The Markets U.S. stock markets were unsettled last week. President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States for 90 days, in tandem with some disappointing earnings reports, inspired turmoil and uncertainty that helped push U.S. stock markets lower early in ...
February 6, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Markets An historic moment for U.S. stock markets… The Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed 20,000 last week. Barron’s cautioned investors not to make too much of the milestone since, “There are only 30 stocks in the index so each one carries a lot of weight.” Regardless of ...
January 30, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Pension consultants at Planmark regularly receive calls on a broad array of technical topics related to qualified retirement plans. A recent call with a plan sponsor in Atlanta is a commonly asked question about delivering participant notices. The plan sponsor asked: “These rules about electronic delivery of 401(k) plan notices ...
January 26, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Markets Markets weren’t quite sure which direction to move last week. The Trump rally, which lost some steam, gained momentum early in the week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index finished January 19, the day before the inauguration, with its biggest election-to-inauguration gain since Bill Clinton ...
January 23, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Markets Around the world in a few paragraphs… The post-election adrenaline rush may be over in the United States. Barron’s reported: “The new year began with high hopes, with the bulls expecting the rally that began with Donald J. Trump’s election victory to continue into 2017, while ...
January 16, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Pension consultants at Planmark regularly receive calls on a broad array of technical topics related to qualified retirement plans. A recent call with a plan sponsor in Woodstock is a commonly asked question about fiduciary liability and fidelity bonds. The plan sponsor asked: “Is fiduciary liability insurance the same thing ...
January 12, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Markets …And, they’re off! Bullish sentiment helped world equity markets get off to a fast start last week. Just name a country or region – developed markets, emerging markets, the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom – and it’s likely the area’s benchmark ...
January 9, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Markets What a difference a year makes! At the start of 2016, investors were rather pessimistic and risk averse, preferring bonds to stocks. By the end of the year, they were quite optimistic and preferred stocks to bonds. In between, markets traveled a bumpy road. During ...
January 3, 2017Planmark Administrator
The Markets The Federal Reserve put a hitch in the markets’ giddy-up last week. It wasn’t the Fed’s second interest rate hike in a decade that caused markets to stumble. December’s rate hike was old news before it happened. In mid-December, Reuters reported Fed funds futures indicated ...
December 19, 2016Planmark Administrator
The Markets Dad: “Fra-gee-lay” …it must be Italian! Mom: I think that says “fragile,” honey. Dad: Oh, yeah. This holiday season, investors’ enthusiasm for U.S. stocks has rivaled old man Parker’s passion for his major-award leg lamp in ‘A Christmas Story.’ Last week, three major U.S. indices hit all-time ...
December 12, 2016Planmark Administrator