This past week started strong as the major indexes finished up for the first few days of the week. However, things took a turn for the worse when another earthquake shook Japan. In addition to the tragedy in Japan, the conflict in Libya heated up, and a potential government shutdown loomed. All these factors combined led to a week of low trading volume as investors waited to see how everything would play out. […]
Many times after I complete an insurance analysis for a client and it’s time for them to purchase a policy, they will ask me, “Can we just buy the policy from you?” The answer is always, “Sorry, no.” I could go out and get my insurance license to sell insurance products, but then I wouldn’t [...]
Guest Blog Post from Angie Chladek, SVP Marketing and Communications The recent craze of Groupon, or deep discount-type websites, really piqued my interest in the beginning. I was blown away that they could discount products and services by half, and jumped on the bandwagon to promote the deals. We’ve even purchased from many of the [...]
John will be speaking on behalf of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) on the topic of “Financial Goals for Financial Success” from 10:40-11:40 a.m. at Donnelly College (608 N 18th St, Kansas City, KS 66102). His presentation will help you: Evaluate your wants versus needs, develop a routine for making every day money decisions, and [...]
Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.33% +5.12% NASDAQ Composite +0.13% +4.97% S&P 500 Index +0.10% +5.05% Russell 2000 +0.37% +5.28% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index -0.41% -0.69% MSCI All Country World +0.64% +4.06% Source: Yahoo! Finance. Data through 3-4-11 Global markets had a rocky week thanks to pressure from oil, and [...]
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 [...]
Global markets put in another solid week of gains. However, emerging markets are still struggling with rising food prices and inflation controls.
Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.84% +0.84% NASDAQ Composite +1.90% +1.90% S&P 500 Index +1.10% +1.10% Russell 2000 +0.53% +0.53% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index -0.23% -0.23% MSCI All Country World -0.36% -0.36% Source: Morningstar, Inc. Data through 1-7-11 I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year. As you [...]