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Oil Costs Less Than Zero! What?

A crazy headline for crazy times. U.S. oil futures went negative for the first time Monday, a chaotic demonstration of the dwindling capacity to store all the crude oil that the world’s injured economy would otherwise be using. But, with commodities futures contracts, it’s not that simple. Continue reading

April 17, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

It was a remarkable week of trading in the stock market, which is becoming almost cliche to say. Every week since February 19 has been remarkable, but this one ranks at, or near, the top of remarkable weeks. Continue reading

1st Quarter 2020 Newsletter

Enclosed is our 1st Quarter 2020 Newsletter with timely articles on the markets, investing, and financial planning. We hope you find it helpful. Continue reading

Don’t Let a Recession Faze You

With activity in many industries sharply curtailed in an effort to reduce the chances of spreading the coronavirus, some economists say a recession is inevitable, if one hasn’t already begun. From a markets perspective, we have already experienced a drop in stocks, as prices have likely incorporated the growing chance of recession. Continue reading

April 9, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

A monster week for stocks! The market rallied during the past week as investor sentiment continued improving while the Federal Reserve announced more aggressive action. The S&P 500 gained 12.1% while the Russell 2000 (+18.5%) outperformed. Continue reading

Interpreting Last Week’s Jobs Report

Last week’s jobs report confirmed what investors and economists already knew: work stoppages around the country due to the coronavirus have led to layoffs, furloughed workers, and a rising unemployment rate. Continue reading

April 3, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

The stock market had its good days this week and its bad days. Unfortunately, the losses on the bad days outweighed the gains on the good days, so it was a losing week overall for the major indices. Continue reading

Anatomy of the $2 Trillion COVID-19 Bill

The unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic has prioritized keeping people apart to slow the spread of the virus. While measures such as business closures and travel restrictions are effective at fighting a pandemic, they also have a dramatic impact on the economy. Continue reading

Coronavirus Stimulus Package Overview

On Friday, March 27th, the President signed into law a $2.2 trillion-dollar stimulus plan known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. It is the largest stimulus package of its kind and is intended to help combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. Continue reading

Economic Expectations

As confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate in the U.S. and around the world, work stoppages have also increased. The resulting strain on the economy from layoffs, furloughed workers, reduced productivity, and consumer spending is beginning to appear in the data. Continue reading