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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of December 31st, 2017

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Next week, the ISM surveys have some market-moving potential and we should receive anecdotal information on the strength of holiday sales, but the focus is expected to be on the employment figures.

Seasonal adjustment is a bit quirky in December and can easily magnify the normal statistical noise in the job market figures (as a reminder, the monthly change in nonfarm payrolls is reported accurate to ±120,000 and the unemployment rate is reported accurate to ±0.2%). Market participants are likely to focus on average hourly earnings, which can be noisy.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of December 17th, 2017

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – As expected, the Fed raised short-term interest rates for the third time in 2017 (market participants were more focused on the progress of tax legislation).

The dots in the dot plot did not shift much from where they were in September and were all over the place for the end of 2018 and 2019 – meaning that there is no clear consensus on the pace of policy action (and bear in mind that personnel changes mean that many of these dots will be replaced in 2018).

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of November 28th, 2017

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Next week, the economic calendar picks back up and the Senate returns to work on its version of a tax-cut bill.

However, the focus is expected to be on Jay Powell’s Fed chair nomination hearing. Powell is unlikely to speak about the near-term policy outlook (what the Fed will do in December), but lawmakers will ask about his broader approach to monetary policy and banking regulation (expect vigorous questioning from Senator Warren, but he should eventually receive approval in a full Senate vote).

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Frazier Allen: Help your money last with these 7 tips to generate a retirement paycheck

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – With retirement within sight, now’s the time to figure out how to turn your savings and investments into a paycheck – so you can live comfortably and still achieve your goals.

For many, the challenge is easier said than done, and comes alongside fears of spending too much now and not having enough later or the worry of denying yourself if you don’t spend enough.

Here are seven ways to help you get and stay on the right track.

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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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