Change may be difficult, especially when you try to change your financial habits. The process might be easier if you take an incremental approach. Do you want to get on top of your finances this year? Are you looking for ways to improve your fiscal health? Here are 12 financial resolutions to consider.
TLWM Market Updates
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. One thing for all of us to be thankful for is the recent rally in stocks. The S&P 500 was up about 5.4% for November, and is now up about 13.8% for the quarter. While this improvement is encouraging, we still have a long way to go as the index is still down approximately
If you struggle to find a gift for the person who has everything—or want to do your holiday shopping without having to leave the house—consider giving stock as a gift. Doing so is easier than you think, and it may offer a few benefits for you as well. Here is some information on giving stock as gifts and the benefits of doing so.
There’s no question that November and December are the biggest times of year for shopping. But this year, it’s more important than ever to shop small and benefit your community.
Supporting local businesses means you’re supporting your friends and neighbors. And you’re likely to find unique items in mom-and-pop shops that you can’t find anywhere else.
For many of us, a new year is an opportunity for fresh starts and discovering the best versions of ourselves, but some things—like tax contributions and retirement deadlines—don't change much, if at all. And with that shiny new year right around the corner, meeting end of year deadlines and getting tax efficiencies in place now may prepare us for a smoother transition.
The final quarter of the year started well for stocks as the S&P 500 rallied about 8% in October. While the reprieve was welcomed by investors the S&P 500 is still down about 19% for the year. Interest rates continued to march higher during the month as the 10 Year Treasury closed the month yielding over 4%, and the 30-year mortgage rate over 7%. (YCharts)
Concerns are still centered on inflation, Fed policy and the increased chances of recession. Our economic dashboard once again showed further deterioration with the inversion of our yield curve indicator. This is reflective of the increasing recession risk we’ve seen throughout the year. As such, we have been defensively positioned with a portion of our growth portfolio throughout much of this year. This defensive positioning has been beneficial, and we are now thinking about how to take advantage of the cash we have on the sidelines by looking for potential opportunities to put our defensive allocation back to work.