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Weekly Market Commentary – 11/12/2018

By Admin | November 13, 2018

For the Week of November 12, 2018 The Markets The three major indexes fell Friday as oil prices dropped 1.0 percent amid a rising global supply and the Federal Reserve appeared on track to raise interest rates next month. Reports from China indicating falling domestic demand and manufacturing activity increased downward pressure. For the week,…

Weekly Market Commentary – 11/5/2018

By Admin | November 5, 2018

For the Week of November 5, 2018 The Markets Following three mid-week stock market rallies, stocks fell Friday. Trade concerns weighed on stocks after a White House official suggested no deal with China was at hand. On a positive note, the Labor Department’s October jobs report was well above expectations. For the week, the Dow…

Weekly Market Commentary – 2018-10-29

By Admin | October 29, 2018

For the Week of October 29, 2018 The Markets U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday. Amid disappointing corporate results, continued concerns over trade tariffs and rising wages and borrowing costs, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones turned red for the year. For the week, the Dow fell 2.97 percent to close at 24,688.31. The S&P…

What Legacy Will You Leave?

By Marcus F. Johnson, CFPⓇ | August 14, 2018

Nearly sixty years ago, John Taylor (my grandfather), trimmed some large branches off a friend’s mature willow tree.  He placed the cut ends of the branches into a barrel, kept it filled with water, and watched patiently as roots began to sprout over the next several months. John was fresh out of law school, married…

What to do when kids and grandkids ask you for money

By Marcus F. Johnson, CFPⓇ | May 9, 2018

“No” is a short and powerful word.  It’s easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and one of the first words a toddler learns to say.  But for parents and grandparents, “no” can be one of the most difficult words to utter—especially to adult children or grandchildren who want your help to solve their financial problems.…

Not a Time to Panic

By Marcus F. Johnson, CFPⓇ | February 6, 2018

It appears the stock market is experiencing a long-anticipated correction. In last month’s newsletter we noted, “…we can’t help but search the horizon for a cloud or two.  We know a correction would be healthy for the overall market.” What is a correction? Corrections are price declines of 10% or more that stop an upward…

JFA Market Update 2018-Q1

By Marcus F. Johnson, CFPⓇ | January 18, 2018

We are glad 2017 is in the history books.  It’s been a very intense year with Washington turmoil, nuclear threats, and massive natural disasters.  But the good news is that the stock market paid little attention to tweets, polls or weather forecasts.  It not only gave us a stellar performance in 2017, but the final…

Smart Things to Do With a Year-End Bonus

By Marcus F. Johnson, CFPⓇ | January 16, 2018

Last month, CNBC reported 63 percent of firms planned to give employees bonuses for 2017. If you work for one of those companies, it is wise to come up with a thoughtful plan for the extra cash. If you need more time to consider your options, deposit the money in a savings account. It will…

Weekly Market Commentary – 01/15/2018

By Marcus F. Johnson, CFPⓇ | January 16, 2018

The Markets The three major indexes posted record gains Friday. Following the Monday holiday, the three benchmarks enjoyed their strongest first four trading days of a year for more than a decade. For the week, the Dow rose 2.37 percent to close at 25,295.87. The S&P gained 2.63 percent to finish at 2,743.15, and the…

Weekly Market Commentary – 01/08/2018

By Marcus F. Johnson, CFPⓇ | January 8, 2018

The Markets The three major indexes posted record gains Friday. Following the Monday holiday, the three benchmarks enjoyed their strongest first four trading days of a year for more than a decade. For the week, the Dow rose 2.37 percent to close at 25,295.87. The S&P gained 2.63 percent to finish at 2,743.15, and the…

Weekly Market Commentary – 11/12/2018

Weekly Market Commentary – 11/12/2018

For the Week of November 12, 2018 The Markets The three major indexes fell Friday as oil prices dropped 1.0 ... Read More
Weekly Market Commentary - 11/5/2018

Weekly Market Commentary – 11/5/2018

For the Week of November 5, 2018 The Markets Following three mid-week stock market rallies, stocks fell Friday. Trade concerns ... Read More
Weekly Market Commentary - 2018-10-29

Weekly Market Commentary – 2018-10-29

For the Week of October 29, 2018 The Markets U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday. Amid disappointing corporate results, continued concerns ... Read More
What Legacy Will You Leave?

What Legacy Will You Leave?

Nearly sixty years ago, John Taylor (my grandfather), trimmed some large branches off a friend’s mature willow tree.  He placed ... Read More
What to do when kids and grandkids ask you for money

What to do when kids and grandkids ask you for money

“No” is a short and powerful word.  It’s easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and one of the first words ... Read More
Not a Time to Panic

Not a Time to Panic

It appears the stock market is experiencing a long-anticipated correction. In last month’s newsletter we noted, “…we can’t help but ... Read More
JFA Market Update 2018-Q1

JFA Market Update 2018-Q1

We are glad 2017 is in the history books.  It’s been a very intense year with Washington turmoil, nuclear threats, ... Read More
Smart Things to Do With a Year-End Bonus

Smart Things to Do With a Year-End Bonus

Last month, CNBC reported 63 percent of firms planned to give employees bonuses for 2017. If you work for one ... Read More
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