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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Despite The Circus In Washington



Despite The Circus In Washington, Stay Focused On Economic Fundamentals


The circus in Washington is an incredible distraction, but the fundamental economics driving American wealth continue to show considerable strength.

The sideshow does make it hard to stay focused on what’s really important.

But even the National Federation of Independent Businesses was distracted by the sideshow in reporting the news.

NFIB’s monthly press release about the Optimism Index focused on the recent drop in optimism and the sideshow in Washington, rather than the more important news from a long-term perspective: that the level of optimism among business owners has been this high only twice since 1975.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trump Victory On Health Care



Trump Victory On Health Care And Strong Economic Data Push Stocks To New All-Time High


President Donald Trump enjoyed a major legislative victory on May 4th, when the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. If the Senate and the House can reconcile their differences over the legislation, the savings on health care spending will pave the way for a major tax cut, stimulating the economy.

The drama in Washington, D.C. has dominated the headlines, stealing the spotlight from recently released data signaling that the economy is surprisingly strong.

The U.S. economy created 211,000 new jobs in April and the official unemployment rate dipped to a 10-year low of 4.4%.

Unemployment has not dipped below 4.4% since 2001.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017-05-14 Millennials and Money with Beth Kobliner & Ed Fulbright On Mastering Your Money Radio





Millennials and Money

People in their twenties or thirties are a generation that came of age in the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Today’s twenty- and thirty-somethings owe record levels of student loan debt. They face sky-high rents, strict mortgage lending standards, and stagnating wages. Tackling game-changing developments ranging from robo-advisors to the gig economy, can be difficult for millennials and to adopt healthy financial habits for the rest of their lives. We will give you strategies for building wealth and lower debt.


Joining us for our discussion on Millennials and Money?  is Beth Kobliner who is calling in from her  New York City office.  One of the nation’s leading authorities on personal finance for young people and young adults, Beth Kobliner is an advocate, commentator and journalist, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties and Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not!), a guide for parents looking to teach kids money basics, published by Simon & Schuster in February 2017. Her latest book is Get A Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA Of Durham, NC On On The Hunt For Answers About The Future


On The Hunt For Answers About The Future Of The Economy And Stocks

While this is the time of the year to hunt for Easter eggs, economists are busy searching for where economic growth landed in the first quarter.

Their answers are all over the place!

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Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA On Yet Another Strong Quarter, But Stay Focused


Yet Another Strong Quarter, But Stay Focused Beyond The Horizon

In the first quarter of 2017, stocks posted a total return of 6.1%.

That followed a return of 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016, 3.9% in the third-quarter and 2.5% in the quarter before that.

For the 12 months ended March 31, the total return on blue-chip companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index – if you include the reinvestment of dividends – was 17.2%! What a great run.

For months, politics has captivated the nation but, at the same time, better than expected economic data streaming in month after month propelled stock prices higher.

The nation’s largest publicly-held companies recovered from a 2016 profit collapse in energy and mining and, after the November 8 presidential elections, expectations of a major tax cut under President Trump catapulted share prices to new all-time highs.

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Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA Of Durham, NC On Expectations Are Moderating, But The Economy Is Doing Fine


Expectations Are Moderating, But The Economy Is Doing Fine

Month after month in late 2016, the economy kept surprising investors on the upside. All the economic data for months was better than expected.

For months, Citigroup’s Economic Surprise Index, which measures how often economic news is better than expected, soared — until early 2017. Suddenly, it plunged. Good economic surprises stopped coming in.

On Thursday and Friday, Financial Times and then The Wall Street Journal published reports suggesting investors were facing a new landscape.

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Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA Of Durham, NC On Why Weaker GDP Is Being Greeted With A Yawn

Why Weaker GDP Is Being Greeted With A Yawn

The nation’s economy grew just 0.7% last quarter, less than what was expected and the slowest rate in three years, but it was greeted with a collective yawn by investors. Why?

The main reason is that a slow growth rate for the quarter was expected.

Earlier this month, economists at the Atlanta Federal Reserve had projected a growth rate of just four-tenths of 1%.

In addition, a big pick up is expected for the next three quarters of 2017.

The 61 economists surveyed in early April by The Wall Street Journal expected quarterly growth to average 2.6% for the three remaining quarters of 2017.

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