Money Talks – October 17, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” hosts Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the market’s gain for the week. They also discuss the Producer Price Index, Retail Sales and the Consumer Price Index economic releases. The case study they discuss this week focuses on a recently divorced mother who wants to ensure she will continue to receive child support from her ex, while also focusing on estate planning issues now that she is divorced. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on Wal-Mart Stores’ significant drop in price, health care companies Gilead Sciences and Arcadia Healthcare, as well as questions on Praxair, Disney, TJX Companies and Ralph Lauren.

Money Talks – October 10, 2015

This week on “Money Talks” Senior Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Research Analyst Nick Antonucci join Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the drop in the ISM Nonmanufacturing Index, the U.S. foreign trade deficit and mortgage activity. The hosts also explore a case study of a young couple who are displeased with their current asset allocation and Investment Policy Statement. They also answer listeners’ questions on Adobe Systems Inc., Helen of Troy, Jarden Corp. and how much one can contribute to multiple 401(k)s.

Market Roundup: Strong Week for the Markets

The week began with a strong rally that propelled the S&P 500 index to its biggest five-day percentage gain since 2011 as investors bet low interest rates would stick around for longer as a result of the weaker-than-expected jobs report released last Friday. The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index hit 56.9, which was well shy of August’s reading of 59 and expectations of 57.5. The markets were mixed on Tuesday while the Commerce Department data showed the U.S. trade deficit grew nearly 16% to $48.3 billion in August. Exports slipped by 2% to $185.1 billion. Stocks led the markets back into green territory Wednesday with Energy stocks trading higher despite a dip in crude oil prices. The rally continued Thursday when the Federal Reserve released comments from their September meeting. The report showed that members believed it would be prudent to wait until risks eased before tightening monetary policy, noting that weaker Chinese growth and market volatility would prove an obstacle to inflation hitting the Fed’s 2% target rate. The week was capped off with strong gains across several sectors. 

Money Talks – October 3, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Senior Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, joins hosts Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the week’s market moves, personal income, consumer confidence and the ISM Manufacturing Index. They also take a look at a case study about a woman who is recently divorced and needs to reassess her financial decisions now that she is a single parent. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on analyzing the dividend payout for stocks and REITs, and investments in WisdomTree Investments, Palo Alto Networks and Snyder’s-Lance.