August Viewpoints

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  Economic and Investment News Bits So goes Jan, Feb, Mar, April, May, June and July: Only the 4th calendar year in history (since 1926) that the first seven months of the year were all positive for the S&P 500 Index. (Source: BlackRock) The worst performing month for the S&P 500 has been August, suffering… Read more »






July Viewpoints

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  Economic and Investment News Bits The average credit score has reached an all-time high of 700. There are now more U.S. consumers rated “super-prime” (800+ credit score) than there are rated “subprime” (<600 credit score). You can obtain your free credit report and score at:  freecreditscore.com.  (Source:  FICO) 44% of adults could not pay… Read more »






June Viewpoints

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  Economic and Investment News Bits The S&P 500 has had 24 record high closes YTD 2017 through Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Less than halfway through the year, it has already surpassed the total number of record closes from 2016. (Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices) One in five Americans never have a serious discussion about… Read more »






May Viewpoints

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  Economic and Investment News Bits One million more people will travel this Memorial Day weekend than last year (an increase of 2.7%). (Source: AAA) Unemployment decreased slightly to 4.4%, tying the lowest level from the last economic expansion. In the last 40 years, the only time unemployment has been lower was during the longest… Read more »






April Viewpoints

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Economic and Investment News Bits Americans will spend more than six billion hours preparing their taxes this year along with $10 billion to tax preparation firms and $2 billion on tax preparation software. In many developed democracies, the government provides “pre-filled returns” (while also having an appeals process), avoiding much of the time, money, and… Read more »