General Market News
The yield on the 10-year Treasury opened at 2.35 percent early Monday morning. It has been bouncing around the 2.30-percent level for a couple of weeks now. The 30-year Treasury opened at 2.98 percent, continuing to test the 3-percent ceiling. Meanwhile, at 1.32 percent, the 2-year was near its highest level in six weeks.
Last week, the White House unveiled its tax plan, proposing to cut taxes across the board, relieve millions of people from paying income taxes, and streamline filing—all while keeping the budget in balance (or at least not making the situation worse). But are the plan’s promises possible to fulfill, and does it stand a chance of passing?
If you’re like many people, you’ve thought about making an estate plan, but you just never get around to doing it. Perhaps you’re too busy, or maybe you’d rather avoid considering what will happen in the event of your incapacity or death. Although these concerns are understandable, estate planning is a vital component of your financial well-being—and one that’s best tackled sooner rather than later.
In today's corporate environment, cost cutting, restructuring, and downsizing are the norm, and many employers are offering their employees early retirement packages. But how do you know if the seemingly attractive offer you've received is a good one? By evaluating it carefully to make sure that the offer fits your needs.
Did you know that phishing (i.e., scam) e-mails account for about 91 percent of all cyberattacks? In other words, nearly every cybersecurity issue you could think of—from viruses, to ransomware, to full-blown data breaches—starts with users accidentally clicking malicious links in e-mails.
As the end of the first quarter approaches, expectations are high for a new burst of economic growth. With consumer confidence at the highest point since before the financial crisis, business confidence rising to very healthy levels, and job and wage growth continuing to move in the right direction, spring seems just around the corner.
There's still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2016! You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,500 for 2016 ($6,500 if you were age 50 by December 31, 2016). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2016 is April 18, 2017.
You can contribute to a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA, or both, as long as your total contributions don't exceed the annual limit (or, if less, 100% of your earned income). You may also be able to contribute to an IRA for your spouse for 2016, even if your spouse didn't have any 2016 income.
Since the election, much of the financial commentary has centered on the stock market’s surprising surge. In fact, though, the largest changes by far have been in the bond markets. Let’s take a look at what this means for the economy and our investments.