Fed/GDP/Jobs/Earnings – All Viewed Positive!!

Last week I wrote “A lot of stuff this week”.  Yes, it was a busy week!  The Federal Reserve lowered rates as expected by 25 basis points.  This is the 3rd rate cut in 4 months.  Many are now speculating the Federal Reserve will be on hold until after the election unless the economic data […]

The Back and Forth Market Continues… 

The Back and Forth Market Continues…  August is now in the books, and good riddance.  After hitting the yearly high in July, August was a back and forth market based on the rhetoric of our trade war.  Negative information punished the markets, and words suggesting trade war improvement moved us higher.   The negative, however, certainly […]

Markets Take it on the Chin….

Markets Take It on the Chin Another crazy week in the markets!  The major indexes are down 4 weeks in a row.  Well, it’s August, Global growth appears to be slowing (at least temporarily), interest rates have moved significantly lower, and who really knows what is going on with our Trade War!  This is a […]

China Deal Looking Illusive

China Deal Looking Illusive   It certainly looks as of now, that a China deal prior to our upcoming 2020 US Presidential Election may not happen…the war just intensified with President Trump announcing a 10% tariff on the $300 Billion of remaining Chinese imports to begin September 1st.   This domestic tax will apparently be directed […]

Major Earnings Week, but does it matter?!

Major Earnings Week, but does it matter?!   1/3 of the S&P 500 companies will report 2nd quarter earnings this week!  Normally, this many earnings reports would sway markets one way or another.  I don’t expect based on earnings reports alone that much movement will occur, but who knows!!!  So far out of 79 S&P […]

Medicare Open Enrollment – Part D Drug Program Changes for 2019

  Medicare Open Enrollment Part D Drug Program Changes for 2019     The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs annually from October 15th through December 7th.  This is the time Medicare beneficiaries can shop and change their Part D Prescription Drug Program and can switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another. In addition, those […]

Medicare Enrollment Periods

  The first step in understanding the Medicare Maze is to understand when you can, and must sign up for Medicare.   Here is a summary of the 3 enrollment periods.     Medicare Enrollment Periods   The first step in understanding your Medicare options, is to know specifically when you can and must enroll […]

Social Security Checks Going Up for 2018, Perhaps!

Social Security checks will be going up by 2.0% in 2018, perhaps! Some people will realize little or none of their cost of living adjustment (COLA). Because of how the hold-harmless unwinding works after a year (or years) in which some Social Security beneficiaries Medicare premiums were held artificially low because their annual COLA didn’t […]