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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of August 27th, 2017

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Next week, the economic calendar picks up, with the important figures (nonfarm payrolls, ISM manufacturing) arriving as market participants get set for the three-day weekend. Consumer confidence figures will cover the first half of the month and are therefore unlikely to reflect much of an impact from Charlottesville.

Second quarter GDP growth is likely to be revised higher in the 2nd estimate (a 2.6% pace in the advance estimate).

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of June 7th, 2017

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The May Employment Report was generally disappointing. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 138,000 (median forecast: +185,000), while figures for March and April were revised a net 66,000 lower.

Retail payrolls fell for the fourth consecutive month (down more than 80,000 since January, which is more than the total number of coal miners). The unemployment rate dipped to 4.3%, a 16-year low, partly reflecting a sharp drop in the rate for young adults (which could reflect a seasonal adjustment issue, although the trend is clearly lower).

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Frazier Allen: Smart Retirement Withdrawal Strategies

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – For many, tapping into your retirement principal causes some anxiety.

Whether you’re months or years from retirement, work with your advisor to develop a withdrawal strategy that gives you confidence that your money will last as long as your retirement does.

Fortunately, there are flexible strategies that can be used alone or in combination. With each of these strategies, it’s a good idea to start with a conservative withdrawal rate and increase it as your portfolio grows.

Planning ahead for your retirement withdrawal strategy.

Planning ahead for your retirement withdrawal strategy.

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Frazier Allen: Retirement choices go Global

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – If the prospect of a pleasant retirement in an exotic locale appeals to you, you’re in luck because the options for retiring abroad are expanding. The numbers of expat English-speaking communities are growing in countries that offer safety, low taxes, attractive residency options and excellent healthcare facilities.

Life in a foreign land is not for everyone, of course. There is almost certain to be an element of culture shock. However, the attractions of an adventurous lifestyle tip the scales for many retirees. Retirement experts caution against making hasty decisions to move abroad.

More than ever, retirees are finding exotic locales that complement their monetary needs.

More than ever, retirees are finding exotic locales that complement their monetary needs.

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Frazier Allen: Famous Estate Blunders and How to Avoid Them

 

These celebrities’ tales are a strong reminder to review your estate plan before it’s too late.

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – There’s a calm comfort that comes with estate planning: a sense that your family will be taken care of after you pass away (hopefully at a ripe old age). Sadly, it doesn’t always happen that way. 

Skipping regular estate plan reviews can lead to forgotten details, and these can create confusion and havoc for your family – or suck them into a time-consuming court case to iron everything out. Unfortunately, that was the case for these high-profile individuals and their loved ones. 

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Frazier Allen: Why Holiday Shopping Begins in Summer

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Big-box retailers increasingly push consumers to forget the date on the calendar and purchase back-to-school items, pumpkins and Christmas trees in the same shopping trip. Known as “Christmas Creep,” this early arrival of the holidays is a tactic retailers commonly employ in their race against time toward a profitable holiday season.

As much as 30 percent of a store’s annual sales can come during the holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the largest retail industry trade association. Stocking holiday merchandise sooner gives retailers a jump on the competition and extends the amount of time consumers have to buy, for good reason.

Discover the reasons retailers start the holidays sooner and how those decisions impact store operations.

Discover the reasons retailers start the holidays sooner and how those decisions impact store operations.

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Frazier Allen: Urban Farming as a Smart Grocery Alternative

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – It is early morning as Bob walks outside to check on his chickens.

A good day for eggs, he thinks, approaching the coop.

While some might assume Bob wears overalls and lives on a poultry farm, an increasing number would wonder if he’s just like them – going greener in the middle of the city.

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Frazier Allen: You Are What You Think

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Research shows that 90% of your happiness is determined by your mindset, meaning only 10% is affected by external factors – be that your job, finances or health. It might be hard to believe, but happiness and contentment have as much to do with how you perceive life as anything else.

Whether it’s aging, an approaching lifestyle change as retirement nears, or a general waning of zest for life, there’s a wealth of research and ideas that suggest a more optimistic outlook is within your reach.

An optimistic outlook can enhance your health, your work and your daily life.

An optimistic outlook can enhance your health, your work and your daily life.

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Frazier Allen: Risk Management Demystified

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Let’s face it: Life is a risk. That’s why risk management is a crucial part of a long-term financial plan. When it comes to investments, we’re talking diversification and asset allocation. When it comes to your family, health, property and income, we’re talking insurance.

But what kind of coverage do you really need? Take a deeper look at four useful types of policies.

The Right Mix of Coverage to Live with Confidence.

The Right Mix of Coverage to Live with Confidence.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of February 13th, 2017

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data calendar was thin. December trade figures were roughly in line with expectations. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index fell in the mid-February estimate.

Stock market investors were encouraged by the prospect for tax cuts following comments by U.S. President Donald Trump. In contrast, the bond market, recognizing that the process for cutting taxes will be contentious and lengthy, is less fearful of a large boost to the federal budget deficit (hence, bond yields have backed down over the past month).

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