Financial Insights

3Q2017 Earnings Preview: Slower, but Still Solid!

This week is the beginning of the 3rd Quarter earnings season, and LPL Research gives us an overview of what to expect.  “Third quarter earnings season gets underway this week (October 9–13) and it should be another good one. The S&P 500 Index has exceeded earnings expectations 33 straight quarters and we see no reason why the third quarter won’t make it 34.” Key takeaways from LPL Financial include: We expect another solid quarter of earnings growth, but a third straight double-digit increase for S&P 500 profits appears unlikely. Hurricane impacts, tougher comparisons, and a lack of contribution beyond technology and energy present earnings growth headwinds. Hurricane impacts aside, we have several reasons to be optimistic, including solid manufacturing data, recent U.S. dollar weakness, and resilient estimates. Read more from LPL Financial’s John Lynch, Chief Investment Strategist, and Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA Equity Strategist.

October…Traditionally a Volatile Month?

  According to LPL Research, “October 2017 ushers in shorter days and cooler weather, but the global bull market shows few signs of slowing down.” Key takeaways from the most recent Weekly Market Commentary include: October is historically the most volatile month for equities. An election in Japan and interest rate decisions from the BOJ and ECB are on tap this month, only adding to potential movement. Initial third quarter GDP will be released, while third quarter earnings season begins. Read more from LPL Financial’s Ryan Detrick, CMT Senior Market Strategist, and John Lynch, Chief Investment Strategist.

Sun Signs – Looking Good!

August 21, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

As Burt White, Chief Investment Officer, Managing Director of Research, LPL Financial says, “Markets seem to welcome when a solar eclipse comes around.”  Check out why here!

Bottom Line: Impressive Earnings Season!

Corporate America delivered another outstanding earnings season
with double-digit earnings growth, solid upside to forecasts, and generally upbeat outlooks from corporate management teams. LPL has been particularly impressed with the breadth of earnings gains and upside to revenue forecasts. Strong earnings continue to provide support for the stock market at elevated valuations, with the potential for more support from a reduced corporate tax rate next spring. Read the overview of the nearly completed second quarter 2017 earnings season from LPL Financial’s Burt White, Chief Investment Officer, and Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA Market Strategist.

Are Your Beliefs Blocking Your Financial Success?

July 20, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

Our biases and emotions can block investment success, but financial advisors can help.
By uncovering the behavioral biases that might affect our financial decisions, we may have a better chance of meeting long-term goals. Read more about six common barriers to investment success, from Franklin Templeton, here.

What You Need to Know About Retirement, At Every Age

July 12, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

Are you dreaming of retiring, someday, with your desired lifestyle? There are crucial steps for every age to help you make those dreams come true! Click here to read more from NBC News’ Kelsey Butler.