Financial Tips for Parents of College Grads

A new wave of college graduates were introduced to the “real world” last month.  The good news is that according to the National Association of College and Employers, employers are expecting to hire 19% more recent college graduates this year than last.  The bad news is that college graduates come out of college with an [...]

June 13th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 6/10/11

The market took another beating this past week with the 6th straight week of losses.  All three major indexes are down more than 4 percent over the last month due to concerns that the U.S. economy is stalling.  Stocks have been falling since April as a response to the negative reports in housing, manufacturing and [...]

June 13th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/27/2011

We had another wild ride this past week that ended with low market participation going into a 3-day weekend in the US.  The economic data that was reported during the week was unimpressive to say the least.  Manufacturing has been one of the stronger points of the US economy to date; however, there are new [...]

May 27th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/20/2011

The markets had a very volatile week.  Between now and the end of summer, we are likely to see many more weeks like this.  This past week had some pretty troubling news that could be initial evidence of the economy slowing.  For example, Japan’s economy has taken a nosedive and is likely back in a [...]

May 20th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/13/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average -0.34% +8.80% NASDAQ Composite +0.03% +6.62% S&P 500 Index -0.18% +6.37% Russell 2000 +0.28% +6.64% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.12% +0.98% MSCI All Country World -1.24% +3.91% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 5-13-11 The markets as a whole were relatively flat last week.  In terms [...]

May 15th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/6/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average -1.34% +9.17% NASDAQ Composite -1.60% +6.58% S&P 500 Index -1.72% +6.56% Russell 2000 -3.69% +6.34% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.19% +0.86% MSCI All Country World -2.84% +5.21% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 5-6-11 Global markets were rocked last week with large sell-offs in oil and [...]

May 9th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 4/22/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +1.33% +8.02% NASDAQ Composite +2.01% +6.31% S&P 500 Index +1.34% +6.01% Russell 2000 +1.28% +7.91% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.29% +0.01% MSCI All Country World +1.85% +5.26% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 4-22-11 The global markets surged this week even after the jolt Standard and [...]

April 25th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 2/25/2011

Total Returns % www.humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org/2013/ 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average -2.10% +4.78% NASDAQ Composite -1.87% +4.83% S&P 500 Index -1.72% +4.95% Russell 2000 -1.54% +4.89% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.73% -0.28% MSCI All Country World -1.71% +3.40% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 2-25-11 As I’m sure many of you were too, I was definitely [...]

February 28th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 2/18/2011

Global markets put in another solid week of gains. However, emerging markets are still struggling with rising food prices and inflation controls.

February 21st, 2011|

To Rent or Buy: That is the Question…

One of the most important decisions for a newlywed couple, a family in transition, or anyone who relocates to a new city is whether to buy or rent a home.  People often say that they want to buy a home to begin building equity.  However, there are many expenses outside of a mortgage payment that [...]

February 1st, 2011|