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Chart of the Week: Widespread Shortages

Chart of the Week: Widespread Shortages

  The latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business revealed that economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew again in February, its ninth consecutive month of growth.  Demand for manufactured goods has remained high since the reopening of the economy first...

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Indicator Insights: Momentum Reversals

Indicator Insights: Momentum Reversals

  Imagine you throw a ball into the air.  What happens?  The ball keeps rising for a while—due to its momentum—and then it tumbles back to earth as gravity takes over.  This is the basic concept of this week’s featured indicator: Momentum Reversals. Momentum is...

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Financial Focus – March 3rd, 2021

Financial Focus – March 3rd, 2021

Listen to this week’s Financial Focus as Nate Kreinbrink and James Nelson talk about the importance of addressing all aspects of personal finances when planning for retirement. Of particular interest is the discussion on areas that don’t get as much attention as they should: required minimum distributions and changes to Medicare premiums.

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Punitive Rates

Punitive Rates

OVERVIEW   The major U.S. stock indices fell for the second week in a row last week.  The S&P 500 dropped 2.45%, the Dow fell 1.78%, and Nasdaq got slapped with a 4.92% decline. Foreign stocks suffered declines as well.  Developed country stocks dropped...

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Chart of the Week: Too Much Flow?

Chart of the Week: Too Much Flow?

  Investors have been buying into stock funds at a frenzied rate lately.  As our chart of the week above shows, the 50-day average of daily inflows into U.S. stock funds has hovered above $2 billion a day for over two months now.  About a month ago, that number...

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Indicator Insights: Consumer Comfort

Indicator Insights: Consumer Comfort

  Confidence is key when it comes to investing.  However, like a skier who has leaned too far out over her skis, confidence can backfire when it becomes excessive.  When everyone is overly optimistic at the same time, trades become crowded, and returns tend to...

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Up, Up, and Away

Up, Up, and Away

We’ve seen a lot of prices going up recently: real estate, building materials, financial assets. James Nelson joins the 4 Your Money news team to let us know if we should be worried that inflation could get out of hand.

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Small Goes Big

Small Goes Big

OVERVIEW   The major U.S. stock indices were mixed last week, with the S&P 500 falling 0.71%, the Nasdaq declining 1.57%, and the Dow gaining 0.11%. Large-cap and growth stocks led the declines lower, falling about 1.13% and 1.7%, respectively.  Small-cap...

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