Investments

  • Stocks Post Small Weekly Gains
    Stocks Post Small Weekly Gains

    Corporate profits, US-China trade talks vie for investor attention

    Major U.S. stock benchmarks eked out slight gains last week, with corporate profit reports and news about U.S.-China trade negotiations vying for investor attention over five trading sessions.
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  • Making Wealth Common: Extending Financial Opportunity for All
    Making Wealth Common: Extending Financial Opportunity for All

    MetLife Foundation, Commonwealth launch multi-year effort to help millions of financially vulnerable build savings & economic opportunity

    Decades of research points to the material, psychological and social value of wealth. Yet, building financial security is a persistent challenge for lower-income Americans who continue to become less wealthy, not more.
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  • A Bullish View for 2019 IPO Market
    A Bullish View for 2019 IPO Market

    But will shutdown impact linger?

    Bankers are feeling confident about a strong IPO market in 2019, despite expectations of economic volatility, market corrections, and other risks, according to a new survey from BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and advisory firms.
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  • Markets Gain Again
    Markets Gain Again

    The Fed, corporate earnings and labor lead the charge

    Last week closed out one of stocks' top January performances in years. In fact, both the S&P 500 and Dow posted their best January results in at least 3 decades. For the week, major domestic indexes were also up.
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  • U.S. Investors Go Risk-Averse In January
    U.S. Investors Go Risk-Averse In January

    China trade outcome looms

    Despite a rebound in U.S. equity markets, investors largely remained risk-averse in January. The Investor Movement Index® (IMXSM) continued its downward trend for the fourth consecutive month to 4.28, down 3 percent from last month’s reading of 4.41.
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  • Building Financial Futures
    Building Financial Futures

    Market shake-up impacted account balances, but investors “stayed the course” despite volatility

    For many retirement savers, the recent market volatility is the most significant they have seen in several years – and for some of our younger investors, 2018 was the first time in their careers they have experienced a significant down market...
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  • Should you take Social Security at 62?
    Should you take Social Security at 62?

    If you can wait a few years or longer, you can boost your benefits—and your spouse's

    When it comes to Social Security, it can be tempting to take the money and run as soon as you're eligible—typically at age 62. After all, you've likely been paying into the system for all of your working life, and you're ready to receive your benefits. Plus, guaranteed monthly income is nice to have.
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  • Stocks Muted, Big Week Ahead
    Stocks Muted, Big Week Ahead

    Despite a lack of drama last week... still plenty to consider

    For the first time in months, U.S. markets experienced little movement last week. The Dow and NASDAQ did have their 5th week of gains in a row, but their increases were small: 0.12% and 0.11%, respectively.
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  • IBD Releases Seventh Annual Survey of the Best Online Brokers
    IBD Releases Seventh Annual Survey of the Best Online Brokers

    Selected by their own customers, Charles Schwab, Fidelity and Interactive Brokers are recognized as the Best Online Brokers for 2019

    Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), a leading financial news and research organization, today announced the results of its seventh annual investor survey of the Best Online Brokers.
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  • Americans’ Financial Satisfaction Drops for the First Time in 2 Years
    Americans’ Financial Satisfaction Drops for the First Time in 2 Years

    Stock market volatility impacts gains

    Market volatility has taken a bite out of Americans’ personal financial satisfaction. With a reading of 30.9, the AICPA’s Q4 2018 Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi) declined for the first time in seven quarters, ending its five-quarter run of consecutive record highs.
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