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Our National Debt and Gross Domestic Product

Our National Debt and Gross Domestic Product

Should you worry that debt relative to GDP is rising fast here and globally? 

You hear a lot of worrying about mounting  government debt because many people are convinced that public debt is a main source of  problems for any economy. And currently the debt ceiling limit – the legislative limit on the amount of  national debt that can be incurred by the U.S. Treasury, essentially limiting how much money the  federal government can borrow, is suspended through the end of July. 

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Small Business Optimism Drops Amidst Opposition to $15 Minimum Wage Hike

Small Business Optimism Drops Amidst Opposition to $15 Minimum Wage Hike

The National Federation of Independent Business was  founded in 1943 and is the largest small business  association in the U.S. The NFIB collects data from small  and independent businesses and publishes their Small  Business Economic Trends data on the second Tuesday of each month. The Index is a composite of 10  components based on expectations for: employment,  capital outlays, inventories, the economy, sales, inventory,  job openings, credit, growth and earnings. 

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New IRS Tax Rates and Deductions for 2021

New IRS Tax Rates and Deductions for 2021

Although a year away, your 2021 tax planning should have already started.

Amidst all the pandemic news and 2020 election drama, many might have missed that the IRS also quietly published new 2021 tax rates in late October and a there are plenty of changes that will impact taxpayers in 2021. While it’s more than a year away (these changes are for 2021 returns filed by taxpayers in 2022), there are a few changes that you should know about. 

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Small Business Optimism Declines While Finding Qualified Employees Remains a Problem

Small Business Optimism Declines While Finding Qualified Employees Remains a Problem

 

Small Businesses Optimism

The National Federation of Independent Business was founded in 1943 and is the largest small business association in the U.S. The NFIB collects data from small and independent businesses and publishes their Small Business Economic Trends data on the second Tuesday of each month. The Index is a composite of 10 components based on expectations for: employment, capital outlays, inventories, the economy, sales, inventory, job openings, credit, growth and earnings.

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Capital Gains for the 2020 Season Could be Huge

Capital Gains for the 2020 Season Could be Huge

This year looks to be a record year for capital gain distributions.

When an investor sells a stock for more than the purchase price, the investor experiences a capital gain (it is simpler to call it a profit, but let’s stick to some technical terms for a minute). For example, if you bought Amazon at $2,000 back in July of 2019 and sold it for $3,000 in November of 2020, the capital gain would be $1,000.

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Beware of the High Fees in 401 (k) Plans

Beware of the High Fees in 401 (k) Plans

High annual 401(k) fees hurt your investment returns every single year

Remember when 401(k) sounded like something only a chemist knew about? Now we all receive 401(k) statements routinely – including information about fees. Here’s what to do if the fees rise.

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Has COVID-19 Forced You to Consider Delaying Your Retirement?

Has COVID-19 Forced You to Consider Delaying Your Retirement?

Recent surveys have indicated that many of us are rethinking our retirement plans because of COVID-19. In fact, one survey from the nonprofit group Life Happens suggests that a whopping 43% of Americans say they plan to postpone and continue working past their retirement date because of COVID.

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Stock Market Flirting Again With Record Highs

Stock Market Flirting Again With Record Highs

Did you miss the second fastest bear-market recovery of the past 50 years?

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U.S. Retail: the Epitome of American Resilience

U.S. Retail: the Epitome of American Resilience

Yes, COVID-19 has reshaped consumer habits and the retail industry, but...

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Retail Sales Drive Stock Markets Higher as the Fed Promises to Buy More Corporate Bonds and Oil Jumps 10%

Retail Sales Drive Stock Markets Higher as the Fed Promises to Buy More Corporate Bonds and Oil Jumps 10% For the week ending June 19th, 2020.
  • The U.S. stock markets did not erase last week’s losses, but did turn in some very healthy positive numbers for investors

  • NASDAQ led the way with a gain of 3.7%, followed by the smaller-cap Russell 2000’s gain of 2.2%, the 1.9% return for the S&P 500 and the 1.0% move for the DJIA

  • Most of the 11 S&P 500 sectors ended the week in positive territory, as only 3 were negative with the Utilities sector losing 2.4% and the Energy and Real Estate sectors each losing less than 1%

  • Health Care led the other 8 sectors with a 3.1% return on the week, followed by Information Technology (up 2.8%) and Consumer Staples (up 2.4%)

  • The markets started the week lower, but on Tuesday the Commerce Department delivered a jolt of great news when it was announced that Retail Sales leapt 17.7% in May, far exceeding expectations

  • Initial jobless claims for the week remained uncomfortably high at 1.5 million

  • WTI crude futures jumped 10% on the week and ended just shy of $40/barrel

  • The 2-year Treasury yield increased to 0.19% and the 10-year yield ended the week where it started

  • The U.S. Dollar Index gained 0.4%
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