Financial Insights

The Bull Market Appears Alive & Kickin’!

September 26, 2017 | posted in: Financial Insights, LPL Weekly Market Commentary | by

The steady bull market—now the second largest—continues.
According to LPL Research, “The Dow just had its third nine-day win streak of 2017, which hasn’t happened within a single year since 1955. Can the rally continue? Key takeaways indicate that long-term technical indicators on equities continue to look strong. This is currently the second longest streak without a 3% correction for the S&P 500, suggesting volatility could come at any time. However, overall market sentiment continues to suggest that equity prices aren’t near a major peak.” Read more from LPL Financial’s Burt White, Chief Investment Officer, and Ryan Detrick, CMT Senior Market Strategist.

Growth Has Been on a Roll – What Lies Ahead?

September 19, 2017 | posted in: Financial Insights, LPL Weekly Market Commentary | by

According to LPL Research, “Growth has been on a roll. Based on the Russell 3000 style indexes, growth’s 18% year-to-date gain is 14% ahead of value’s 4% advance. Looking further back, this growth outperformance is nothing new. Over the past 10 years, including the entire financial crisis period of 2008 and 2009, growth has outpaced value by about 50%, representing the longest period of growth outperformance since style indexes began to gain a following about 40 years ago. Using Fama-French* data back to the 1930s, before the Russell indexes were created, this is the longest bull market ever for growth stocks. Due to this observation setting off contrarian alarm bells in our heads, this week we discuss the potential for a value rebound.” Key takeaways: Growth stock valuations appear rich; its run may be poised to pause or reverse. Economic growth is improving, which tends to favor value. Technical analysis suggests that the growth rally may be overextended. Read more from LPL Financial’s Burt White, Chief Investment Officer, and Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA Market Strategist.

How to Remain Financially Empowered During a Hurricane

September 6, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

To remain financially empowered following potential hurricane damage, implement these three planning steps: Review and Update | Gather and Organize | Protect

Sun Signs – Looking Good!

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.

What, me work? I just retired!

August 8, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

Working part time in retirement offers more than just extra income.
Opportunities for socializing, and exercise are among seven reasons why you might want to keep on working! Read more from U.S. News & World Report‘s Emily Brandon here.