WEEKLY UPDATE – August 29, 2016 We are going to discuss LIBOR Surge May Rule Out September Fed Rate Hike in this article. After rallying for weeks, the major indexes fell last week ahead of key remarks by Federal Reserve officials and turbulence in money markets. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.68%, the Dow fell 0.85%, the NASDAQ dropped 0.37%, while the MSCI EAFE gained 0.16%. Even as the Fed has kept interest rates flat, an unexpected surge in short-term interest rates triggered by an industry rule change is potentially doing some of the Fed’s work for it. If you ever tune in to the financial news, you may have heard the term LIBOR (pronounced LIE-bor) mentioned in reference to money markets (what we call the trade of short-term loans between banks and other financial institutions). LIBOR Surge May Rule Out September Fed Rate Hike LIBOR, the London Interbank Offered Rate, is a benchmark used for a vast range of debt, including mortgages and corporate loans. Recently, the three-month LIBOR (the rate charged for lending dollars for three months) has reached multi-year highs (rising more than 30% since this June), tightening credit conditions without any action by the […]
Stocks Close Mixed on GDP Disappointment WEEKLY UPDATE – August 1, 2016 Stocks broke their four-week winning streak, closing mixed after the release of a surprisingly low estimate of second-quarter economic growth. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.07%, the Dow fell 0.75%, the NASDAQ grew 1.22%, and the MSCI EAFE added 2.36%. The preliminary estimate of Q2 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth showed that the economy grew a paltry 1.2% last quarter versus the 2.6% growth expected. Investors were understandably disappointed as they had hoped for a resurgence after a slow first quarter. Professional economists were also surprised. The New York Fed had forecasted GDP growth of 2.1% and the Atlanta Fed had predicted 2.3% growth. Why the surprise? Digging deeper into the data, we find that the disappointment came from an unexpected fall in business inventories. On the positive side, the drop may boost future economic growth as businesses rebuild their stockpiles. Consumer spending was strong, growing 4.2% over the previous 12 months, and accounting for nearly all the GDP growth we saw. So, though the headline number was a letdown, the underlying trends in consumer spending, labor market growth, and higher savings rates could set up a banner […]
Selling Your Home? “Selling Your Home”, If you’re putting your home on the market, you may be able to avoid paying taxes on some of your capital gains. Here’s what IRS regulations say: If you show a capital gain on the sale, you may be able to exclude it from your taxes if you have owned and used it as your main home for at least two out of the last five years. You can exclude up to $250,000 (or $500,000 for joint filers), and the Net Investment Income tax will not apply to the excluded gain. You can exclude a gain from the sale of your main home only once every two years. If you claimed the first-time homebuyer credit, special rules may apply to the sale. For more information about tax issues relating to real estate, consult a tax professional in your area or refer to IRS Publication 523, “Selling Your Home.” Tip courtesy of IRS.gov 13 https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc701.html https://www.irs.gov/publications/p523/ar02.html#en_US_2015_publink100011903 So above is the complete details you need to know about selling your home. Please share it with others and stay connected with us.