Thursday, December 8th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized
The stock market has been riding high as of late, but now may not be the best time to celebrate. There are numerous factors contributing to the stock market highs, so we’ll take a look at a few of them and answer the question, “why is the stock market so high?”
First, we can thank the bond market for the continued rise in the stock market. Bond yields are incredibly low. As of August 1st of 2016, daily treasury yield curve rates were 0.20% for a one-month note, 0.50% for a 1-year note, and 1.06% for a five-year note. What these low rates do is make stock dividends look more appealing. The average dividend for the S&P 500 stock index is around 2.1% which is almost double the percentage on a five-year treasury note. Therefore, investors are fleeing bonds and flocking to stocks as they seek higher returns. Read More
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 and is filed under Uncategorized
Anemic growth barely hovering above zero in the first quarter of 2014 exposed the depths of a lingering and persistently weak U.S. economy. Gross Domestic Product edged up by a scant 0.1 percent, the slackest pace of growth since late 2012.
New Factory Orders gained just 1.1 percent in March, missing expectations of a bounce from a 1.5 percent rise in February. Wages were flat in April compared to March, with the average hourly wage for private sector workers settling at $24.31—a 1.9 percent from April 2013. The average workweek at 34.5 hours was also unchanged from March, though it was up slightly from April 2013. Read More
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 and is filed under Uncategorized
Bulls on Main Street go into hibernation
Bulls are a fast-disappearing species on Main Street. Spooked by the big sell-off two weeks ago in high-octane momentum stocks, the percentage of individual investors that say they are bullish is at the lowest level in a year.
Proving once again that Main Street is still wary of the U.S. stock market after the 2007-09 meltdown, only 27.2% of the members polled by the American Association of Individual Investors said they were “bullish” on the stock market as of last Thursday. That marks the lowest reading since April 18, 2013, when just 26.9% said they were bullish. Read More
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized
by Cathy DeWitt Dunn –
There is a mountain of data showing that the best time to sell stocks is in May and to stay out of the stock market for the following six months. Data shows that the S&P November-April period outperforms the May-October in the past 10, 20, and 50 year periods by over five percentage points on average. Read More
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized
The stock market has recently reached an all-time high, and many people are looking at their brokerage accounts and celebrating. However, I wouldn’t pop the corks on those champagne bottles just yet. There’s a chance that this bubble is about to burst with a big stock market correction coming soon.
A fifteen-year look back at the S&P 500 might shed a little light on why many financial professionals believe a correction is coming and soon.
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 and is filed under Uncategorized
Gold lost 13% of its value in its biggest 2-day loss in 30 years, closing at $1,361 on April 15th. Gold has not closed under $1,400 since March of 2011. Gold peaked in August of 2011, closing at close to $1,900 an ounce. Why the decline? Read More
Thursday, April 11th, 2013 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized
It is being reported by The Hill, U.S. News, Bloomberg and other reputable news sources that President Obama’s soon to be released budget proposes a $3 million “limit” to the amount an individual can put aside in tax deferred retirement savings like 401Ks and IRAs.
In a recent article posted on The Hill titled, “Obama budget to take aim at wealthy IRAs“, a senior administration official stated, “wealthy taxpayers can currently ‘accumulate many millions of dollars in these accounts, substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.'” Let that sink in for a moment, “substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.” Read More
Thursday, March 21st, 2013 and is filed under Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized, Videos
In this video, Safe Money Talk Radio and AnnuityWatchUSA.com’s Matt Redding explains Wall Street versus Main Street as it pertains to the stock market versus fixed index annuities.
Matt talks about the roller coaster ride of the stock market over the last ten to twelve years and because of the two approximately 50% declines in the market shows how stockholders have little to show for their investments. Read More
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 and is filed under Annuity News, Retirement Income Annuities, Uncategorized
The stock market all time high has many looking at their 401Ks and celebrating their exceptionally good fortune. However, I wouldn’t pop the corks on those champagne bottles just yet. There’s a chance that this bubble is about to burst.
The question is why is the stock market so high when so many other economic indicators are performing poorly or are in a downright tailspin? Read More