August 18, 2016

VIDEO: August Educational Stock Market Update ~ Why we don’t panic!

August Educational Stock Market Update ~ Why we don’t panic! Hey Guys, this is Justin Goodbread from Heritage Investors with an educational economic update for August 2016. In this month’s video, we’ll talk about some of the events that influenced markets in July, and give you some insight into what they could mean for you as an investor. Please stay tuned at the end for a required disclosure statement. Markets had a lot to think about in July. A British exit (BREXIT), interest rates, and earnings season all affected market movements last month. After dropping sharply at the end of June following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, markets regained steam and rallied for four straight weeks, pushing the S&P 500 and Dow to new records. We often talk about the importance of not overreacting to market declines. This is the reason why. We can’t predict how markets will perform after a shock, but the biggest market days often come shortly after a pullback. Calmly assessing the situation and avoiding emotional responses is a smart strategy for long-term investors. Ok, let’s talk about some of last month’s economic events. The Federal Reserve held another Open Market Committee meeting at […]
May 23, 2016

Fed Changes Tune On Interest Rates

WEEKLY UPDATE – MAY 23, 2016 “Fed Changes Tune On Interest Rates”, Stocks closed out a bumpy week mixed, ending a three-week stretch of losses for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The Dow, however, extended losses for a fourth straight week for the first time since 2014.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.28%, the Dow lost 0.20%, the NASDAQ gained 1.10%, and the MSCI EAFE added 0.16%.[2] Fed Changes Tune On Interest Rates Market reactions to the release of the April Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting minutes drove much of last week’s volatility. The official minutes showed that the Fed is moving away from its cautious stance and is open to raising interest rates as soon as June if data points to a solid second quarter.[3] The unexpected hawkishness surprised many investors who weren’t expecting a hike until later this year. However, some professional economists predicted a June hike. The most recent Wall Street Journal survey of economists showed that their experts were split, with 31.4% predicting a June increase, 21.4% favoring a July hike, and 31.4% forecasting a September increase.[4]  On the other hand, Wall Street largely discounted a June move. Early in the week, before the minutes […]
May 16, 2016

VIDEO: May 2016 Educational Economic Update

May 2016 Educational Economic Update Justin Goodbread, Knoxville Tennessee Wealth Manager & Financial Planner discusses current market conditions. Heritageinvestor Hello folks, this is Justin Goodbread, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ from Heritage Investors with our May 2016 educational economic update. In this video, we’ll talk about some of the economic events that influenced markets in the last month, and give you some insight into what they could mean for you as an investor. Please stay tuned at the end for a required disclosure statement. The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee met in late April and, unsurprisingly, decided to leave interest rates where they are. Though the Fed still expects to raise rates this year, central bankers clearly intend to move carefully. Though the Federal Reserve seems ready to raise interest rates as soon as economic growth picks up, the latest economic data doesn’t support their narrative. Before the meeting, many investors were expecting a June rate hike; however, the Fed’s cautious tone and the November election make it more likely that the next rate hike won’t come until December. Investors also got a look at fresh economic growth numbers. The advance estimate of first-quarter Gross Domestic Product showed that economic growth stumbled, […]
April 19, 2016

VIDEO: April 2016 Education Economic Update

April 2016 Education Economic Update March 2016 was interesting for us in the markets. Here is the script for our video. Heritageinvestor Planningisfun Hey Guys, this is Justin Goodbread with Heritage Investors bring you this April 2016 educational economic update. In this video, we’ll talk about some of the economic events that influenced markets in the last month, and give you some insight into what they could mean for you as an investor. Please stay tuned at the end for a required disclosure statement. After several rocky months for financial markets, March turned out several straight weeks of gains, giving investors hope for the Spring. Let’s talk about what happened. After months of strength, the U.S. dollar weakened against other currencies. A strong dollar makes domestic goods more expensive to foreign buyers, which has hurt corporate profits. A comparatively weaker dollar will help make U.S. products more competitive on the global market, which we hope will be reflected in international demand for our goods. Last month was also important for central bank policies. The European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, and Federal Reserve all held meetings to determine monetary policy. In recent years there has been a divide between the […]