plan contributions, and diagnostic testing service provider Quest Diagnostics.
Our experts explore a listener’s dilemma on timing his 401(k) contributions and whether he should pay off his mortgage before retirement, discussing the decisions from both a financial and emotional standpoint.
A sharp selloff in China’s market resulted in a rocky trading day for the U.S. markets. Most blue chip stocks retreated, and Energy stocks traded lower on a downswing in crude oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.8%, settling at $36.76 a barrel. Trading on Tuesday closed with gains, with Consumer Staples and Telecommunication stocks helping the tepid recovery from the sharp selloff that started the year. The rally was short-lived as the markets closed Wednesday in the red zone, brought down by Energy stocks. Additionally, Energy Information Administration showed an unexpected increase of 2.6 million barrels in crude inventories in the past week. Analysts were forecasting a decline in reserves. National Association of Realtors data showed a 0.9% decrease in November for pending home sales. Stocks continued to tumble Thursday following Labor Department data which showed that initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 277,000 last week. The decline seemed to level out on Friday when the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an addition of 292,000 jobs in December. Looking elsewhere, manufacturing levels made a fractional retreat in December. The Institute for Supply Management’s survey slipped to 48.2 from November’s reading of 48.6.
The “Money Talks” experts address listeners’ questions on oil and energy prices, including companies BP and Marathon Oil. They also explain the tax deductions for 529 plan contributions in Georgia and answer a question on diagnostic testing service provider Quest Diagnostics.
Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, Nick Antonucci and Daniel Rigby, CFA from the Henssler Research Department discuss how the markets fared in 2015 and what they believe 2016 holds. They discuss how oil prices weighed on the markets throughout the year and the first 10% decline for the markets since 2011. For 2016, the analysts discuss what they expect for inflation and market gains, and where interest rates may go in the New Year.
This week on “Money Talks,” Senior Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, joins Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA to discuss the week’s big news: The Fed raised the Fed Funds rate by 25 basis points. They also talk about the market’s economic releases, including inflation indicators the Consumer Price and Producer Price indices. The experts also focus on a case study of a family who wants to keep a family business in the family once the patriarch retires. The hosts answer listeners’ questions on Capital One Financial, Skyworks Solutions, steel companies Nucor and Posco, and Berkshire Hathaway. They also answer a question about how much one can earn while taking Social Security benefits before they become taxable.