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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of May 22nd, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The FOMC minutes from the April 26th-27th policy meeting showed that “most [meeting] participants judged that if incoming data were consistent with economic growth picking up in the second quarter, labor market conditions continuing to strengthen, and inflation making progress toward the Committee’s 2 percent objective, then it likely would be appropriate for the Committee to increase the target range for the federal funds rate in June.”

However, “participants expressed a range of views about the likelihood that incoming information would make it appropriate to adjust the stance of policy at the time of the next meeting.”

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of May 15th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic calendar was quiet until the end of the week. April retail sales results surprised to upside, with upward revisions to February and March. This ran counter to generally weak monthly sales reports from a number of individual retailers.

March sales were likely distorted (and depressed) by the early Easter. Results reflected strong trends in nonstore retailers (which includes Internet retailers), restaurants (helped by low gasoline prices, but also reflecting a long-term trend of households taking more meals outside the home), and drug stores (which likely reflects runaway prices of pharmaceuticals).

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of May 10th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data were mixed, but generally consistent with moderately strong economic growth in the near term. Motor vehicle sales rebounded in April, from what appears to have been an Easter-related decline in March.

The ISM surveys split; manufacturing a bit softer, non-manufacturing a bit stronger. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 160,000 in the initial estimate for April, below the median forecast (+200,000), but not horrible (note that the economy added 1.057 million jobs before seasonal adjustment).

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Frazier Allen: Looking After Your Modern Legacy

 

What you pass on can include digital assets and hard-earned wisdom.

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – For too many, legacy planning focuses solely on the transfer of money and legal documentation, which generally fall under the estate planning umbrella. While all of that is very important, there should be a more personal aspect to the process. After all, we’re talking about your life and how you’ll be remembered.

Your stories, traditions, beliefs and values need not be taken to the grave. These things make you who you are and should be shared with your children and grandchildren. In the past, loved ones might have inherited a shoebox full of letters and photos that helped tell the story of a life well lived.

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Frazier Allen: Concentrated Positions Can Pose Portfolio Risk

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – It is important for investors to understand that the very asset that helped create significant wealth may also pose the biggest risk to their future financial security. A concentrated equity position is defined as a substantial portion of an investor’s wealth (10% – 15%, or more in some cases) tied in one stock.

These highly concentrated positions can result from employer stock and option incentives, long-term employment at a single company, a large inheritance, etc.

Holding a large, single-stock position creates significant risk and increases portfolio volatility, which can have a catastrophic effect to an investor’s future financial security.

Concentrated positions may create wealth but they may not protect it.

Concentrated positions may create wealth but they may not protect it.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of May 1st, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee left short-term interest rates unchanged. In its policy statement, the FOMC noted that “labor market conditions have improved further even as growth in economic activity appears to have slowed.”

The key phrase from the mid-March statement, “global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks,” was removed, although officials promised to closely monitor conditions. Equities rallied on the Fed statement (in part, perhaps, because the meeting was simply out of the way), but global markets weakened after the Bank of Japan failed to stimulate further.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of April 24th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data remained consistent with a lackluster to moderate pace of growth in the near term. Building permits and housing starts disappointed in March, reflecting a pullback in multi-family activity (which appears to have been unsustainably strong in 2015).

Single-family permits, the key figure in the report, fell 1.2%, but the first quarter total was 15.2% higher than in 1Q15. Existing home sales rebounded from a soft February (likely reflecting weather effects in the Northeast and Midwest). The Index of Leading Economic Indicators rose 0.2%, following three consecutive monthly declines.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of April 21st, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data were mixed, but mostly on the soft side of expectations. Retail sales fell in March, reflecting a pullback in auto sales (dealers noted lean inventories of popular models and a lack of dealer incentives). Ex-autos, gasoline and building materials, sales were flat (+3.2% y/y), but February was revised higher (making it about a wash relative to expectations).

Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, reflecting warm temperatures (another drop in the output of utilities) and a further contraction in oil and gas well drilling (down 72% since the end of 2014).

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Frazier Allen: Beware of Costly Surprises in Retirement

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – Achieving a successful retirement requires not only planning for what you want to go right, but also for what might go wrong.

Many investors have found that retirement can bring on unwelcome surprises, some of them significant enough to derail a retirement plan.

Healthcare Costs: Expert estimates of what a couple spends during retirement for healthcare range from $400,000 to well over $1 million.

Planning ahead can help you get the jump on some of these surprise costs.

Planning ahead can help you get the jump on some of these surprise costs.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of April 10th, 2016

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The minutes of the March 15th-16th FOMC meeting showed that most officials did not see much change in their growth outlooks since December, due partly to expectations of a more gradual policy path (recall that most officials had expected four 25-basis-point hikes in 2016, but now see two).

“Several” meeting participants “argued for proceeding cautiously in reducing policy accommodation,” noting the downside risks from the rest of the world and the possibility that inflation expectations could fall.

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