Weekly Market Insight: Further Gains for Stocks

Weekly Market Insight: Further Gains for Stocks The Week on Wall Street The market had a choppy five days, with traders reacting to geopolitical developments and weaker-than-expected jobs data. Even so, the three major U.S. equity indices posted weekly gains and continued their strong start to the new year. During Friday’s trading session, the Dow […]

Weekly Market Insight: Concerns About Oil

Weekly Market Insight: Concerns About Oil The Week on Wall Street Stocks descended from record highs Friday, as traders reacted to a U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top military officer. Oil prices rose more than 3% following the breaking news.[1] Wall Street benchmarks ended up having a sideways week, shortened by the New Year’s […]

Weekly Market Insight: The Year in Review

Weekly Market Insight: The Year in Review What Drove the Markets? Four factors influenced investment performance in 2019: a shift in U.S. monetary policy, the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, earnings, and the economy.   Stocks reached record highs in 2019. The S&P 500 climbed above 3,000 for the first time. The benchmark […]

[VIDEO] TSP Financial Hardship Withdrawals

[VIDEO] TSP Financial Hardship Withdrawals As you are probably aware, there are 2 ways to get money from your tsp while employed. One is an age based in-service withdrawal, where you have the ability to make a withdrawal once you have attained age 59 1/2…and the other is a financial hardship withdrawal. The focus of […]

[VIDEO] 2 Ways to Trim Your Spending in Retirement

[VIDEO] 2 Ways to Trim Your Spending in Retirement Saving money before and during retirement so their standard of living doesn’t suffer is important for many retirees. Unfortunately, many Americans aren’t saving nearly enough and are falling short of setting aside adequate funds to support their retirement needs. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the […]

Weekly Market Insight: Phase-One Trade Deal Reached

Weekly Market Insight: Phase-One Trade Deal Reached The Week on Wall Street The U.S. and China announced a limited trade agreement last week. That news lifted U.S. and foreign stocks, leading to weekly gains. Advancing 0.91% on the week, the Nasdaq Composite outperformed the S&P 500 (up 0.73%) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (up 0.43%). […]

Weekly Market Insight: Stocks Ride Out a Choppy Week

Weekly Market Insight: Stocks Ride Out a Choppy Week The Week on Wall Street Key Wall Street benchmarks were up and down last week – or rather down and then up. A Tuesday retreat was offset by a Friday rally spurred by the Department of Labor’s November jobs report.  While the S&P 500 managed to […]

Weekly Market Insight: November Concludes With Gains

Weekly Market Insight: November Concludes With Gains The Week on Wall Street As November wrapped up, U.S. equity benchmarks advanced. Stocks were again aided by a sense of optimism that a preliminary U.S.-China trade deal could be near. For the week, the Nasdaq Composite added 1.87%; the S&P 500, 1.21%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, […]

Weekly Market Insight: A New Dow Milestone

Weekly Market Insight: A New Dow Milestone The Week on Wall Street Stock benchmarks were little changed for much of last week, but a rally occurred Friday after news broke that the U.S. and China could be closing in on the first phase of a new trade pact.  At Friday’s close, the Dow Jones Industrial […]

Weekly Market Insight: Dow, S&P 500 Extend Win Streaks

Weekly Market Insight: Dow, S&P 500 Extend Win Streaks The Week on Wall Street Domestic and international stocks rose last week. Risk appetite outweighed concerns about the state of U.S.-China trade discussions.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500, and MSCI EAFE all ended the week with gains. Blue chips led the way, […]