The S&P 500 soared 2.1% last week. Better-than-expected economic data from the U.S. and China reduced the risk of a global recession. The global MSCI ACWI gained 2.1% as the rally was broad-based. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3% as interest rates rose on the positive economic news. Bond prices move in the opposite direction as interest rates. Read more
Many of us are “celebrating” the warmer weather this time of year by sweeping away dust bunnies and vacuuming behind the couch. Spring cleaning has been part of our annual rhythm for centuries, from ancient religious traditions to scrubbing coal soot off the walls in Victorian times. Read more
The S&P 500 dropped 0.7% on concerns a key economic indicator signaled recession risk was increasing. The global MSCI ACWI slipped 0.5%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index soared 0.9% as investors rotated toward fixed-income investments that often perform better when rates decline.
Valentine’s Day was tough on New Yorkers who hoped to benefit from the more than 20,000 new jobs from Amazon’s move there (not to mention all the additional jobs from construction and supporting the new employees). For others, the event is the hoped-for moment where the relative power of corporations, governments and labor shifts back to governments and possibly labor. Expect those who protested against Amazon’s breaks to be disappointed. Instead, the move will be seen as evidence of corporations continuing to gain strength. Read more
The S&P 500 rebounded 2.9% after last week’s decline as positive sentiment overcame a number of mildly negative economic reports and continued uncertainty regarding trade. The global MSCI ACWI shed 2.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.7%. Read more
A group policy from work probably won’t replace enough of your income to meet your needs.
You may think that your financial life is in perfect order. You have a solid plan to reach your goals, including maxed-out retirement savings and enough life insurance to protect your family in case you die while you’re still earning an income. But it’s a safe bet you’ve left one gaping hole that could jeopardize all of your planning: the risk that you will become disabled and unable to work. Read more
As they say, good deeds are their own reward. Even so, there’s nothing wrong with taking a tax deduction for a charitable donation.
Not surprisingly, the end of the year — a time when people like to wrap up loose ends — is an especially popular time for giving. December takes the top spot for giving, with 18 percent of donations occurring in that month. Read more