Is the Market Poised for a Value Shift? Posted by CopyTeam   The stock market continues to exhibit resiliency in the face of disrupting factors, ranging from a global pandemic to a severe economic decline to a controversial presidential election. For many years, Wall Street analysts warned a market correction was long overdue. Despite intermittent…

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The Pandemic Highlights the Difference Between Economics and Finance Posted by CopyTeam   One of the more glaring lessons of the 2020 pandemic was that the economy and the stock market are not the same thing, nor do they necessarily move in lockstep. They are measurements of two different things, often indicating how the other…

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The rise in prices comes as demand continues to strengthen Posted by CopyTeam   Oil prices are influenced by supply and demand, and 2020 was a great demonstration of this principle. With global and local shutdowns due to the spread of the coronavirus, there was less demand for products and services. While online shopping was…

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WHY IT MAKES SENSE TO CONSOLIDATE YOUR FINANCIAL PORTFOLIOS Posted by CopyTeam   Throughout investment industry and financial media sources we constantly hear the message that our money should be diversified. By spreading assets throughout a number of different vehicles, we can take advantage of various market opportunities while helping protect them from some investment…

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Funding Alternatives to an Exhausted Trust Fund Posted by CopyTeam   As the Social Security Trust Fund approaches its expiration date, many existing entities are offering helpful suggestions for funding alternatives. For example, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) recommends a combination of changing how cost of living adjustments are made, delaying retirement age…

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How the Federal Government Can Pay for Its List of To-Do Items Posted by CopyTeam   A recent article in The New York Times tackled the challenge of how the federal government can pay for its list of to-do items, such as nationwide infrastructure updates, investing in clean energy, ensuring every American has access to…

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How Do Demographics Affect the Economy? Posted by CopyTeam   Back in 2019, economists claimed that the large population of older Americans, dubbed the “silver tsunami,” was creating a drag on the economy. The fear was that Americans were aging toward retirement at a faster rate than young adults were entering the workforce. Not only…

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ANOTHER MIXED WEEK FOR U.S. STOCK MARKETS AS GOLD FALLS, OIL DROPS AND THE U.S. DOLLAR RISES Weekly Market Update – Sept 28, 2020 It was another mixed week for U.S. stock markets, leaving investors trying to decide which way the trend is headed The S&P 500 was down 0.6%, which technically is its fourth…

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U.S. EQUITY MARKETS LOSE GROUND FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW DESPITE MOSTLY POSITIVE ECONOMIC DATA AND LESS VOLATILITY Weekly Market Update – Sept 14, 2020 The markets continued to head south on the Labor Day-shortened trading week and despite some big daily movements, volatility actually declined as the week wore on The large…

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U.S. EQUITY MARKETS RETREAT FROM RECENT HIGHS AMIDST LIKELY PROFIT-TAKING AND BETTER THAN EXPECTED EMPLOYMENT DATA The beginning of the week saw U.S. equity markets hit new highs, but momentum quickly shifted amidst profit taking and increased volatility, pushing the markets to give up most of their gains from the previous week NASDAQ dropped the…

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