Tension in the Job Market
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
1d ago
2/7/2023 Last Friday’s jobs report showed the US economy added 517,000 jobs in January. The unemployment rate is now 3.4%, its lowest level since 1970. This hiring strength seems paradoxical because it comes during widely publicized layoffs at some US companies, especially in the tech sector. For several years the tech giants looked economically impervious ..read more
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What We’re Listening To
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
1w ago
1/30/2023 Podcasting has exploded in popularity over the past five years. According to Statista, by 2022, 79% of Americans were aware of podcasting, and over 82 million people were listening to podcasts. Listeners can now find an episode on almost any topic imaginable. I am an avid podcast listener and always looking for new shows ..read more
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Cash Takes a Turn as King
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
2w ago
1/23/2023 2022 was a year of some unexpected investment outcomes. We went into that year with news confirming that inflation would be more than transitory, but the level and impact of high inflation were not yet fully known. One of the biggest 2022 surprises was how the Federal Reserve’s aggressiveness to combat the inflationary pressures ..read more
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The Bulls, The Bears, and the Go Nowheres – 2023 Market Predictions
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
3w ago
1/17/2023 This is the time of year to look at the Wall Street firms which publish an opinion on the market. At each of these firms, groups of highly compensated and knowledgeable people get together and develop forecasts of where they believe the market will be by year-end. The market that attracts the most predictions ..read more
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A Banker’s Mentality
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
1M ago
1/9/2023 Investors should keep a watchful eye on the yield they are earning on their cash. An investor in a traditional money market fund can now earn more than 4%. By comparison, banks are paying their depositors anything from zero to 0.4%. Investors should always be prudently maximizing the return on their liquid assets. Understanding ..read more
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Millennial Planning
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
1M ago
1/3/2023 Most people my age spend little to no time on financial planning, but I would call myself an outlier of the Millennial generation. I have learned over recent years the significance of having a plan for your money. Last year provided young people with exposure to some of the harsh realities of investing. The ..read more
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Holiday Reflections
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
1M ago
12/27/2022 There’s nothing like single digit temperatures to get you in the holiday spirit! I’ve never been to the North Pole, but as a Southerner, I imagine it feels like this. The cold slows me down, draws me in, and makes me more reflective. With the end of a tumultuous year upon us, here are ..read more
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Fed Up With the Taylor Rule?
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
1M ago
12/19/2022 As we approach the New Year, it is customary to wish others happiness, peace, and prosperity. My wonky wish for us all is that we do not receive first-hand experience of the Taylor Rule. What is the Taylor Rule? It is a rules-based method proposed by Stanford professor of economics John Taylor for the ..read more
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2022 Year-End Checklist
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
2M ago
12/12/2022 The holiday season is in full swing, which means most of us are concerned with buying gifts and preparing to host family. If you can spare some time, however, it can be a very important time to think about checking off a few financial to-do items as well. Here are a few reminders on ..read more
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The Rule of 4%
Nicholas Hoffman & Co. Blog
by nhoffmanandco
2M ago
12/5/2022 Have you ever heard of the 4% Rule? The idea behind this old-fashioned concept was that you could afford to spend approximately 4% of the value of your portfolio each year and never run out of money. This was standard thinking back in the days when a traditional balanced portfolio consisted of 60% in ..read more
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