It would be easy to conclude the bull market in US stocks is over now that we have hit new highs. Many underinvested bears will proclaim stocks must be overvalued and it’s just a matter of time before the stock market takes it all back. But dig a little deeper into the fundamentals of the success story of American corporations. For instance, since hitting a low point in the financial crisis of 2009, dividends that are paid to shareholders have soared. For the stocks in the S&P 500, for instance, quarterly dividends have risen nearly 70%, and payments have surpassed the previous high set in 2007, just before the financial crisis hit.
SYM Definition: Downward pressure on the equity markets due to the looming potential start of sequestration on March 1st.
The media noise will continue to pick up this week as we approach the March 1st deadline for Congress to act or accept mandatory cuts in spending. Media accounts are positioning the sequester as a negative for economic growth and the stock market, but we doubt the looming spending cuts will be as negative as they are portrayed.
As the calendar moves toward the inevitable April 15thtax deadline, we’ll gather all the documentation we’ve acquired over the past twelve months and head to our CPA’s office or sit down at the computer to determine this year’s final tally. Whether you use tax software or rely on a tax professional, there are a number of important items to think about prior to filing. Consider whether the following items apply to you before submitting your return:
Charles Schwab President and CEO, Walt Bettinger,visited the Winona Lake headquarters of SYM Financial Advisors on Friday. Walt spent time with the SYM owners to solicit feedback and ensure that Schwab is meeting the needs of SYM clients. Bettinger assumed the role of President and CEO in 2008 when founder, Charles R. Schwab, stepped down.
The fiscal cliff has been addressed. Reading through the articles and summaries of the legislation last week, you might be led to think it only had to do with tax rates. However, as is most often the case, when you stop reading, you can miss out.
Andy joined SYM Financial in January of 2014. Most recently, he lectured courses in investments and portfolio management at Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business, the 17th-ranked undergraduate finance program in the country.