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Dec

5

Growth Report for Monday, December 5, 2016

JOBS REPORT SHOWS UNEMPLOYMENT AT 4.6% America’s jobless rate fell to a nine-year low in November as companies added 178,000 net new jobs. The U-6 rate (including the underemployed decreased) 0.2% to 9.3%. There were some negatives: yearly wage growth moderated to 2.5%, and the labor force participation rate ticked down to 62.7%, in part […]

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Nov

28

Can You Get More Income by Reapplying for Social Security?

Most of the loopholes that let retirees do this are gone, but two possibilities remain. Years ago, retirees exploited loopholes in Social Security’s framework to dramatically increase their lifetime Social Security benefits. Many of the tactics they used are no longer permitted, but there are still a couple of ways to restart those retirement benefits […]

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Nov

28

Growth Report for Monday, November 28, 2016

STOCKS SETTLE AT ALL-TIME HIGHS An abbreviated trading week was also a historic week on Wall Street, as the four key U.S. equity indices all reached new peaks. At Friday’s closing bell, the Russell 2000 settled at a record 1,347.20 after its fifteenth straight day of gains; it was up 2.37% for the week. The […]

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Nov

21

Is a SIMPLE IRA Right for Your Business?

A look at this easy-to-administer retirement program. Do you want a simple retirement plan? A plan you can implement easily as an independent contractor or small business owner, without a lot of paperwork? A SIMPLE IRA may be the answer. A SIMPLE IRA plan gives you a tax break, while giving you and your employees […]

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Nov

21

Growth Report for Monday, November 21, 2016

YELLEN HINTS STRONGLY AT A RATE HIKE Thursday, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told Congress that the central bank could raise the benchmark interest rate “relatively soon,” calling current monetary policy merely “moderately accommodative.” She added that Fed officials envision “only gradual increases in the federal funds rate over time to achieve and maintain maximum […]

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Nov

14

Global Markets React to the Trump Win

Major indices advance after the news. Wall Street quickly rallied. Some analysts feared the worst Wednesday morning, but a half-hour after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 28 points while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were barely in the red. By the end of the trading session, the Dow had […]

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Nov

7

Mind Over Money

Emotion often drives our financial decisions, even when logic should. When we go to the grocery store, we seldom shop on logic alone. We may not even buy on price. We buy one type of yogurt over another because of brand loyalty, or because one brand has more appealing packaging than another. We buy five […]

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Nov

7

Growth Report for Monday, November 7, 2016

NEW DATA SHOWS BRIGHTER JOBS PICTURE Unemployment fell to 4.9% in October as firms added 161,000 net new workers, but that was just one positive from the Department of Labor’s latest summary of the U.S. employment situation. Year-over-year wage growth reached 2.8%, the best number seen since June 2009, as average hourly pay rose ten […]

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Oct

31

Mortgage Rates May Stay Low for a Long Time

Why aren’t they rising? Are they the new normal? In November 2012, the interest rate on a 30-year home loan averaged just 3.31%. That was an all-time low. Simultaneously, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged just 2.63% interest and the rate on the adjustable 5/1-year loan fell to 2.74%.1,2 Nearly four years after Freddie Mac reported […]

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Oct

31

Growth Report for Monday, October 31, 2016

ECONOMY EXPANDS 2.9% in THIRD QUARTER After just 1.4% growth in Q2, this was welcome news. Surging exports and greater inventory investment and federal spending made Q3 the best quarter for the economy in two years, according to the Department of Commerce. The federal government’s core PCE price index was up 1.7% for the quarter […]

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