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- Market Minutes for the week of May 16th 05/20/16Market Minutes for the week of May 16th: “The difference between school and life? In school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett (“we’ll leave the light on for ya.”) There has been lots of economic data released over the past several weeks and the trend is that there is no trend. For at least the last two years, data has shown that U.S. economic growth has been very inconsistent and inconclusive when it comes to establishing an investable trend. The latest data remains consistently inconsistent. The Labor Department reported that producer prices rose by a modest 0.2% in April. Consumer prices on the other hand rose by a surprising 0.4% during April (core rate +0.2%). The biggest culprits were higher gasoline, rent and health care costs. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Read more...
- Blueprints: Seek the help of experienced professionals 05/06/16“Experience is a funny thing. You don’t always have it when you need it.” – Patrick Chan, Olympic Figure Skater This is the time of year when I look outside and my blood pressure goes up. My backyard has plants, trees, bushes, grass and lots and lots of dandelions all starting to grow. Luckily, this weekend we had snow and I did not have to spend time in my yard deciding what to plant, what to cut and what to pull. Don’t get me wrong – I like the greenery and watching my yard come alive in spring. What gives me a headache is that my yard needs work to look its best and I know it needs someone with a good eye to tell me what to plant where and how to make it truly beautiful. I’ve been in my house for four years and have the same issue Read more...
- Market Minutes for the week of April 25th 04/29/16Market Minutes for the week of April 25th: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation” – John Wooden During earnings season, Jim Cramer listens to dozens upon dozens of calls from companies as they discuss their previous quarters and comment on what kind of business environment they see going forward. Here is his summation of what he has heard from corporate America so far this season: “First, the world is getting better. China has bottomed and Europe is getting a head of steam. Second, oil has bottomed because of both increasing demand and declining supply…Let me go through some of the calls. On the Caterpillar report, management said three times that China was getting better for them. Asia was actually up in the quarter year over year…On the Honeywell call, CEO David Cote called out some very strong Chinese orders for automated controls. Chinese aircraft sales and service Read more...
- Market Minutes for the week of April 18th 04/22/16Market Minutes for the week of April 18th: “Bad dreams are more likely the result of strong cheeses than suppressed guilt” – David Brown U.S. industrial production fell by 0.6% in March after falling by the same amount in February. Weakness in mining, machinery, and oil and gas are most certainly the main culprits but a slowdown in automobile production may be at hand. Initial jobless claims fell by another 6,000 last week, dropping even lower into the lowest levels since 1973. The bottom line is that outside of manufacturing and oil and gas, layoffs remain modest. As the labor market continues to tighten, employers are holding on to the employees they’ve got. The Index of Leading Economic Indicators rose by 0.2% in March. The LEI is a closely followed barometer of economic health and includes components such as manufacturing new orders, stock prices and average weekly initial claims for Read more...
When: June 15, 2016 4:30 PM Where: The Resource Exchange
"Investing For Your Future" Building Block #8 - This workshop will help you choose how much to save for retirement and funding a trust and which investment options you should consider using. The event is free. Registration is required.
When: June 25, 2016 1:00 PM Where: Cheyenne Mountain Library
Get the information you need to begin your planning. Scott Rethi, Cascade Investment Group strategist, will discuss the “when”, “how” and “why” particular benefits should or shouldn’t be elected. The seminar is free but registration is required.
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