Economic Week in Review: Reports showed growth and tame inflation. From Vanguard

Posted by Mark Pettinga

It was a good week for economic news. Inflation remained below the Federal Reserve’s 2% target rate, home sales showed growth, and The Conference Board’s Leading Indicator Index was positive.

For the week ended October 24, 2014, the S&P 500 Index rose 4.1% to 1,965 … Read More »


Barron’s Big Money Poll: The Bull Will Be Right Back

Posted by Mark Pettinga

It’s going to take a lot more than the past month’s 5%-plus selloff in stocks for America’s money managers to change their upbeat tune. That’s what they’ve been telling Barron’s in the past two weeks, ever since 59% of participants in our latest … Read More »


Northern Trust: Don’t Dump Those Stocks!

Posted by Mark Pettinga

What’s an investor to do in these tricky times? Yields remain very low, as evidenced by the 10-year Treasury’s dipping below 2.4% last week. Stocks, which have had a great run since March 2009, look a bit long in the tooth, and there … Read More »


U.S. Job Gains Ramp Up

Posted by Mark Pettinga

The September employment report, released on Friday, confirmed that job gains are back on track. The report also provided further proof, as if it were ever needed, that a single month’s number—in this case, the below-par gain for August—is rarely very significant, because … Read More »