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US stocks were relatively flat over the week as growth concerns mixed with solid earnings.  The S&P 500 fell 0.2%, while the Dow rose 0.1% for the week.  Internationally, Europe edged up 0.2% and Japan gained 0.5% for the week.  The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell over the week to 2.75%. China’s GDP growth[.....]

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Stocks posted their fourth straight week of gains on fourth quarter earnings, dovish statements by the fed and optimism an agreement will eb worked out between the US and china.  US stocks are up 13% since Christmas Eve.  The S&P 500 rose 2.9% and the Dow was up 3.0% for the week.  Internationally, Japan climbed[.....]

The post Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through January 19th appeared first on Raffa Wealth Management.

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US stocks rose over the week, posting their best three week stretch since after the 2016 presidential election, as investors were reassured by economic data and the Fed.  The S&P 500 gained 2.5% and the Dow rose 2.4% for the week.  Abroad, Japan jumped 4.1% and Europe climbed 1.7% for the week.  Oil rose nearly[.....]

The post Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through January 12th appeared first on Raffa Wealth Management.

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The end of the year is a popular time for organizations to give their employees raises, with many of those raises taking effect in the new year. Increases in income are an ideal time to reassess, and if possible, increase your contribution to your retirement plan. Increasing your contribution rate as your income grows is[.....]

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The end of the year is a popular time for organizations to give their employees raises, with many of those raises taking effect in the new year. Increases in income are an ideal time to reassess, and if possible, increase your contribution to your retirement plan. Increasing your contribution rate as your income grows is[.....]

The post Increasing Contribution Rates appeared first on Raffa Wealth Management.

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Looking back, 2018 certainly felt like a roller coaster ride for investors.  After a fantastic nine year run where US stocks returned an annualized 15.44%, you can see why 2018’s results came as a surprise for many.  Coming off their 4th best year since 2000, domestic stocks, as measured by the Russell 3000, had their first calendar year decline since 2008.  The volatility in the equity markets seemed[.....]

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US Stocks posted another volatile week, but ended with gains after positive economic numbers reduced near term recession fears.  The S&P 500 gained 1.9% and the Dow rose 1.6% for the week.  Internationally, Japan dropped 2.3% and Europe jumped 2.1% for the week.  Oil rallied as well ending the week up 5.8% at $47.96 a[.....]

The post Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through January 5th appeared first on Raffa Wealth Management.

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US stocks dropped again in December nearing bear market territory before rebounding partially to end the month.  It was the worst year for US stocks since the financial crisis.  Fears of slowing global growth dominated investors’ minds over the month.  Also weighing on stocks were the future moves of the Fed, the trade squabble with[.....]

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After an extremely volatile week for stocks the market ended up.  The S&P 500 gained 2.9% and the Dow dropped 2.7% for the week.  Internationally, Japan fell 0.8% and Europe ticked down 0.1% for the week.  Oil ended the week down slightly to $45.33 a barrel, but is off 41% from its October high.  The[.....]

The post Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through December 29th appeared first on Raffa Wealth Management.

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Global stocks sank over the week on continuing concerns over global growth.  The S&P 500 was down 1.3% and the Dow fell 1.2% for the week.  Internationally, Europe gained 0.6%, while Japan dropped 1.4% for the week.  The yield on the 10-year Treasury edged up to end the week at 2.89%.  Oil declined 2.7% to

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