110 Search Results for: covid

  • Market Commentary: S&P 500 Finishes the Year at a Record High, Unemployment Numbers Decrease Slowly

    Posted on January 4, 2021

    The S&P 500 wrapped up a surprising year with another strong week. The index of large-cap stocks, including dividends, climbed 1.5% and finished 18.4% higher for the year. Figure 1 shows the performance of the S&P 500, ex-dividends, in 2020 and just how far stocks have roared back from their lows.

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  • Market Commentary: Trump Signs New Stimulus Package as Vaccine Distribution Continues

    Posted on December 28, 2020

    The new stimulus package approved by the House and Senate was signed by President Trump Sunday night. The president had proposed upping the aid to individuals to $2,000 after the bipartisan agreement had been reached. Garnering support for that proposal would likely have proven difficult and economic urgency made signing the bill the logical choice. The need for additional support was evidenced by a 1.2% decline in disposable income (Figure 1).

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  • 17 Things You Need to Know About the New Stimulus Package

    Posted on December 23, 2020

    Congress passed the new $900 billion economic relief and spending bill on Monday. While most of the focus has been on a second round of relief payments to most Americans, there is plenty more in the 5,000-plus pages of the stimulus package.

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  • Market Commentary: New Support Package to Provide Assistance to Individuals, Businesses and More

    Posted on December 21, 2020

    The economic slowdown continues. Initial jobless claims climbed 885,000 last week. In the face of additional restrictions and heightened health risks, consumers have scaled back activity. Retail and food service sales dipped 1.1% last month (Figure 1).

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  • Market Commentary: First Vaccines Roll Out as Unemployment Claims Remain High

    Posted on December 14, 2020

    Initial jobless claims reached an 11-week high based on data reported last week. More than 850,000 workers filed initial unemployment claims (Figure 1). While processing delays around the Thanksgiving holiday affected the data, even after adjusting for the break it appears the economic lull continues.

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  • 8 Things We Learned From Our 2020 Client Advisory Board

    Posted on December 10, 2020

    Last week, Taylor Financial Group hosted our annual Client Advisory Board Meeting – Virtually this year!   As you probably know by now, every year we hold our Client Advisory Board (CAB) meeting , where we discuss all things Taylor Financial Group – where we’ve been, what we’ve been doing, and how we can create the best possible experience for our clients!  This year we had the pleasure of having our veteran clients join us, as well as some new ones.   What have we been up to? Glad you asked!  We have replaced our in-person workshops with monthly virtual webinars…read the full article

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  • Market Commentary: S&P 500 Gains Nearly 11% Last Month After Promising Vaccine News

    Posted on December 7, 2020

    November turned out to be a month full of news. A surge of COVID-19 cases, the presidential election, vaccine announcements, and slowing economic growth all moved markets. The November employment report provided additional evidence economic growth is decelerating. The economy generated 245,000 new jobs, missing expectations of 463,000 (Figure 1). Unemployment inched lower to 6.7% supported by the slow job growth and more people leaving the labor force.

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  • Giving to Charity for the Holidays, Even Though It’s 2020

    Posted on December 3, 2020

    Chances are, between basting the turkey and watching the football during the holidays, you’ll find yourself giving to the causes and organizations you believe in. In the U.S., 30% of the year’s charitable giving is done in December, and 10% of the annual giving is just in those last three days of the year!

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  • Market Commentary: Dow and S&P Set Records, but Unemployment Still Rising

    Posted on November 30, 2020

    The economy seems poised to decelerate in coming weeks as data showed slowing economic improvement or outright reversals of the recovery. Income data was mixed. Disposable income fell 0.8% in October as government programs expired. Gains in employment pushed employee compensation up 0.7% as more people returned to work.

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  • WEBINAR INVITE: 20 Year End Financial Planning and Tax Tips For 2020

    Posted on November 23, 2020

    Are you nervous about your retirement distributions? Are you nervous about your income tax bracket?

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