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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Earnings reports from banks were mixed this week. Inflation data shows declining prices while retail sales fell more than expected. Read more.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

View this month's planning video as host Gene Bell discusses what’s new and important for taxpayers to be aware of as you prepare for filing season. Watch Video

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Stocks rallied last week thanks to fresh confirmation of inflation’s cooling trend and growing optimism that an inflation slowdown may provide the Fed with space to ease up on future rate hikes.The Dow Jones Industrial Average...

Monday, January 16, 2023

The S&P 500 index rose 2.7% as investors were encouraged by indications of declining inflation. Key economic data, including a large calendar of earnings, are due this week. Read more.

Friday, January 13, 2023

In the final days of 2022, Congress passed a new set of retirement rules designed to make it easier to contribute to retirement plans and access those funds earmarked for retirement.The law is called SECURE 2.0, and it's a follow-up to...

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Technology and communications stocks were notably higher as the Nasdaq composite index rallied nearly 2%. Markets are looking toward Thursday’s CPI inflation report. Read more.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Positive returns last week for stocks and bonds as markets respond to strong labor data and lower-than-expected wage growth. Consumer prices report due Thursday. Read more.

Monday, January 9, 2023

In an effort to consistently provide you with timely market updates, we thought you might enjoy the most recently published market commentary by our partners at Avantax.In this month’s market update video, Avantax Chief...

Friday, January 6, 2023

U.S. stocks are off to a slow start in the new year while international markets get a boost from encouraging inflation data. Important U.S. jobs report will be released Friday. Read more.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

The S&P 500 finished 2022 down 18.1%, its worst performance since 2008. The monthly employment report, the first key economic report of 2023, comes out Friday, Jan. 6.   Read more.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

The standard mileage rates for 2023 have been released by the IRS. They are:Business: 65.5 cents per mileCharity: 14 cents per mileMedical/moving: 22 cents per mileIRS NoticeTo defend the mileage deduction, please follow proper...

Thursday, December 29, 2022

With little change this week, the S&P 500 is on track for its worst year since 2008. Report shows climb in wholesale inventories, beating expectations. Home sales, jobs data due this week. Read more.

Monday, December 26, 2022

In response to higher interest rates, recessionary concerns persist. On the data front, November’s new home construction and permits continued to decline as borrowing costs continue to hamper affordability and demand. ...

Monday, December 19, 2022

In the U.S., the S&P 500 index ended 2.1% lower as markets digested the news from the latest Federal Reserve meeting. The Fed delivered a 50bp (0.50%) rate hike for December and raised its projection for the peak Fed funds rate by 50bp...

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The S&P 500 was more than 2% higher this week after CPI data showed headline inflation rose at a modest rate. A 50-basis-point rate hike is expected following the Fed meeting on Wednesday. Read more.

Monday, December 12, 2022

In an effort to consistently provide you with timely market updates, we thought you might enjoy the most recently published market commentary by our partners at Avantax.In this month’s market update video, Avantax Chief...

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Stocks trended down the first half of the week. Ahead of December Fed meeting, inflation data (PPI, CPI) set for release Friday and next Tuesday, respectively. Read more.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Major global markets saw stocks move higher. With the core PCE price index, a key inflation indicator, falling in November, Fed chair indicated a possible slowing of rate hikes. Read more.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

S&P 500 rallied about 2% in November, overshadowed by the strong performance of international stocks. Friday will bring the widely followed jobs report for October. Read more.

Monday, November 28, 2022

U.S. stocks traded higher in the holiday-shortened week. Key reports this week will provide clues to the status of inflation and the strength of the labor markets. Read more.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

2023 Key FiguresThe common tax tables have been released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Please find the tables in the link.Please use these tables for your tax planning. If you have tax questions, please don't hesitate...

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Stocks were higher in the holiday-shortened trading week. Investors will get a look at the durable goods report on Wednesday followed by the release of November’s FOMC meeting minutes. Read more.

Monday, November 21, 2022

In the U.S., the S&P 500 index was down 0.6% for the week. While higher inflation might be pinching consumer wallets, recent economic data still point to a resilient consumer. Read more.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Recent inflation reports help quell inflationary fears as markets now are pricing in a 50-basis-point rate hike for December Fed meeting. Retail sales in October beat expectations. Read more.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

View this month's planning video as host, Scott Walloch, Avantax Financial Planning Consultant discusses a key piece of a comprehensive, tax-smart retirement plan – Social Security. Watch Video

Monday, November 14, 2022

View this month's planning video as host, Scott Walloch, Avantax Financial Planning Consultant discusses a key piece of a comprehensive, tax-smart retirement plan – Social Security. Watch Video

Friday, November 11, 2022

Stocks were relatively unchanged for the week as investors digested corporate earnings alongside midterm election results. October’s CPI report due Thursday. Read more.

Friday, November 11, 2022

With inflation hovering near 40-year highs, some investors are looking for investments that keep pace with rising prices. For many, a Series I Savings Bond is just the ticket. I Bonds give investors a rate of return plus inflation...

Friday, January 7, 2022

YOUR 4% WITHDRAWAL STRATEGY MAY NOT BE ENOUGH Get the Tax Guidance You Need to Help Live the Retirement You Desire There’s a lot of concern among industry experts about whether the popular 4% withdrawal rule can provide enough income...