It was a difficult week for investors. Stock markets continued to decline, and bonds also dropped slightly. The S&P 500 fell 5.2%. Global stocks fell slightly lower, with the MSCI ACWI falling 5.7%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index continued its decline, dropping 0.1%. The S&P 500 had reached correction levels by falling more than 10% from its high prior to Friday’s rally.
Global stock market performance last week reminded us risk is an inherent part of investing. The S&P 500 dropped 3.9%. Global stocks dropped slightly less, as the MSCI ACWI fell 3.4%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index continued its decline by dropping 0.9%.
One of the most important decisions to be made when designing your estate plan is who to name in the various fiduciary roles – trustee, personal representative, executor and agent. While a critical decision, it is often given significantly less thought than the design and distribution of your assets. Even a meticulously designed estate plan drafted by an accomplished estate planning attorney will fail to achieve its purpose if the Trustee selected fails to administer the trust properly. Read more
Global stock markets kept charging higher last week. The S&P 500 soared 2.2% and is now up 7.5% for the year. Global stocks climbed as the MSCI ACWI rose 2.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid a negligible amount last week and is down 0.9% for the year. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced GDP rose 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Read more
Published by Mark Petersen
Divorce is one of the most emotional experiences people may contend with in their lives. With the exception of Ross Geller on Friends, most people may only experience divorce once or twice in their lifetime. With limited exposure to the process, it may be easy to get caught up in the moment and fall victim to one or more of the seven sins of divorce. Read more
Global stock markets kept climbing last week. The S&P 500 rose 0.9% and is now up 5.1% this year. Global stocks climbed even more as the MSCI ACWI rose 1.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid 0.4% last week and is down 0.9% this year. Concerns over higher rates pushed bonds lower. As of this writing, the U.S. Senate was unable to muster enough Democratic votes to avoid a government shutdown. Whether or not it is resolved by publication, we are not overly concerned. Past government shutdowns have had little effect on the stock market, and we do not expect this one to be different. Read more
Global stock markets continued their blazing 2018 pace. The S&P 500 climbed another 1.6% and is now up 4.2% for the year. Global stocks participated in the rally as the MSCI ACWI rose 1.2%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid 0.2% last week and is down 0.5% for the year. The risk-on approach by investors and greater optimism about the economy have pushed rates higher. Read more
If you’re like many Americans, the recently passed tax reform and the continuation of the current bull market may have given you the confidence to dig a little deeper into your pockets for holiday spending. Newly released sales data showed retailer’s holiday sales increased 4.9% when compared to last year; the best holiday sales season since 2011. While that may be good news for the retail sector that has seen several recent store closures, it’s probably not great news for the average consumer. Read more