Is a Rate Hike Coming?

Weekly Update – March 6, 2017 On Wednesday, March 1, the three major domestic indexes all had their best performance in 2017 and reached record highs yet again. In fact, the S&P 500 hit 2,400 for the first time ever on the same day the Dow went above 21,000 for the first time. While the [...]

March 6th, 2017|

Markets Up, New Data on the Horizon

Weekly Update – February 27, 2017 Once again, domestic markets reached record highs last week. The S&P 500 was up by 0.69% and the NASDAQ increased by 0.12%. With its 0.96% week-over-week growth, the Dow has posted gains for 11 straight days and is currently experiencing its longest record streak since 1987. On the other [...]

February 27th, 2017|

More Record Highs and New Data – Kansas City Financial Planner

Weekly Update – February 21, 2017 Another week, another round of record highs. Despite concerns about how France’s upcoming presidential election could affect the European Union’s stability, U.S. stocks ended the week up yet again. The S&P 500 gained 1.51%, the Dow added 1.75%, and the NASDAQ increased 1.82%—growth that represents record highs for all [...]

February 21st, 2017|

Taxes, Trade, and Record Highs | Kansas City Fee Only Financial Planner

Weekly Update – February 13, 2017 The political world has presented many topics of conversation lately. But one discussion has been relatively quiet: tax reform. Last week, however, the president announced that a “phenomenal” tax plan is forthcoming, and domestic markets responded by reaching record highs. In fact, we saw positive market performance even before [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Taking a Different Look at Labor | Kansas City Fee-only Financial Planner

Weekly Update – February 6, 2017 Political headlines continued to fill the news last week, and while domestic markets declined during mid-week trading, they rebounded on Friday, February 3. Overall, the week showed only modest movement, as the S&P 500 added 0.12%, the NASDAQ was up 0.11% to end at a record high, and the [...]

February 6th, 2017|

Tax Filing Errors to Avoid

The dawn of 2017 brings opportunities to create new resolutions or plans for the coming year — and also marks the beginning of tax season. While tax day on April 18th can seem far off, this year’s deadline will be here before you know it. As you start the process of gathering your tax documents and [...]

February 1st, 2017|

Stocks Up, GDP Down | Kansas City Fee-only Financial Planner

Weekly Update – January 30, 2017 After a brief pause during inauguration week, stocks continued to climb last week. The S&P 500 added 1.03%, the NASDAQ was up 1.90%, and the MSCI EAFE increased by 1.29%. The Dow also grew, adding 1.34%, ending the week above while hitting 20,000 for the first time ever. Consumer [...]

January 30th, 2017|

2017 State of the Markets Presentation

We recently put together our 2017 "State of the Markets"  Presentation in a recorded webinar format that you can watch at your leisure. We hope you find the information beneficial, as we feel there are quiet a few important points you can gain from watching. We're striving to present the facts in a way that [...]

January 26th, 2017|

Markets Pause in Search for Clarity

Weekly Update – January 23, 2017 A new presidential era began last Friday with Donald Trump’s inauguration, and the market reaction was far more restrained than its response to his election. For weeks after the presidential election, we saw markets defy expectations and post significant gains. In fact, the Dow grew by over 1,500 points [...]

January 23rd, 2017|

Financials Up, Indexes Mixed

Weekly Update – January 17, 2017 As we look back on markets last week, we see mixed results, with none of the major domestic indexes gaining or losing more than 1%. The S&P 500 was down 0.10% for the week, and the Dow gave back 0.39%, once again failing to reach 20,000. On the other [...]

January 17th, 2017|