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Jul

25

Growth Report for Monday, July 25, 2016

GAINS IN HOME BUYING & HOUSING STARTS June brought a 1.1% rise in existing home sales. Analysts, polled by the Wall Street Journal, had forecast a 0.7% decline. In its new report, the National Association of Realtors said 33% of June sales involved first-time buyers, which was a 4-year peak. New Department of Commerce data […]

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Jul

18

Getting Your Financial Paperwork in Good Order

Help make things easier for your loved ones when you leave this world. Who wants to leave this world with their financial affairs in good order? We all do, right? None of us wants to leave a collection of financial mysteries for our spouse or our children to solve. What we want and what we […]

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Jul

18

Growth Report for Monday, July 18, 2016

Two SIGNS OF A STRONGER ECONOMY Retail sales improved 0.6% in June, according to the Commerce Department, and the core gain was 0.7% with auto buying and home improvement purchases factored out. Industrial production rose 0.6% in June, making up for a 0.3% May loss. Both indicators could be taken as hints of solid second-quarter […]

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Jul

11

What Are Catch-Up Contributions Really Worth?

What degree of difference could they make for you in retirement? At a certain age, you are allowed to boost your yearly retirement account contributions. For example, you can direct an extra $1,000 per year into a Roth or traditional IRA starting in the year you turn 50.1 Your initial reaction to that may be: […]

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Jul

11

Growth Report for Monday, July 11, 2016

A REASSURING JOBS REPORT June was the best month for hiring since October. Employers added 287,000 new jobs to their payrolls last month; analysts polled by Bloomberg forecast a gain of 180,000. The headline unemployment rate rose to 4.9% in the Department of Labor’s latest report, a reflection of more Americans looking for work. The […]

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Jul

4

Why the Brexit Should Not Rattle Investors

Wall Street has rebounded so many times, so quickly. The Brexit vote was a disruption for Wall Street, not a new normal. Yes, it could mean a “new normal” for the European Union – but the European Union is not Wall Street. Stateside, investors respond to domestic economic and geopolitical indicators as much as foreign […]

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Jul

4

Growth Report for Monday, July 4, 2016

SOLID GAINS In CONSUMER SPENDING, CONFIDENCE Personal spending rose 0.4% in May, according to the Department of Commerce, complemented by a 0.2% advance for personal incomes. April’s consumer spending increase was revised up to 1.1%. The Conference Board’s monthly consumer confidence index also improved in June, heading north 5.6 points to a reading of 98.0.1 […]

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Jun

27

Growth Report for Monday, June 27, 2016

BREXIT VOTE BATTERS GLOBAL MARKETS The world reacted to the news Thursday night that U.K. voters had decided to leave the European Union. Germany’s DAX, France’s CAC-40, and Japan’s Nikkei 225 respectively ended their Friday trading sessions with losses of 6.82%, 8.04%, and 7.92%. Wall Street was not hit as hard, but the Dow fell […]

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Jun

27

FAQ on Brexit & the Markets


What was “Brexit” and why did it happen? Brexit (short for “British Exit”) was the nickname given to the movement to persuade the British government to pull Britain out of the European Union (EU). A nationwide referendum — only the third in modern history in Britain — took place on June 23, 2016, and by […]

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Jun

20

South Jordan City resident asks, “How Can Millennials Can Get Off to a Good Financial Start?”

Doing the right things at the right time may leave you wealthier later. What can you do to start building wealth before age 35? You know time is your friend and that the earlier you begin saving and investing for the future, the better your financial prospects may become. So what steps should you take? […]

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