45 Search Results for: covid

  • Market Commentary: Markets Respond Favorably to News of Second Vaccine’s Positive Results

    Posted on November 16, 2020

    Special Update A second COVID-19 vaccine announced very positive results in its initial trial. A biotechnology company announced Monday their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 94.5% effective. The study also showed there were few side effects observed in the vaccine trial. The effectiveness is very high and will likely give the world two vaccines to start protecting people in coming months.

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  • Market Commentary: COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Positive Results and Market Soars Even After Tight Election

    Posted on November 9, 2020

    Special Update The first COVID-19 vaccine to announce results reported very positive data early Monday morning. Two notable pharmaceutical and biotech companies announced on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective. The study also showed there were no side effects observed in the vaccine trial. The effectiveness is higher than many medical experts expected and represents a major step forward in efforts to contain the virus. News on other vaccine trials is expected in coming weeks and months.

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  • Your Year-End Tax Checklist, Plus a Few Extras for 2020

    Posted on November 5, 2020

    A lot of us have been in the attic lately, putting away the ghosts and skeletons from Halloween and dusting off the holiday decorations. While you’re up there, can you find your year-end tax checklist?

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  • How the Results of the Election Could Impact the Markets and Your Financial Plan

    Posted on November 5, 2020

    The votes have been cast and now it’s a waiting game. Our country now faces days of a counting, recounting, accusations, potential lawsuits and a runoff election or two. Only then will we know the results of the 2020 election.

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  • Market Commentary: Uncertainty with Election, Pandemic Cause 5.6% Drop in S&P 500.

    Posted on November 2, 2020

    Last week, markets moved less on the recovery of today and more on the uncertainty of tomorrow. U.S. GDP increased 33.1% (see Figure 1) after a massively negative report last quarter. Strong growth in consumer spending provided the biggest push to the overall economy. Earnings also continued to improve. Originally forecasted to drop 21.1%, strong earnings from internet-based businesses cut the expected dip to 9.8%.

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  • Market Commentary: Unemployment Continues Slow Recovery as U.S. Corporations Beat Earnings Expectations

    Posted on October 26, 2020

    The lack of progress on a federal stimulus bill weighed on markets last week while economic and earnings data provided investors some good news. Initial unemployment claims finally dipped below 800,000. The improvement and adjustments to previous weeks’ estimates suggest the labor market is continuing to recover. Corporate earnings also provided a positive surprise. While many companies are still to report, initial results show 84% of S&P 500 companies are beating estimates.

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  • Market Commentary: Retail Sales Spike, but Unemployment Claims Still on Rise

    Posted on October 19, 2020

    Retail sales rebounded as U.S. consumers continued to put salaries and money left over from the CARES Act into the economy. Retail and food service sales surged 1.9%, more than doubling expectations of 0.8%. The gains raised overall retail sales 5.4% above year-ago levels as consumers make up for consumption lost during the early days of social distancing (Figure 1).

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  • Market Commentary: Stocks Rallied in Hopes of Potential Stimulus Package

    Posted on October 12, 2020

    U.S. stocks rallied on expectations that a stimulus package will be passed in the coming months and additional packages will be easier to pass. The Trump administration offered proposals closer to the most recent Democratic offer. Even if no deal is reached prior to the election, polls suggest the Democratic Party may control the presidency and both houses of Congress. One-party control makes it significantly easier to pass legislation.

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  • Market Commentary: Markets Face Uncertainty as Economy Recovers, Tension Grows in Washington

    Posted on October 5, 2020

    Politics created the biggest market headlines last week. Investors wrestled with the tone of the presidential debate and how it contributes to political uncertainty. Stimulus negotiations between the House and the Trump administration narrowed the gap between the two parties, but they were unable to produce a deal. The president contracting COVID-19 contributed to the sense of uncertainty.

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  • How Financial Scams Work, and How to Keep Yourself Safe No Matter Your Level of Wealth

    Posted on October 1, 2020

    In the late 1920s, an enterprising Bostonian started selling subdivisions in the sunny ‘burbs of Florida. Promising orange trees in the backyard and rolling waves out the front door, he sold plots – sometimes 23 an acre! – near bustling towns like Nettie. Unfortunately, the entrepreneur’s name was Charles Ponzi, and Nettie, like his other locales, was a work of lucrative fiction.

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