U.S. equities started the year strongly, but gains were erased towards the end of the month as a result of coronavirus fears. The S&P 500® was flat in January, while smaller-caps lagged, with the S&P MidCap 400® and the S&P SmallCap 600® down 3% and 4%, respectively. International markets declined, with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S BMI and S&P Emerging BMI down 2% and 4%, respectively. Low Volatility was the top performing factor; not unrelatedly, Utilities was the top [...]
2020-02-06T00:22:19+00:00 February 6th, 2020|
This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic. Click HERE to download this quarter's breakdown!
2020-01-14T03:05:01+00:00 January 14th, 2020|
In sharp contrast to last year, U.S. equities triumphed in 2019, with the S&P 500® up 31%, its biggest annual gain since 2013. Easing trade tensions and Fed accommodation renewed optimism about the economic outlook. Mega-caps dominated as gains for the S&P MidCap 400® and the S&P SmallCap 600®, 26% and 23% respectively, lagged the S&P 500. International markets also gained, with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S BMI up 23% and the S&P Emerging BMI up 20%. High [...]
2020-01-02T18:48:00+00:00 January 2nd, 2020|
Amid optimism that U.S.-China trade issues will be resolved amicably, U.S. equities showed strength in November. The S&P 500® was up 4%, its biggest monthly gain since June, while the S&P SmallCap 600® and the S&P MidCap 400® gained 3%. International markets also gained, with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S BMI up 1%. The resurgence in Value continued, as Enhanced Value was the best performing factor. Year-to-date, Quality was the top performing factor index, up an impressive 29%; not [...]
2019-12-02T20:52:03+00:00 December 2nd, 2019|
How much retirement income can YOUR portfolio support? Have you considered interest rate and inflation risk? Focusing on a final number doesn't tell the whole story. It's important to have discussions with a financial planner about income streams and cost of living in your retirement years.
2019-11-26T17:04:55+00:00 November 26th, 2019|
8 REASONS TO BEAT THE DEADLINE! SIGN UP FOR A CONSULTATION HERE! Solo 401ks are cost-effective, powerful retirement vehicles. They are designed for self-employed workers who have no employees other than a spouse. They allow small-business owners to stash away much more for retirement than they could stash in a traditional IRA or a SEP IRA, while avoiding the expense and paperwork of setting up a full traditional 401(k) plan. 1) Generous Contribution [...]
2019-11-26T00:53:37+00:00 November 21st, 2019|