Quality: The Real McCoy
While equity styles go in and out of favor, quality companies continue to serve clients as a core holding, resilient to economic headwinds and market drawdowns. For long-term investors searching for a durable equity solution, we believe quality is “the real McCoy"
S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index: Continues to Trend Upward in September
Home prices continued to trend upwards in September as the benchmark 20-city index rose for a eighth consecutive month. The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index revealed seasonally adjusted home prices for the 20-city index saw a 0.7% increase month-over-month (MoM) and a 3.9% increase year-over-year (YoY). After adjusting for inflation, the MoM was reduced to 0.1% and the YoY was reduced to -2.9%.
World Markets Watchlist: November 27, 2023
Five of the eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through November 27, 2023. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 finished in the top spot with a YTD gain of 28.18%. The U.S.'s S&P 500 finished in second with a YTD gain of 18.99% while France's CAC 40 finished in third with a YTD gain of 9.69%.
The Missing Piece to Advisors’ End-Of-Year Planning Strategies
I'll share the impact healthcare costs have on financial plans, the critical healthcare information to include (such as medical tax deductions and IRMAA), how to budget for costs in a world of variables, and tangible strategies to implement during open enrollment and beyond to ensure clients are on the optimal coverage.
Annuities Are Back in Fashion, But Are They Safe?
Every time interest rates go up there is a flurry of demand for a product that has been around at least since the Roman Empire — annuities. The insurance industry has already seen rapid growth in annuity sales since 2021 and if rates remain at or move above current levels, demand seems poised to explode.
The 4 A’s of Preparing for Capital Gains Season
Taxes can have a significant and ongoing impact on an investment portfolio. Advisors can help their clients minimize that impact with a tax-smart approach. Advisors can prepare for capital gains season now, and potentially maximize their clients’ after-tax returns.
Existing Home Sales Fall Further, Still at Lowest Level Since 2010
Existing home sales fell further, remaining at their lowest level since 2010, as lack of inventory and high mortgage rates continued to impact sales. According to the data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales fell 4.1% from September to reach a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.79 million units. This figure came in lower than the expected 3.90 million. Existing home sales are down 14.6% compared to one year ago.
Global X SuperDividend ETF (SDIV)
On this episode of the “ETF of the Week” podcast, Tom Lydon discussed the Global X SuperDividend ETF (SDIV) with Chuck Jaffe of “Money Life.” The pair talked about several topics regarding the fund to give investors a deeper understanding of the ETF overall.