Inflation

Inflation vs. Volatility? It’s a Balance, Not an “Either/Or” Question for Investors June 21, 2021 9:37 AM   |  

Market volatility and inflation can both be effective at destroying investment value. Here’s how investors can account for both in their long-term portfolio strategy.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Preferred Stock: A Potential Income Tool in Your Toolbox June 15, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

If you’re considering adding preferred stocks to your portfolio, know the benefits, characteristics, and risks.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Commodities Have Been Hot, Hot, Hot: What Are the Potential Implications for Investors? May 28, 2021 10:17 AM   |  

Commodities have been red-hot in 2020 and 2021. Is this the start of a so-called commodity supercycle? And what might that mean for investors?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
June Outlook: Fed in Focus Ahead of Meeting Amid Hints it May Get More Hawkish May 26, 2021 10:38 AM   |  

Focus in June will likely be squarely on the Fed after its April meeting minutes suggested at least some officials there may be worried about the economy overheating. The Fed’s June 15-16 meeting looks like the highlight of the month.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
National Debt and Deficit Hawks: Endangered Species or Already Extinct? May 19, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

With the Fed planning to keep interest rates low until 2023, and the Biden administration proposing an infrastructure bill, hot on the heels of the latest $1.9 trillion stimulus package, have fiscal discipline and so-called 'deficit hawks' gone the way of the dodo bird and T-Rex?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
3 Monthly Economic Reports You Should Be Checking: Jobs Report, GDP, CPI March 26, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Monthly economic reports can move markets, so you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics. Watch for the jobs report, GDP, and CPI.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
CPI, PCE … What About the YPI? Assessing Your Personal Inflation Rate March 8, 2021 1:42 PM   |  

Consumer Price Index (CPI) doesn’t tell the whole story. What’s your personal inflation rate? How can you use it to assess your long-term goals?

5 min read  |  Budgeting & Saving
Why the Jobs Report Matters to Investors: What to Look for in Jobs Numbers March 4, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

The Employment Situation (also known as the jobs report, nonfarm payrolls, or unemployment) offers insight into many facets of the economy.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Consumer Price Index (CPI): Inflation, Interest Rates, & Growth February 17, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

What is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and how does it impact your investments? Economic growth, inflation, and interest rates are all linked to the CPI.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
The Silent Value Killer: How to Prepare Your Portfolio for Inflation December 14, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Inflation can impact your retirement income. Get to know the different investments that could help protect your portfolio against inflation.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Is a Weaker Dollar Good or Bad? Like Many Things Economic, It Depends November 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The value of a dollar is in constant motion. Sometimes, it strengthens against other currencies (or commodities), and sometimes, it weakens. But, is a weaker dollar good or bad?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Doves, Hawks, and the Three Bears: Taming the Inflation Animal in 2020 September 2, 2020 2:46 PM   |  

After years of tepid inflation—that is, a general rise in prices—recent readings indicate it could be on the rise, helped by dovish monetary policy and fiscal stimulus. Is that good or bad? Here's a primer on inflation and what it could mean for your portfolio.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Understanding Consumer Spending, Sentiment, and Confidence Measures May 8, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Learn about consumer confidence, consumer sentiment, personal income, and personal spending reports. Understanding measures of market sentiment can help traders and investors see a more complete picture of market fundamentals.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
The Employment Situation, aka Monthly Jobs Report: The Top Dog of Economic Reports? April 20, 2020 6:30 AM   |  

Whether you use the official name—the Employment Situation—or call it the jobs report, nonfarm payrolls, or unemployment, this report offers insight into many facets of the economy. Here’s a primer.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Retirees See 2.8% Social Security (COLA) Cost-of-Living Boost in 2019 December 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The Social Security Administration announced a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.8% for 2019. But is that enough to outpace rising costs in retirement?

3 min read  |  Social Security
Grow Your Retirement Savings to Keep Up With Inflation November 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Here’s why you need to keep your retirement money growing even when you’re already using it (hint: inflation and longevity).

7 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Is the Gold Rush On? Keep an Eye on Central Banks April 11, 2018 8:00 PM   |  

The correlation between gold and the S&P 500 is typically low, but sometimes they move in tandem. Is the gold rush back on for investors? Watch central banks for possible answers.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Federal Reserve and Inflation: It’s Your Turn, Jerome Powell February 6, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Jerome Powell takes over at the Federal Reserve at a time when a tight labor market could influence the direction and speed of interest rate hikes.

3 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Let’s Clear the Air: What Is Inflation, Anyway? August 29, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the different types of inflation, whether higher inflation may be coming, and how it might affect you.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds May 17, 2017 9:57 AM   |  

Even though the rate of inflation has been low, it still impacts interest rates, bonds, and your portfolio. Find out more before the Fed’s next meeting.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Approaching Retirement? Why You May Want to Consider Growth Stocks September 22, 2016 5:58 AM   |  

Growth stocks and growth mutual funds can fit into investment portfolios of people planning to retire in the coming few years, retirement experts say.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Economic X-Ray: Off-the-Grid Indicators Fill Research Gaps July 15, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Use a blend of off-the-grid economic data—from search-engine trends to a real-time GDP figure—to help inform investing hunches.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Beef Up, Go Green June 30, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Inflation signals are evident in a host of everyday household items, and investors should learn what to look for and how to seize potential opportunities.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Sniff Out Inflation: Gauge Sentiment with Gold, CRB, and CPI March 5, 2013 10:58 AM   |  

The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and tough to recognize. We grade the standard inflation measures.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
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