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Summertime Blues? Not so Fast - June 25, 2018

I have come across plenty of market indicators that attempt to predict the direction of stocks. There is the Super Bowl indicator, which hopes to predict the market’s annual outcome depending on which team wins. There is the January indicator, which also attempts to project market performance.

Maybe the indicators are just sort of a “lucky charm” for stocks. But that’s not very convincing either. Besides, you don’t need a lucky charm. A solid investment plan will suffice.

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Tapping on the Brakes - June 18, 2018

The Federal Reserve surprised practically no one when it raised the fed funds rate last week from 1.50 – 1.75% to a range of 1.75 – 2.0%. For savers, it’s good news. For borrowers, rates could creep up on adjustable mortgages, variable rate credit cards, and auto loans. Businesses are likely to see borrowing costs rise slightly, but the current range isn’t far from historic lows.

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Go Time for the Fed - June 13, 2018

But does it matter for long-term investors?

The Fed’s two-day meeting concludes Wednesday.

  • A 0.25 percentage-point rate hike in the fed funds rate to 1.75 – 2.0% is widely anticipated.

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House Hunting – Prepare to Do Battle - June 11, 2018

In many places, housing prices are rising. Of course, all real estate is local and how quickly prices are rising depends on the zip code and the price point. One closely watched index sums it up well, the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index.

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