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Market Minute - October 13, 2020

September employment data was released earlier this month showing that the economy continues to add jobs but at a slower pace.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nonfarm payroll employment increased by 661,000 last month with the unemployment rate coming in at 7.9%.  The headline number missed economists’ expectations of 800,000 but as we have seen throughout the pandemic, forecasting has been difficult with such large numbers moving in both directions.

Retirement Challenges

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By Bob Veres with Insider Information

Monthly Markets Memo - September 29, 2020

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The S&P 500 just had its best August since 1986.  Much of the return during the month was driven by continued hopes for a Covid-19 vaccine.  The Fed recently reiterated its intentions to keep rates low through 2023 as they believe the pandemic will continue to weigh heavily on economic activity.  Negotiations for additional stimulus remain stalled with neither side indicating a willingness to compromise. 

Market Minute - September 15, 2020

The Federal Reserve of Kansas City held its annual Economic Policy Symposium in late August with the theme of “Navigating the Decade Ahead: Implications for Monetary Policy”.  This event is typically held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming but like so many events this year, it was done virtually.  The Federal Reserve has been reviewing its monetary policy framework for over a year now and Chairman Powell discussed some changes during the event that I would like to highlight.

I'm Busy But Curious - Is It Worth the Time To Refinance?

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One side effect of the pandemic is that interest rates have continued to fall in 2020.  While this is not good news for your cash savings account, it can be welcome news when it comes to refinancing opportunities. 

Monthly Markets Memo - August 25, 2020

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The markets continued to slowly trend higher over the past month.  Hope of a vaccine by year-end along with better than expected earnings helped drive the market higher.  Stimulus talks stalled as both parties hold their ground for their respective proposals.  Republicans want to see businesses protected from frivolous Covid-related lawsuits, while Democrats are pushing for additional aid for local and state governments.

Market Minute - August 12, 2020

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

Planning for Your Future Health

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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

Monthly Markets Memo - July 28, 2020

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The market continues to trend higher as the economic recovery pushes forward, with the S&P 500 coming within one percent of where it started the year.  The international markets are well off their lows but have not rallied to the same degree as the U.S. markets. 

Market Minute - July 14, 2020

 by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

The first half of 2020 is now past us and the financial markets have already had quite the year. 

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