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Market Minute - November 15, 2019

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

October’s employment data came in better than expected showing that the US economy continues to plow ahead.  The previous two months were also revised higher and the labor force participation rate increased.  All of this points to a growing economy and keeps recession risk low for the time being.  What do the numbers mean for the economy going forward?

Whats Troubling You About Your Finances?

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and started worrying about your finances?  Maybe you’re trying to figure out how to make ends meet, or perhaps you’re nearing an age where you’d like to retire but aren’t sure if you’re prepared to do so.  Or maybe you have kids a few years away from college and aren’t sure how to pay for it.  The list can seem endless and unsolvable at two in the morning.  The main cause of this worry stems from uncertainty.

Monthly Markets Memo - October 2019

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The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the second time in 2019 this past September.  The Fed reiterated its desire to extend and sustain the current expansion while citing the U.S. economic outlook as favorable.

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Market Minute - October 8, 2019

This month I am sharing an article from Bob Veres that discusses the current market conditions.  I hope you enjoy.

Vantage Financial welcomes guest contributions.  Please know the information, opinions and forecasts expressed in the article below are presented from unassociated parties and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Vantage Financial Partners Limited. ​

by Bob Veres with Insider Information

Fixing Social Security - Once and For All

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Vantage Financial welcomes guest contributions. Please know the information, opinions, and forecasts expressed in the article below are presented from unassociated parties and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Vantage Financial Partners Limited. This article is shared as general information only and should not be considered advice.

By Bob Veres with Insider Information

Investing in Value

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Our 30th Anniversary celebrations have been many and we are just getting started!  The celebration began with our Open House in July which included impressive balloon towers and garland, bubbly champagne, delicious cake and wonderful people!  We then added music, sunshine and treats to the mix at our concerts in the park. 

Monthly Markets Memo - September 2019

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

Our Market Minute this month notes the consumer remains in good shape and is currently being credited for keeping the economic expansion going, supported by low unemployment, low inflation, and rising wages.  Retail sales continue to do well, and there’s hope that a recent drop in mortgage rates spurs another round of home buying activity.  With consumer activity doing well, I wanted to take the opportunity to check in on the other side, the producers.  This is where the stories diverge.  Consumers have, for the most part, been able to dodge the effects of the trade war.  Producers have been less fortunate.

Market Minute - September 10, 2019

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

U.S. Consumer

The U.S. consumer has been the bright spot for the economy as trade uncertainty continues to weigh on the manufacturing sector.  The second revision for Q2 GDP released late August showed 2% annualized growth.  Consumer spending increased 4.7% in the second quarter and continues to offset weakness in other areas of the economy.  

Monthly Markets Memo - August 2019

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The sleepy days of summer have been anything but.  Last month the Fed cut interest rates by 0.25% in what they’re calling a ‘mid-cycle adjustment’.  In other words, the Fed is saying this is not the start of a prolonged easing cycle with multiple rate cuts.  The broader market seems to disagree as the futures market is pricing in one to three additional 0.25% cuts by the end of the year.  Ultimately, the Fed is attempting to extend the current bull market and protect the economy from slowing to the point of recession.  It is believed that rate cuts at this point in the cycle will do little to stimulate the economy as trade tensions and recession fears overpower the marginal benefits of lower rates. 

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