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Week Ahead Magazine: A Central Bank Throws In The Towel

Posted by David Templeton on Monday, January 19, 2015 in Wealth Management | Comments (0)
Investors paying attention to the market last week witnessed something they may not see for the balance of their lives. The Swiss National Bank's surprise announcement that it would no longer try to maintain the Swiss Franc's currency peg resulted in the Franc/Euro exchange rate falling nearly 30% in a single day. In actuality, the collapse occurred within seconds of the announcement. This type of currency move speaks volumes about the unintended consequences of the quantitative easing programs ...  Read more...

How to Create Your Target Budget

Posted by Anna Pfaehler on Monday, January 19, 2015 in Financial Planning | Comments (0)
As we discussed last week, your budget should categorize expenses as necessary, debt reduction/saving and lifestyle choices.    This week we’ll give some rules-of-thumb about how much you should spend in each category. Your personal situation is unique and may not fit exactly with these guidelines; however, they provide a place to start.   Your “necessary” expenses, as the name suggests, are ones that are difficult to do without and the fat here may be tough to trim. We typica...  Read more...

Hyman & Kim: U.S. Pulling Global Economies

Posted by David Templeton on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in Wealth Management | Comments (0)
One comment mentioned of late is the U.S. economy may be decoupling from the rest of the world economies. In Part 2 of Ed Hyman's and John Kim's interview (Part I of Interview) with Consuelo Mack on Wealthtrack, both Hyman and Kim believe it is not possible for the U.S. economy to decouple from the rest of the world at this point in time. The globalization of trade and manufacturing has created an interconnectedness that will be difficult to break. Both Hyman and Kim believe, however, that the e...  Read more...

Shale Oil And Gas Production Projected To Increase In February

Posted by David Templeton on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Wealth Management | Comments (0)
The battle between OPEC and shale fracking producers has pushed the price of oil down to levels unthinkable just a year ago. Both parties seem unwilling to reduce production to levels that would stem the decline in oil prices. This lower price level is certainly placing financial stress on a number of drillers and leveraged fracking companies as noted in the article, Money Dries Up for Oil and Gas, Layoffs Spread, Write-Offs Start.From The Blog of HORAN Capital AdvisorsIn spite of the apparent d...  Read more...

Ed Hyman: Bull Market In Early Stage

Posted by David Templeton on Sunday, January 11, 2015 in Wealth Management | Comments (0)
Ed Hyman, Chairman of Evercore ISI, has been ranked the #1 economist by Institutional Investor for an unprecedented 35 consecutive years. In a recent interview he participated in with Conseulo Mack of WealthTrack, Ed Hyman provides his outlook for the economy and markets in 2015. In one portion of the interview below, he believes the economy and equity markets are in their early stages of recovery. One fact he noted is many of the cyclical components of the economy are where they would be at the...  Read more...
The chase for yield in 2014 did not lead to the dividend payers in the S&P 500 Index to outperform the non-payers. As the below table shows, the average return of the payers, 14.99%, fell just short of the average return of the non-payers that generated a return of 15.44%. The average return for both categories though did beat the cap weighted return of the overall S&P 500 Index.From The Blog of HORAN Capital AdvisorsSource: S&P Dow Jones IndicesJim Paulsen, Ph.D., Chief Investment Strategist at...  Read more...

Happy New Year!

Posted by Anna Pfaehler on Friday, January 09, 2015 in Financial Planning | Comments (0)
If you’re a resolution maker like me, the beginning of January is a time of promise and motivation. Now is the time to start tackling your goals. Just north of 30% of Americans will make financial resolutions for 2015, according to Fidelity. If your resolution is money-related, you’ve come to the right place. Each month I will address a new topic to help you on your way to healthier finances. Let’s start at the beginning – budgeting. Budgeting really has two parts. First, it involves trackin...  Read more...

Week Ahead Magazine: A Week Of Outlooks For 2015

Posted by David Templeton on Sunday, January 04, 2015 in Wealth Management | Comments (0)
Much of the focus in this week's magazine are links to various commentaries on the market and economic outlook for 2015. As one considers investment changes, the following quote might be appropriate in guiding potential changes.“The riskiest moment is when you’re right. That’s when you’re in the most trouble, because you tend to overstay the good decisions. So, in many ways, it’s better not to be so right. That’s what diversification is for. It’s an explicit recognition of ignorance. And I view ...  Read more...
At the end of 2013 most if not all strategists expected interest rates to rise with the anticipated end of quantitative easing. However, the market proved the consensus point of view wrong. As the below chart shows, the high rate on the 10-year treasury occurred at the beginning of 2014 at just over a 3% yield. Throughout the year the interest rate trend was lower culminating in a spike lower to 1.87% in mid October.From The Blog of HORAN Capital AdvisorsThe consensus view for interest rates in ...  Read more...

Better Investing Members Buy A Few Underperforming Stocks

Posted by David Templeton on Saturday, January 03, 2015 in Wealth Management | Comments (0)
Around this same time last year I provided an update of the stocks most favored by members of the Better Investing community. The list is an informal sampling self reported by members as of January 3, 2015. Several of the active "buy" stocks on the list a year ago now fall into the active "sell" category like 3D Systems (DDD) and Qualcomm (QCOM). The frequently updated list can be accessed at this link.From The Blog of HORAN Capital AdvisorsFull View  Read more...
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