Here’s a brief update on this week’s stock market performance from LOM Financial : Read more:
Markets rallied strongly last week, with the MSCI World index gaining 2.86% and the S&P 500 gaining 2.95%.
The Brexit endgame is coming more into focus. Last week, the British Parliament passed the Spelman/Dromay amendment by a vote of 312 to 308. The amendment was a non-binding ruling to prevent a hard Brexit under any circumstances. Perhaps paradoxically, Prime Minister May whipped her party to vote against this amendment. Her rationale appears to have been to force the issue of the Parliament agreeing terms on the exit. While there is talk of putting the terms of an orderly exit up for another vote, it appears unlikely the vote would go through since the deal has not changed materially and there is less incentive for voters to change their position.
This brings us to the March 29th Brexit deadline. Britain is likely to request an extension to their exit as they attempt to come to an agreement on the exit terms with the EU. This would require the EU countries to unanimously agree to allow Britain to extend their membership, something Nigel Farage has been lobbying that they reject. If they were to reject an extension, Britain would default into a hard Brexit. The likelihood of that occurring are low but non-trivial. The more likely outcome would be an extension, which presents certain challenges since an extension beyond July 1st would mean Britain would be required to participate in the European Parliament election. At this point, it is unclear what a short extension would accomplish as Parliament is resolutely against the proposed terms. While the whole ordeal is rather taxing, the prospects of entering a hard Brexit have diminished (a good thing). JP Morgan was suggesting a 10% likelihood of a hard Brexit.
Boeing 737 Max
More headwinds facing Boeing as their 737 Max have been grounded in most developed countries. This is a major hit to the company, which was set to deliver over 5000 of the planes. A surprise move in which the FAA reversed an earlier position that the planes were airworthy, causing the company to continue to fall. Boeing is now facing an investigation by the Department of Transportation in to whether enough vetting had taken place prior to the 737 Max release.
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Here’s the latest market updates from CNBC:
- Shares in Japan, South Korea and Australia advanced in morning trade.
- The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the U.S. and China are “in the final stage of completing a trade deal,” with Beijing offering to lower tariffs on U.S. products in categories ranging from chemicals to autos.
Stocks in Asia rose on Monday morning following a report that China is offering to lower tariffs on certain U.S. products as part of a trade deal with America.
In Australia, the ASX 200 rose 0.58 percent in morning trade, with almost all sectors advancing.
US-China trade deal progress
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the U.S. and China are “in the final stage of completing a trade deal,” with Beijing offering to lower tariffs on U.S. products in categories ranging from chemicals to autos. For its part, Washington is considering eliminating most if not all of the trade sanctions placed on Chinese goods last year, according to the Journal.
A summit between the two leaders could happen sometime in March, according to both Bloomberg and the Journal.
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Income-driven millennials will likely become multi-millionaire investors in the future. However, venturing into the risky world of investing can be a great challenge for the young generations. Nonetheless, the market sector has higher earning potential among other investment options, below are some of the many compelling reasons why the young demographics must invest in the stock market:
Apart from global economic growth, the rapid pace of technology advancement has transformed the way we trade stocks, today. Millennial investors can take advantage of the efficient trading tools such as cloud-based software and online trading platforms, developed to provide easier access to investors and keep track their investments anytime, anywhere.
Has a Variety of Safe and Profitable Investments
Alongside with Finance, the Tech sector has been one of the best-performing stocks in the market, for years. In terms of revenue, large companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon are highly recognized as the most dominant tech stocks in the market. As they remain robust and successful despite economic crisis and uncertainties.
A Great Wealth Builder
Saving earlier for stable and financially secured golden years can be the best thing every millennial should learn. For instance, Warren Buffet, widely acclaimed as the richest business tycoon in the investment history was known to have built his fortune by trading in the stock market decades back until to date, following Benjamin Graham’s principles of value investing, according to Forbes.
Check out the latest stock market performance from LOM Financial, today:
Markets ended the abbreviated week as a warning of a global slowdown was offset by strong earnings. The MSCI World Index ended the week up 0.07% while the S&P 500 lost -0.21%.
IMF Warns of a Global Slowdown
The International Monetary Fund cut 2019 global growth estimates by 0.2% to 3.5%, citing risks of a more significant downward correction was rising. In the US, the effects of fiscal stimulus are expected to unwind. Mexico experienced a significant downgrade to growth reflecting lower private investment. The high levels of public and private debt mean capital markets should be more sensitive to downturns than they have been historically.
The IMF report mirrors the World Bank January 2019 assessment (published on 1/8/19), which sees headwinds from the removal of accommodative policies that supported the protracted recovery along with more extreme weather events creating challenges in developed and developing countries. Lax credit markets have resulted in a growing number of developing countries holding questionable levels of debt.
Market Wrap Up
Earnings releases have been mixed but strong positive revenues and EPS surprises on Wednesday from Proctor and Gamble, Comcast, and United Tech Corp marked the turnaround that helped bring markets back to levels near the beginning of the week.
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For retirees who dreamed of moving to any foreign countries this year, here’s a few practical suggestions from Forbes you might want to consider:
When it comes time to pick a retirement spot, the majority of Americans end up staying put, or moving within their own state. (See The Best Places To Retire In Each State.) But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least consider the option of retiring abroad. Fact is, many countries offer a high standard of living at a much lower cost and throw in good weather, great scenery and fascinating culture at no extra charge.
More Americans have been not just considering, but actually making, the big move. The U.S. Social Security Administration just reported it’s now sending checks to almost 700,000 people living in foreign countries. That’s a steady 40% increase over 10 years. Of course, not all Americans “retiring” abroad are old enough to collect Social Security. The growing FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement has got some GenXers and even Millennials dreaming about “retiring” from their day jobs and living abroad.
To assist those planning, or simply dreaming about, a foreign retirement haven, Forbes has scoured the globe to come up with a list, The Best Places To Retire Abroad In 2019. Click on the gallery below for a description of all 24 countries, on five continents, that made our list, in alphabetical order. (At the bottom of this post, there’s also a handy table offering a quick view of how our picks compare.) Note that while we are picking entire nations, not every place in each is suitable. U.S. expat retirees often tend to cluster in just a few locales. So we suggest a few specific spots in each, although in most countries there are many other locations that would also be suitable.
One advantage of just about every foreign country on our list is that good medical care, and health care insurance, is available and at a cost so much less than in the U.S. that private insurance can easily replace the Medicare benefits most U.S. retirees depend on. (No, you can’t use your Medicare benefits abroad.) Three countries on our list—Uruguay, Ecuador and Italy—even allow expats under certain circumstances into their national healthcare systems. In some countries, good healthcare is more easily found in the larger cities, and we make a note of that in our individual write-ups.
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Here’s an update for December’s Stock Market performance and global economic concerns from LOM Financial:
The month of December was once again dominated by troubling economic headlines ranging from disruptive global trade negotiations to disturbing U.S. central bank commentary. On top of the steady drum beat of what some are calling dysfunctional political behavior, the U.S. Government’s partial shutdown has added to the negative investor sentiment which has been building all year. Sliding stock prices over the last month of the year added to the fourth quarter market woes, notwithstanding a sharp equity market reversal on the day after Christmas. For the month of December, the S&P 500 declined by -9.03% and the MSCI World Stock index fell by -7.57%. These results capped an overall tumultuous year where the MSCI World declined by 8.19% for the period as a whole.
Since the U.S. and China met during the G20 meeting at the beginning of December, China has implemented multiple policies addressing major issues in trade war negotiations. China agreed to cut tariffs on more than 700 goods in sectors such as agriculture, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and materials. Despite the progress, most products will still be subject to the retaliatory tariffs until there is a breakthrough in the trade deal. Furthermore, China has drafted a law to prevent forced technology transfers, which is a main complaint by Washington. However, critics question whether the new law will be enforced successfully. U.S. trade representatives will travel to China in January for another round of negotiations and any update from their talk will likely affect markets early in the New Year.
Despite the ongoing risk market selloff in during the fourth quarter, the Fed still decided to raise the Fed Fund rate for the fourth time in 2018, to a range between 2.25% and 2.5%. However, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) did adjust next year’s projected base rate move downward to just two hikes, in the face of market volatility. However, Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell reiterated the plan for balance sheet runoff. As the Fed downplayed risks to the economic outlook, investors worry that a hawkish central bank will ultimately slow the economy and send markets into another tail spin. As interest rates continues to climb, consumers will feel even more pressure on mortgages and auto loan payments. Overall, businesses have begun to experience a higher interest burden.
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Here’s a piece of priceless advice from Forbes for your 2019 financial plans:
I love simple financial advice because we make money management much too difficult. That’s why we need to boil down what we need to know — and cancel out the noise.
This year you can plan ahead, but you’ll need to earmark some things to do. Here are some great tips from my friend Julie Jason, the author of Retire Securely: Insights on Money Management from an Award-Winning Financial Columnist.
Manage With Logic, Not Emotion. There’s no question that the headlines are going to be nerve wracking. That’s the nature of the beast. Ignore them and figure out how much you’ll need to live comfortably in retirement and pay your bills.
“It’s a fact of human nature that emotions can wreak havoc on our decision-making abilities,” Jason notes. “A growing field of study called behavioral finance seeks to identify the pitfalls of the human psyche to help people — in this case, investors — minimize the effects that emotions can have on their investment portfolios.”
Do the numbers. Project your retirement income based on savings and Social Security. Figure out how much you need to save and invest to meet your goals. Execute!
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The film industry is not just an avenue where filmmakers and actors can create art and expression through their work – it’s also a type of business where producers and movie makers expect to double or even triple their investments.
While some earn their prize in the box office and other business models designed to market and sell products related to the film franchise, other channels where moviemakers can boost an impressive return on investment is by winning recognition from experts, especially given by bodies as highly-recognized as the Academy Awards, the Oscars.
The question that most people wonder about is this: what are the financial benefits of winning big especially from award-giving bodies like the Academy? Most importantly, what does it mean for film producers, financially, to nab this highly-sought acknowledgment?
For starters, Oscar winners don’t get cash prizes. Instead, they receive a swag bag worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. While these may seem less grand, the gold rush from being recognized by the Academy comes after this milestone.
For instance, the earning potential even for movie producers of small-budget films doubles after the awards night. Movie houses and cinemas across the world will take advantage of their newly won popularity by running and re-screening the winning films to sell more tickets – and this means millions of dollars from additional gross ticket sales. The gold mine that is the box office will be followed by increased DVD sales, international television streaming franchises, and media franchising demand not just in their home countries but from around the globe.
Everything that comes after an Oscar victory can easily be translated to an expected growth in demand from actors and filmmakers when choosing where to take their next masterpieces.
For instance, when the company, Open Road Film, won their first Best Picture for “Spotlight” in the 2016 Oscars, the bragging rights of winning big and being recognized by the Academy have boosted the film producer and company’s brand image. Similarly, in 2009 Academy Awards, sleeper hit “Slumdog Millionaire” went from earning $44.7 million in domestic box office before Oscar nominations to bringing home additional $100 million (approximately) after its Best Picture win. In this year’s edition of the awards show, the Guillermo del Toro-directed sci-fi film “The Shape of Water” won the top accolade. As experts are predicting, it may well pull off dramatic box office growth over the next few days or even weeks following the victory.