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Economic Reports Primer: Industrial Production & Capacity

Economic Reports Primer: Industrial Production & Capacity

If you’re looking for an indicator to measure the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector, look no further. Each month the Federal Reserve compiles and releases data that measures the output of the U.S. manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utility sectors. Economists at the Fed crunch the numbers and compile the data to report: Industrial production (how ...

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Technology Keeps Advancing, How Can Investors Join In?
August 16, 2016

Technology Keeps Advancing, How Can Investors Join In?

The technology industry is frequently evolving. Let’s look into five relatively new segments that have piqued investor interest.

Three Monthly Economic Reports That You Should Be Checking
August 16, 2016

Three Monthly Economic Reports That You Should Be Checking

Oftentimes economic reports can move markets. Here are three major ones and why they matter.

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Cohabitating and Your Investments: Lay the Groundwork First
August 16, 2016

Cohabitating and Your Investments: Lay the Groundwork First

Should you invest or share finances with your significant other before getting married? Here's what to consider.

Earnings Report: What Metrics Should You Be Checking?
August 16, 2016

Earnings Report: What Metrics Should You Be Checking?

Feeling flustered as earnings data hit the screen day after day? Though the numbers can appear overwhelming, there are simple ways to interpret them.

Can You Protect Your Portfolio from Seasonal Trends?
August 16, 2016

Can You Protect Your Portfolio from Seasonal Trends?

Many investors have heard of the “Santa Claus Rally” and “Sell in May and Go Away.” And there seems to be some evidence behind these seasonal patterns.

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Is The Consumer Out To Lunch? Or Just Shopping Online?
August 16, 2016

Is The Consumer Out To Lunch? Or Just Shopping Online?

Retail sales disappointed in July. Blame it on the hot weather. Maybe everyone just wanted to stay at home in the air conditioning. Whatever the case was in July...

Economic Reports Primer: Personal Income and Spending
August 16, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: Personal Income and Spending

Why does the Fed watch personal income and spending? Well, consumer spending drives roughly 70% of total U.S. gross domestic product each year. So it ...

Move Over S&P 500: Silver Is Performing Well This Year
August 9, 2016

Move Over S&P 500: Silver Is Performing Well This Year

"The trend is your friend” goes an old market adage and in commodity markets this year, the precious metals have been a very good friend. Since the start of 2016...

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Investor Movement Index (IMX) for July 2016
August 8, 2016

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for July 2016

For the first time in months, retail traders stepped back slightly from the stock market in July, apparently taking profits on some of the most high-flying stocks.

Economic Reports Primer: Consumer Confidence, Sentiment
August 8, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: Consumer Confidence, Sentiment

Ring. Ring. Did you let that unknown caller go to voicemail? You may have just missed the folks at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan! ...

Consumer Spending is Strong but Can it Show in Retail Results?
August 5, 2016

Consumer Spending is Strong but Can it Show in Retail Results?

All hail the consumer who accounts for 2/3 of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) by spending on apparel, food and beverage, home improvement, and...

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What You Need to Know about Money Market Reform
August 5, 2016

What You Need to Know about Money Market Reform

Starting in October of 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission is implementing amendments to the rules that govern money market mutual funds.

Crude Oil Tumbles, Stock Traders Shrug it Off So Far
August 2, 2016

Crude Oil Tumbles, Stock Traders Shrug it Off So Far

While the S&P 500 pushes to new all-time highs, the crude oil market is sagging under the weight of a continuing global supply glut. For now, stock...

Economic Reports Primer: New and Existing Home Sales
August 1, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: New and Existing Home Sales

Your home is your castle, or so they say. But in the wake of the financial crisis, home ownership in the U.S. has been declining since 2008. The current home ...

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Taking the Long View with Your Investments: DCA and DRIP
July 26, 2016

Taking the Long View with Your Investments: DCA and DRIP

Long-term investors typically don’t try to time the market because it’s risky and can be expensive. Attempting to time the market can mean missing ...

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