Market Spotlight

Economic trends in China give plenty of reasons to appreciate the intensity of trade negotiations with the worlds 2nd largest economy. Watching as President Trump raises the stakes, this long-running trade war should not be misunderstood as his personal agenda, as many people do. The rhetoric from politicians leaves nothing…

Home values affect much in the economy – especially the housing and consumer sectors. Periods of rising home values encourage new construction while periods of soft home prices can damp housing starts. Changes in home values play key roles in consumer spending and in consumer financial health. During the first…

The recent passage of tax reform has raised the expected level of S&P 500 earnings.  Looking forward, Price/Earnings ratios have declined on a forward or normalized earnings basis, thereby raising the upside potential of the S&P 500.  In simple terms, tax reform should benefit markets and provide opportunity for growth. …

Home Prices Healthy The S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index for October 2017 showed home prices moving higher by an impressive 6.2% year-over-year. That’s the highest rate of growth since June 2014. Price hikes should moderate and settle in the 5.0%-5.5% growth range. This forecast is based on several leading industry…

The S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index for January 2016 showed that prices gained 5.4% year-over-year for the month, the 43rd consecutive month of year-over-year growth since prices turned up in June 2012. The January growth rate was in line with the December rate and slightly higher than the average rate…

S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, arguably the leading measure of U.S. home prices released data today for June 2015. The results show that home prices have continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. Comprised of nine U.S. census divisions, the latest numbers show a slightly higher year-over-year…

Housing The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index of 20 major U.S. markets is one of the most respected and closely watched barometers of the housing market.  Recent data showed average home prices rising 4.9% year-over-year in April, the 32nd consecutive month of year-over-year growth since June 2012. The April rate was…

Divorce among people 50 years and older has become so commonplace, the pundits have even coined a phrase for it, “Grey Divorce”. Historically, people and especially older people disdained divorce.  In 1960, for example, only about 1.5% of those older than 65 years had been divorced at least once, according…

Whether amicable or contentious, going through a divorce can be extremely tense, and the process can impact every dimension of your life. Often, finances, especially in times of emotional turmoil, are not a main concern.  A lot of opportunities are missed and a lot of mistakes are made.  If you…