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Monday, August 14, 2017

Last week, rising tension between North Korea and the U.S. rattled the world’s markets. As the two countries traded tough words, concerns escalated and markets reacted emotionally to the news.[i] Though stress is building...

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Another week of economic performance brought more news that the markets continue their bullish streak. After eight consecutive record-high closings, the Dow rose above 22,000 for the first time ever and finished the week up 1.20%.[i]...

 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Last week, markets marched ahead within a busy reporting week. The Dow rose 1.16% to close Friday on another new high.[i] The S&P 500 notched a record high during the week, despite closing the week slightly down 0.02%.[ii] Meanwhile,...

 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Last week, the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ again hit record highs. The midweek peaks fell by Friday, though market performance remained strong.[i] By week’s end, the Dow dropped 0.27%, and the S&P 500 and NASDAQ dipped on Friday...

 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Last Friday, stocks closed on more record highs. The S&P 500 rose 1.41% and the Dow climbed 1.04%—both closing at new peaks.[i] The NASDAQ reported a 2.58% gain and the MSCI EAFE posted a 2.38% increase.[ii] Despite continuing...

 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

As the country celebrated the Fourth of July last week, the markets experienced some volatility, though they finished a bit flat overall.[i] The Dow fell then rose to close the week up 0.30%.[ii] The S&P 500 climbed a modest 0.07% for...

 

Monday, July 3, 2017

As Q2 ended, markets hit a six-week volatility high.[i] While the tech sector declined during the week, consumer discretionary and industrial sectors drove stocks higher on Friday.[ii] On Friday, the tech-heavy NASDAQ slumped 1.99%...

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Last week, markets kept relatively quiet despite the continuing drop in oil prices. The S&P 500 rose by 0.21%, the Dow increased by 0.05%, and the NASDAQ—the week’s best performer—jumped 1.84%.[i] Internationally,...

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Markets remained mixed last week as the Dow closed at another record high, while the NASDAQ fell and the S&P 500 held steady.[1] By Friday, the Dow gained 0.52%, the NASDAQ fell -0.92%, and the S&P 500 gained a slight 0.05%.[2]...

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Local Financial Advisor Ali Swofford Attends 2017 MDRT Annual Meeting Prestigious Meeting Provides Educational Opportunities for Leading Financial Professionals PARK RIDGE, ILL. – Aleen “Ali” Swofford, PhD, CLU, ChFC...

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Markets last week were mixed with leading tech stocks falling dramatically as some investors pulled profits.[1] The NASDAQ took the biggest hit, finishing 1.55% down on the week - its worst week of the year.[2] Meanwhile, the Dow rose...

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Last week, the S&P 500, Dow, and NASDAQ closed at all-time record highs.[1] The S&P 500 rose 0.96%, the Dow gained 0.6%, and the NASDAQ grew by 1.54%.[2] Meanwhile, the MSCI EAFE gained 1.64% for the week.[3] Despite strong equity...

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The markets marched ahead last week with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ reporting all-time records, albeit just slightly above previous highs.[1] The S&P rose 1.43% over last week, while the NASDAQ was up 2.08%.[2] The Dow gained 1.32%...

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Early last week, both the S&P and NASDAQ recorded all time highs before tumbling along with the Dow as political concerns rose.[1] By Friday, though, the markets had largely rebounded and steadied. The S&P 500 closed the week down 0...

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why use a local, independent financial advisor? Accessibility & Convenience Even simple tasks can become a hassle when your advisor lives out of state. Everyday activities like making additional deposits, processing withdrawals, or...

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Celebrating Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of long-time client, Mary Elizabeth Parker, who is still as sharp as a tack. I had the good fortune of being able to be part of her birthday celebrations yesterday and she was...

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Financial Triage for the Suddenly Single Whether you have become solely in charge of your financial future by death or divorce, the decisions you are faced with are likely to seem overwhelming. The flood of emotions you are...

 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hammering Down Taxable Income By: Craig Hammer January 2017 The New Year is here! I hope 2016 was a prosperous one for you. It seems like the year just started and now it’s over. The sights and sounds of the holiday season will...

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

2016 Charitable Giving Tips This is the season to give thanks and to share our many blessings with those less fortunate. You can open your heart and be tax efficient as well. Here are a few simple ideas that you might consider before...

 

Friday, September 16, 2016

ALI SWOFFORD ACHIEVES TOP OF THE TABLE MDRT Membership is exclusive to world’s leading financial professionals Knoxville, Tn – Ali Swofford has qualified for Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) again....

 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Local Financial Advisor Aleen Swofford Presents at MDRT Annual Meeting Prestigious Meeting Provides Educational Opportunities for Leading Financial Professionals PARK RIDGE, ILL. – Aleen Swofford, CLU, ChFC, of Swofford Financial...