Investments

  • Housing Market May Be Entering ‘The Great Normalization’
    Housing Market May Be Entering ‘The Great Normalization’

    Slowing sales are a symptom of a housing market that’s coming off of a two-year pandemic-influenced frenzy and settling into a pace that’s more in line with historical norms, says Chief Economist Mark Fleming—

    First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a premier provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions and the leader in the digital transformation of its industry, today released First American’s proprietary Potential Home Sales Model for the month of July 2022. 
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  • Gen Z: The Next Big Cohort Is Here
    Gen Z: The Next Big Cohort Is Here

    Taking aim at the new financial-demographic target

    In 10 years, Gen Z will be the largest American generation and as with previous generations, product developers and marketers are tasked with determining which of their current behaviors and preferences reflect their youth and which reflect the unique attributes and characteristics of the cohort.
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  • Most Traders See A Recession Beginning This Year
    Most Traders See A Recession Beginning This Year

    Inflation continues to drive bearish sentiment although trader confidence remains high

    The latest Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey reveals that nine in 10 traders see a U.S. economic recession as somewhat to highly likely and 74% anticipate it will begin this year. The potential of a recession is now the primary concern for 18% of traders, up 6% from the previous quarter.
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  • US Annuity Market Report 2022
    US Annuity Market Report 2022

    Growing demand for registered indexed linked annuities presents opportunities

    The US annuity market in 2021 was valued at US$231.63 billion. The market is expected to reach US$298.70 billion by 2026. The term annuity refers to an insurance contract issued and distributed by financial institutions with the intention of paying out invested funds in a fixed income stream in the future. Investors invest in or…
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  • From A Market Risk Vantage Point, All Securities Are Created Equal
    From A Market Risk Vantage Point, All Securities Are Created Equal

    From a financial risk point of view... not so much

    by Steve Selengut

    All investing involves risk. All marketable/tradable securities are subject to both "Market Risk" and "Financial Risk, among several others. Market Risk is actually the very nature of all securities, as all are constantly changing in market value for a myriad of reasons. But changing market values do nothing to alter the intrinsic nature of a…
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  • Tracking The U.S. Economy
    Tracking The U.S. Economy

    Consumer confidence in federal policies drives down economic optimism overall

    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, declined by 1.0% overall in August to return to a reading of 38.1 due to a significant drop on the Federal Policies component. The index now has been in negative territory for the last 12 months. A reading above 50.0 signals optimism and…
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  • Has Inflation Peaked Yet?
    Has Inflation Peaked Yet?

    Inflation is causing stress and anxiety and many investors believe it has not peaked

    State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), today announced the findings of its Inflation Impact Survey, which reveals how inflation is influencing Americans’ spending, saving, and investing behavior.
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  • Investor Movement Index Lower Amid July Volatility
    Investor Movement Index Lower Amid July Volatility

    Many looked to reduce exposure, finding opportunities in communications services, energy

    The Investor Movement Index® (IMXSM) decreased to 4.68 in July, down from 5.10 in June. The IMX is TD Ameritrade’s proprietary, behavior-based index, aggregating Main Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors actually were doing and how they were positioned in the markets.
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  • On The Minds Of Investors
    On The Minds Of Investors

    Investor optimism drops on inflation and geopolitical concerns

    Optimism among high-net-worth investors dipped to early-pandemic levels on continuing concerns about the economic and market impact of inflation and the war in Ukraine, according to the latest quarterly Investor Sentiment survey from UBS, the world's leading global wealth manager.
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  • State Street Partners With Latinx Firms To Underwrite $750 Million Of Senior Notes
    State Street Partners With Latinx Firms To Underwrite $750 Million Of Senior Notes

    Third issuance this year reinforces State Street’s commitment to increasing inclusion, diversity and equity in financial industry

    State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced today that it has issued $750 million aggregate principal amount of fixed-to-floating rate senior notes due 2033.
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