This is the second in a multi-part series where we examine pundits' opinions and predictions on the latest topics.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index (HMI) is a gauge of builder opinion on the relative level of current and future single-family home sales. It is a diffusion index, which means that a reading above 50 indicates a favorable outlook on home sales; below 50 indicates a negative outlook. The latest reading of 69 is down from last month's number. Investing.com had a forecast of 71.
The Census Bureau's Advance Retail Sales Report for March was released this morning. Headline sales came in at 0.6% month-over-month to one decimal. Today's headline number was above the Investing.com consensus of 0.4%. Core sales (ex Autos) came in at 0.2% MoM. January and February figures were revised.
This morning we got the latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The diffusion index for General Business Conditions at 15.80 was a decrease of 6.7 from the previous month's 22.5. The Investing.com forecast was for a reading of 22.50.
This is the third of a five-part series presenting 50 dividend growth stocks that I have screened for current fair value. With this article I will be covering 10 additional dividend growth research candidates with moderate to higher yields in addition to the initial 20 that I presented...
The acceleration in U.S. core Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation in March was in line with expectations, and likely a welcome development for Federal Reserve officials after a surprising string of soft inflation prints last year.
Equities experienced heightened volatility during the first quarter of 2018, with the S&P 500 Index surging 7.55% from Dec. 31 2017, through Jan. 26, 2018, before dropping nearly 8% through quarter-end.
To address questions about the benefits of international investing and diversification, we don’t have to look too far back in time.
QE is slowly dying out and it will hopefully be remembered as a historical curiosity. In the meantime, you and your clients should take comfort in the combination of the market’s efficiency and the Federal Reserve’s deliberate approach.
Some investors may be concerned that growth in inflation may accompany U.S. economic growth. Whether you believe that inflation is a potential future threat to your client’s portfolios, and what approaches you recommend, will depend on many variables.
Some advisors make use of scenario planning, a strategic tool to make flexible long-term plans, to examine various possibilities and potential action steps. A new white paper examines three ETF strategies – Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, natural resources, and infrastructure investments – that seek to hedge inflation, as well as the investor objectives typically aligned with each strategy.