Moffitt Named AFG Senior Partner

Michael Moffitt of Cornerstone Financial Group was named Senior Partner with Advantage Financial Group (AFG) during the company’s Business Forum last month. AFG, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provides independent financial advisors like Mr. Moffitt with access to financial products, intellectual capital and specialized resources to pursue their clients’ sophisticated financial needs.

AFG Senior Partner status does not automatically come with tenure; it is awarded to those who meet exacting standards. In order to be considered, a nominee must have a minimum of 15 years of industry experience, at least five years with AFG. AFG’s Partner Committee evaluates Senior Partner nominees and presents them to the Senior Partners for a vote. Those nominees who receive approval are presented to AFG’s Board of Directors for a final vote.

Senior Partner nominees are evaluated for the following qualities:

  • Demonstrated significant success within their individual practice
  • Operation exhibits a strong culture of Regulatory Compliance
  • A value-added skill set is brought to AFG with the ability to demonstrate thought leadership and technical competence
  • In-depth knowledge of AFG and the Financial Services industry
  • Willingness to participate in or lead an operating committee
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to mentor and train

Joseph Russo, Chairman and CEO of AFG, noted the many years of devoted service to Mike’s clients and his partners. “Mike Moffitt makes the lives of his clients and his partners better as a result of his diligence and skill. We are pleased to recognize his senior ranking at AFG.”

Mike Moffitt of Cornerstone Financial Group may be reached at ph# 641-782-5577 or email:  mikem@cfgiowa.com 

website:  www.cfgiowa.com

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Advantage Investment Management, a registered investment advisor. Advantage Investment Management, Advantage Financial Group and Cornerstone Financial Group are separate entities from LPL Financial.

 

Welcome Jeremy Lyons, CRPC®

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Cornerstone Financial Group is happy to welcome Jeremy Lyons to the firm. Jeremy has come on board as part of the growth and evolution of our financial services practice. He was with Ameriprise Financial Services for 6 years and comes to us from Trend Financial in Ames, Iowa where he served as an Investment Advisor Representative. Jeremy is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and has a keen eye for investment research and analysis. He retains the Series 7, 63 and 65 securities registrations held with LPL Financial, and a thorough understanding of investments.

Mike Moffitt, Cornerstone Financial Group owner and president, “Jeremy I feel is the best choice to help me to continue to expand Cornerstone Financial Group in the coming years. I think when you have a chance to meet him you will agree.”

Jeremy graduated from Iowa State University where he was a four year letter winner and Captain of the Iowa State Golf Team. After college, he continued his golf career by turning professional and competing on mini-tours for three years. Jeremy has continued his relationship with Iowa State University by serving as a board member for the ISU Letterwinners Club. Jeremy and his wife Elizabeth reside in Polk City with their two small children Lydia and Adam.

Join us in welcoming Jeremy!

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update February 28, 2014

MORE MILD INFLATION

Consumer prices ticked up 0.1% for January while wholesale prices rose 0.2%. Analysts polled by MarketWatch expected both the headline Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index to advance 0.1%. The bigger news item (perhaps) is that the Labor Department altered its calculation of producer prices for the first time in 36 years. The definitive PPI is now called the PPI Final Demand index, and it measures prices received for exports, services, federal government purchases and construction in addition to those of finished goods.1,2

POOR HOME SALES TO START THE YEAR

The annual pace of existing home sales hit an 18-month low in January; the National Association of Realtors announced 5.1% monthly and yearly declines in residential resales. The good news? Inventory continues to expand (+2.2% in January) and the median existing home price was $188,900 last month, up 10.7% from a year ago.3

OIL TOPS $102, GOLD ADVANCES FOR A THIRD WEEK

NYMEX crude for April delivery settled at $102.20 a barrel Friday, rising 1.9% for the week. Unrest in Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey and other emerging markets also influenced the 0.4% gain for COMEX gold futures last week – the precious metal settled Friday at $1,323.60 per ounce.4

NASDAQ ADDS TO YTD GAINS

The tech-heavy benchmark rose 0.46% during this past abbreviated trading week, wrapping up Friday at 4,263.41; in contrast, the Dow and S&P 500 each slipped a bit over four days. After a 0.32% weekly loss, the Dow stood at 16,103.30. The S&P settled Friday at 1,836.25, losing 0.13% on the week.5

THIS WEEK: Berkshire Hathaway, Hertz and Live Nation announce earnings Monday. Tuesday, the Conference Board publishes its February consumer confidence index, the December Case-Shiller and FHFA home price indices appear, and Big 5, Office Depot, CoreLogic, Metro PCS, Papa John’s, Toll Brothers, Macy’s, Home Depot, Alleghany, Molycorp, Dreamworks and Cracker Barrel all present earnings. Wednesday offers January new home sales numbers and earnings from Baidu, TJX, Starwood Hotels, JC Penney and U.S. Cellular. Thursday, Fed chair Janet Yellen reports to Congress and new initial claims figures and data on January hard goods orders arrive; quarterly results come from Salesforce, Wendy’s, Hilton, Monster, Sempra Energy, Main Street Capital and Republic Airways. Friday brings the month’s final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index, NAR’s report on January pending home sales, and the second federal estimate of Q4 GDP.

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Securities offered through LPL Financial (LPL), Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Advantage Investment Management, a registered investment advisor. Cornerstone Financial Group and Advantage Investment Management are separate entities from LPL Financial.

The fast price swings in commodities, precious metals and currencies will result in significant volatility in an investor’s holdings.

Precious metal investing is subject to substantial fluctuation and potential for loss.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by the urban consumers for a market basket of consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.

This material was prepared by MarketingLibrary.Net Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks.

The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions – the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.

Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in accounting standards. This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments will fluctuate and when redeemed may be worth more or less than when originally invested. All economic and performance data is historical and not indicative of future results. Market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional.

Citations.
1 – marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic [2/21/14]
2 – bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-18/producer-price-index-in-u-s-gets-first-overhaul-since-1978.html [2/18/14]
3 – 247wallst.com/housing/2014/02/21/january-sales-of-existing-homes-at-18-month-low/ [2/21/14]
4 – proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/52249/gold-rises-05-oil-above-102-52249.html [2/21/14]
5 – fxstreet.com/news/forex-news/article.aspx?storyid=f0ae7598-7cbc-41c0-a5ff-1f741e2d583b [2/21/14]

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update – February 3, 2014

CONSUMER MORALE, CONSUMER SPENDING IMPROVE

On Friday, the Commerce Department announced that consumer spending rose 0.4% in December, even as consumer incomes stayed flat. The University of Michigan’s final January consumer sentiment index came in at 81.2 (up 0.8 points from December) and the Conference Board’s January consumer confidence index posted a reading of 80.7 (up 3.2 points from last month). Analysts surveyed by Briefing.com thought both indices would be flat for January.1

HOME SALES DIP, BUT PRICES RISE

Brutal weather sent pending home sales down 8.7% in December to a 43-month low, as reported by the National Association of Realtors. The Census Bureau measured a 7.0% drop in new home buying last month. In better news, November’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed a 13.7% yearly advance (the best 12-month gain in housing values since February 2006), and new home prices rose 8.4% in 2013.2,3

FEWER ORDERS FOR BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Durable goods orders fell 4.3% in December, but the Census Bureau said the retreat was only 1.6% when transportation orders were factored out. This was a switch from the (revised) 3.4% gain in hard goods orders in November.1

FED TAPERS FURTHER, STOCKS SLIP

As expected, the Federal Reserve announced last week that it would reduce its monthly bond purchases by another $10 billion starting in February. Wall Street struggled for most of the week, with the 5-day performances as follows: DJIA, -1.13% to 15,698.85; NASDAQ, -0.59% to 4,103.88; S&P 500, -0.43% to 1,782.59.4,5

THIS WEEK: On Monday, Janet Yellen will be sworn in as Fed chair, ISM puts out its January manufacturing PMI, the Commerce Department issues December auto sales figures, and Anadarko, Hartford Financial, Yum! Brands and Sysco release quarterly results. SiriusXM, Archer Daniels Midland, Michael Kors and Aflac post earnings Tuesday, and data on December factory orders also arrives. Wednesday brings January’s ISM service sector index, January’s ADP employment report and earnings from Merck, Time Warner, Green Mountain Coffee, Aramark, Allstate, CBRE, Yelp!, Ralph Lauren, Marathon Oil, Walt Disney, Twitter, Tesoro and Pandora. Thursday, earnings from AOL, Expedia, Zynga, GM, Kellogg, Aetna, Towers Watson, Fidelity, Activision Blizzard, Vulcan Materials, Monster, Phillip Morris, Invacare, Amtech, 21st Century Fox, Lions Gate, Universal and LinkedIn all arrive, plus new initial claims figures and a new Challenger job-cut report. Friday, the Labor Department releases the January employment report.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

-5.30

+13.26

+19.24

+4.97

NASDAQ

-1.74

+30.61

+35.59

+9.86

S&P 500

-3.56

+18.99

+23.17

+5.76

REAL YIELD

1/31 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

0.53%

-0.57%

1.73%

1.85%

«RepresentativeDisclosure»

The S&P / Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index measures the change in the value of U.S. residential housing market. The S&P / Chase-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index tracks the growth in value of real estate by following the purchase price and resale value of homes that have undergone a minimum of two arm’s-length transactions. The index is named for its creators, Karl Case and Robert Shiller.

The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (MCSI) is a survey of consumer confidence conducted by the University of Michigan. The MCSI uses telephone surveys to gather information on consumer expectations regarding the overall economy.

This material was prepared by MarketingLibrary.Net Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. Marketing Library.Net Inc. is not affiliated with any broker or brokerage firm that may be providing this information to you. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks.

The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions – the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.

Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in accounting standards. This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments will fluctuate and when redeemed may be worth more or less than when originally invested.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance data is historical and not indicative of future results. Market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional.

Citations.
1 – briefing.com/investor/calendars/economic/2014/01/27-31 [1/31/14]
2 – bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-30/pending-sales-of-u-s-existing-homes-slump-most-since-may-2010.html [1/30/14]
3 – foxbusiness.com/economy-policy/2014/01/27/new-home-sales-slide-7-in-december/ [1/27/14]
4 – marketwatch.com/story/fed-stays-the-course-by-tapering-another-10-billion-2014-01-29 [1/29/14]
5 – google.com/finance?q=INDEXDJX%3A.DJI%2CINDEXSP%3A.INX%2CINDEXNASDAQ%3A.IXIC&ei=ABvsUviuDeetiQKN3QE&gl=us [1/31/14]
6 – usatoday.com/money/markets/overview/ [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F31%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F31%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F31%2F13&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F30%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F30%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F30%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F30%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F30%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F30%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/31/14]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [1/31/14]
9 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [1/31/14]

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update January 27, 2014

MORE HOMES MOVE IN DECEMBER

Last month saw a 1.0% gain in existing home sales, a nice change for this key economic indicator after a few subpar months. Analysts surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires anticipated sales improving 0.6%. The National Association of Realtors did revise November’s sales decline to 5.9% (it had been 4.3%).1,2

GAUGE OF NEAR-TERM PROSPECTS EDGES HIGHER

The Conference Board’s index of leading indicators – intended to assess economic prospects for the next 3-6 months – ticked up 0.1% for December. Additionally, the CB revised the November gain of the index from 0.8% to 1.0%.1

GOLD RALLY CONTINUES

Futures advanced for a fifth straight week, settling Friday at $1,264.30 an ounce on the COMEX after rising 1.0% in 5 days, helped by a wave of disappointing economic news from overseas. The precious metal hasn’t had such a long winning streak since September 2012.3

STOCKS STAGE A MAJOR RETREAT

Weak manufacturing data from China and an exit from emerging market currencies triggered a 2-day global selloff at the end of last week. The Argentine peso dropped 15% in 5 days, and the Russian ruble, South African rand and Brazil real also slumped. As a result, the DJIA had its poorest week in more than 2 years (-3.52%). The Nasdaq lost 1.65% for the week while the S&P 500 fell 2.63%. At the close Friday, here was where the big three stood: S&P, 1,790.29; DJIA, 15,879.11; NASDAQ, 4,128.17.4,5

THIS WEEK:  Monday brings Q4 results from Apple and Caterpillar and the Census Bureau’s report on December new home sales. On Tuesday, investors will consider the Conference Board’s January consumer confidence index, the November Case-Shiller home price index, December durable goods orders and earnings from Amgen, Ford Motor Co., Yahoo, Comcast, AT&T, Siemens and Pfizer. The earnings parade continues Wednesday with quarterly results from Dow Chemical, Novartis, Qualcomm, Boeing and Biogen – and the Federal Reserve makes a policy announcement. Thursday, NAR reports December pending home sales, the first federal estimate of Q4 growth appears, and earnings arrive from Amazon, Google, Banco Santander, Ericsson, LVMH, Royal Dutch Shell, H&M, Exxon Mobil, Visa, UPS and 3M. Friday, the Commerce Department issues its December personal spending report, the University of Michigan’s final January consumer sentiment index appears, and earnings arrive from Chevron, MasterCard and BBVA.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

-4.21

+14.86

+19.32

+5.03

NASDAQ

-1.16

+31.87

+35.89

+9.44

S&P 500

-3.14

+19.77

+23.04

+5.68

REAL YIELD

1/24 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

0.61%

-0.62%

1.93%

1.82%

Sources: USATODAY.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 1/24/146,7,8,9
Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly.
These returns do not include dividends.


«RepresentativeDisclosure»

Precious metal investing is subject to substantial fluctuation and potential for loss.

The fast price swings in commodities, precious metals and currencies will result in significant volatility in an investor’s holdings.

This material was prepared by MarketingLibrary.Net Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. Marketing Library.Net Inc. is not affiliated with any broker or brokerage firm that may be providing this information to you. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks.

The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions – the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.

Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in accounting standards. This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments will fluctuate and when redeemed may be worth more or less than when originally invested.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance data is historical and not indicative of future results. Market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional.

Citations.
1 – nasdaq.com/article/european-markets-pulled-back-on-weak-chinese-data–earnings-20140123-00763 [1/23/14]
2 – tinyurl.com/mav8xv6 [1/22/14]
3 – proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/52211/gold-climbs-again-friday-longest-rally-since-september-2012-52211.html [1/24/14]
4 – thestreet.com/story/marketstory.html [1/24/14]
5 – businessweek.com/news/2014-01-24/argentina-to-ease-fx-controls-after-peso-fell-most-in-12-years [1/24/14]
6 – usatoday.com/money/markets/overview/ [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F24%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F24%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F24%2F13&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F23%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F23%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F23%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F23%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F23%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F23%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/24/14]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [1/24/14]
9 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [1/24/14]

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update January 20, 2014

INFLATION RISES IN DECEMBER

Labor Department reports showed the Consumer Price Index up 0.3% last month (with core CPI rising 0.1%) and the Producer Price Index advancing 0.4% (core PPI went north 0.3%). If these spikes foreshadow greater inflation for 2014, they do little to alter the big picture of 2013 – a year in which consumer prices increased only 1.5% and wholesale prices rose just 1.2%. Annualized consumer inflation is beneath the Federal Reserve’s 2.0% target and hasn’t exceeded 2% for two years. The last two consecutive years in which consumer prices rose less than 2% were 1997-98.1,2

A MILD LIFT FOR RETAILERS

Economists polled by Briefing.com thought retail sales would be flat in December. They rose 0.2% instead (0.7% with auto buying factored out). The Census Bureau revised November’s 0.7% advance down to 0.4%.3

CONSUMER SENTIMENT MISSES EXPECTATIONS

The initial January consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan took a major dip, dropping to 80.4 from the final December figure of 82.5. The consensus forecast of analysts surveyed by Briefing.com was for a much higher reading – 83.0.3

LESS GROUNDBREAKING AT YEAR’S END

This is hardly surprising given winter weather: the Census Bureau reported a 9.8% drop in housing starts for December, plus a 3.0% decline in building permits. For 2013, housing starts increased 18.3% and permits 17.5%.4

NASDAQ OUT OF THE RED YTD

Thanks to a 0.55% 5-day advance, the tech-heavy Nasdaq became the first of the big three to go positive so far for 2014. The Dow gained 0.13% last week; the S&P 500 retreated 0.20%. Friday, the indices settled as follows: DJIA, 16,458.56; NASDAQ, 4,197.58; S&P, 1,838.70.5

THIS WEEK: Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and U.S. stock and bond markets are closed; overseas, China’s government releases Q4 and 2013 GDP numbers. Tuesday brings earnings from Delta Airlines, Texas Instruments, Verizon, Halliburton, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, TD Ameritrade and The Travelers. More earnings reports arrive Wednesday from eBay, Logitech, Netflix and SanDisk, and the annual World Economic Forum begins in Switzerland. Thursday offers data on December existing home sales and initial jobless claims, Q4 results from Altera and Alaska Airlines and the Conference Board’s December leading indicators index. Friday, nothing major is scheduled.

 

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

-0.71

+21.05

+19.75

+5.53

NASDAQ

+0.50

+33.85

+34.89

+9.61

S&P 500

-0.52

+24.16

+23.26

+6.13

REAL YIELD

1/17 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

0.58%

-0.64%

1.81%

1.83%

«RepresentativeDisclosure»

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by the urban consumers for a market basket of consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.

The Producer Price Index (PPI) program measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. The prices included in the PPR are from the first commercial transaction for many products and services.

The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (MCSI) is a survey of consumer confidence conducted by the University of Michigan. The MCSI uses telephone surveys to gather information on consumer expectations regarding the overall economy.

This material was prepared by MarketingLibrary.Net Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. Marketing Library.Net Inc. is not affiliated with any broker or brokerage firm that may be providing this information to you. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks.

The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions – the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.

Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in accounting standards. This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments will fluctuate and when redeemed may be worth more or less than when originally invested.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance data is historical and not indicative of future results. Market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional.

Citations.
1 – forbes.com/sites/kitconews/2014/01/16/subdued-inflation-offers-little-help-to-gold/ [1/16/14]
2 – investing.com/news/economic-indicators/u.s.-ppi-rises-0.4-in-december,-core-ppi-up-0.3-260436 [1/15/14]
3 – briefing.com/investor/calendars/economic/2014/01/13-17 [1/17/14]
4 – esa.doc.gov/economic-indicators/economic-indicators-6 [1/17/14]
5 – thestreet.com/story/12244254/1/markets-hustle-stocks-mixed-amid-lackluster-earnings.html [1/17/14]
6 – usatoday.com/money/markets/overview/ [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F17%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F17%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F17%2F13&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F16%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F16%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F16%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F16%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F16%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F16%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/17/14]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [1/17/14]
9 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [1/17/14]

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update January 13, 2014

INTERPRETING A PERPLEXING JOBS REPORT

Why did the economy generate only 74,000 new jobs last month? Why did 347,000 people drop out of the job hunt to leave the labor participation rate at 62.8%, the lowest in 35 years? Was it the weather? Maybe. As a note from Capital Economics mentions, the Labor Department found that 273,000 people were unable to work last month because of weather conditions, well above the December average of 166,000. The jobless rate fell to a 5-year low of 6.7% in the final month of 2013, but that was largely due to older workers retiring and the thinning ranks of job seekers. November’s job growth was revised upward by 38,000 to 241,000.1,2

A BIT LESS GROWTH IN THE SERVICE SECTOR

December’s non-manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) from the Institute for Supply Management came in at 53.0, down from the prior 53.9 mark. Although 53.0 is the weakest reading in six months, it signifies expansion. Data from Markit showed service-sector PMIs in China (50.9) and the euro area (51.0) also down slightly last month.

FACTORY ORDERS REBOUND IN DECEMBER

The latest report from the Commerce Department noted a 1.8% monthly rise in orders placed with U.S. manufacturers. November’s retreat in factory orders was revised down to 0.5%.3

A MIXED WEEK ON WALL STREET

The first full trading week of 2014 brought 5-day gains for the S&P 500 (0.60%) and Nasdaq (1.03%) but a 0.20% pullback for the Dow. Friday, the big three closed as follows: DJIA, 16,437.05; NASDAQ, 4,174.67; S&P, 1,842.37.4

THIS WEEK: Nothing major is scheduled for Monday. Tuesday offers Q4 results from Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase and December retail sales numbers. Wednesday, Bank of America, Kinder Morgan, Fastenal, CSX and Plexus announce earnings, and a new Federal Reserve Beige Book and the December PPI arrive. Thursday brings the December CPI, the January NAHB Housing Market Index, the latest initial jobless claims, remarks by Ben Bernanke at a special Brookings Institution conference on central banking, and earnings from UnitedHealth, BB&T, American Express, Intel, Goldman Sachs, Capital One, BlackRock, Citigroup, Charles Schwab, First Republic Bank and PNC Financial. Friday offers data on December industrial output, housing starts, and building permits and the month’s initial consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan; General Electric, Comerica, Bank of NY Mellon, Morgan Stanley, Schlumberger and SunTrust all post earnings.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

-0.84

+22.02

+18.23

+5.72

NASDAQ

-0.05

+33.73

+33.13

+10.00

S&P 500

-0.32

+25.15

+21.39

+6.42

REAL YIELD

1/10 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

0.59%

-0.62%

1.87%

1.89%

«RepresentativeDisclosure»

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) index is based on surveys of more than 300 manufacturing firms by the Institute of Supply Management. The ISM Manufacturing Index monitors employment, production inventories, new orders, and supplier deliveries. A composite diffusion index is created that monitors conditions in national manufacturing based on the data from these surveys.

Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector. The PMI index is based on five major indicators: new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries and the employment environment.

This material was prepared by MarketingLibrary.Net Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. Marketing Library.Net Inc. is not affiliated with any broker or brokerage firm that may be providing this information to you. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks.

The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions – the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.

Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in accounting standards. This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments will fluctuate and when redeemed may be worth more or less than when originally invested.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance data is historical and not indicative of future results. Market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional.

Citations.
1 – tinyurl.com/l9ywkdk [1/10/14]
2 – forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2014/01/10/jobs-report-u-s-economy-added-just-74k-jobs-in-december-unemployment-down-to-6-7/ [1/10/14]
3 – bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-06/ism-non-manufacturing-index-in-u-s-fell-to-53-in-december.html [1/6/14]
4 – thestreet.com/story/marketstory.html [1/10/14]
5 – usatoday.com/money/markets/overview/ [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=12%2F27%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=12%2F27%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F10%2F13&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F9%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F9%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F9%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F9%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F9%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F9%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/10/14]
7 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [1/10/14]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [1/10/14]

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update January 6, 2014

A MAJOR GAIN FOR A CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX

The Conference Board’s monthly gauge of consumer confidence came in at 78.1 for December, beating the 76.0 median forecast from economists polled by Bloomberg. In November, it stood at 72.0. The index is way up from where it once was: its average reading was just 53.7 during the 2007-09 recession.1

HOME PRICES, HOME SALES CONTRACTS INCREASE

While existing home sales have fallen in recent months, the National Association of Realtors offered some positive news last week – pending home sales increased 0.2% in November, a contrast to October’s 1.2% retreat. The October S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed a 13.6% yearly gain in property prices measured across 20 cities, improved 0.3% from the September edition; that is the best annual gain the Case-Shiller index has recorded since February 2006.1,2

FACTORIES HUM IN DECEMBER

December’s manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) from the Institute for Supply Management offered a reading of 57.0 – down from 57.3% in November, but still a mark of solid expansion in the factory sector. Analysts polled by MarketWatch expected the index to decline to 56.6.2

BULLS TAKE A BREATHER AS 2014 BEGINS

Speaking in Philadelphia Friday, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke asserted that the economy has made “considerable progress”, and that there are “grounds for cautious optimism abroad.” His remarks didn’t give stocks much of a lift to end the week. From December 30-January 3, the S&P 500 lost 0.54%, the Dow 0.05% and the Nasdaq 0.59%. The closing prices Friday: Dow, 16,469.99; Nasdaq, 4,131.91; S&P, 1,831.37.3

THIS WEEK:

On Monday, ISM’s December service sector index and the Census Bureau’s report on December factory orders arrive, and the Senate is expected to approve Janet Yellen’s appointment as Fed chair. Tuesday offers earnings from The Container Store, Apollo Group and Micron. The minutes from the December 17-18 Fed policy meeting will be released on Wednesday, along with the December ADP job-change report and earnings from Family Dollar, Ruby Tuesday, Monsanto and Constellation Brands. Thursday brings December’s Challenger job-cut report, the latest round of initial jobless claims, and earnings news from Supervalu, Alcoa, Texas Industries and PriceSmart. The Labor Department publishes its December employment report on Friday.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

-0.64

+22.99

+16.46

+5.82

NASDAQ

-1.07

+33.26

+30.63

+10.59

S&P 500

-0.92

+25.49

+19.31

+6.52

REAL YIELD

1/3 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

0.75%

-0.54%

2.29%

2.06%


«RepresentativeDisclosure»

The S&P / Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index measures the change in the value of U.S. residential housing market. The S&P / Chase-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index tracks the growth in value of real estate by following the purchase price and resale value of homes that have undergone a minimum of two arm’s-length transactions. The index is named for its creators, Karl Case and Robert Shiller.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) index is based on surveys of more than 300 manufacturing firms by the Institute of Supply Management. The ISM Manufacturing Index monitors employment, production inventories, new orders, and supplier deliveries. A composite diffusion index is created that monitors conditions in national manufacturing based on the data from these surveys.

Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector. The PMI index is based on five major indicators: new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries and the employment environment.

This material was prepared by MarketingLibrary.Net Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. Marketing Library.Net Inc. is not affiliated with any broker or brokerage firm that may be providing this information to you. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks. The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions – the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.

Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in accounting standards. This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments will fluctuate and when redeemed may be worth more or less than when originally invested.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance data is historical and not indicative of future results. Market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional.

Citations.
1 – sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Consumer-Confidence-Index-in-U-S-Increased-to-5111693.php [1/3/14]
2 – marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic [1/3/14]
3 – thestreet.com/story/12201583/1/market-hustle-stocks-rebound-ahead-of-bernanke-speech.html [1/3/14]
4 – money.cnn.com/data/markets/dow [1/3/14]
5 – money.cnn.com/data/markets/nasdaq/ [1/3/14]
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7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=12%2F27%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=12%2F27%2F12&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F3%2F13&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F2%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F2%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F2%2F09&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=1%2F2%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=1%2F2%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=1%2F2%2F04&x=0&y=0 [1/3/14]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [1/3/14]
9 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [1/3/14]

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update August 26, 2013

ARE COSTLIER MORTGAGES IMPACTING HOME SALES?

On Friday, the Census Bureau announced an unexpected 13.4% drop in new home purchases for July. In contrast to that news, the National Association of Realtors stated that existing home sales rose 6.5% last month. So what is the takeaway here? Most new home purchase contracts close months in the future, and many buyers of existing homes may have locked in the rates of home loans in spring. Is the dip in new home buying a direct, alarming reflection of the recent jump in mortgage rates? Will it give the Federal Reserve pause about tapering?1

LEADING INDICATORS RISE IN JULY

The 0.6% increase in the Conference Board Leading Economic Index was a nice change after its flat June reading. The LEI now stands at 96.0, edging closer to its original mark of 100. From February to July, it rose 2.0%; in the preceding six months, it rose 1.1%.2

GOLD CLIMBS BACK TOWARD $1,400

Friday’s COMEX settlement price was the highest since June: $1,395.80 per ounce. The troubling news about new home sales may have had an effect. NYMEX crude also gained $1.39 Friday, settling at $106.42.3

STOCKS REGAIN SOME MOMENTUM

Last week saw two unusual occurrences in the financial world: a three-hour trading interruption for the NASDAQ on Thursday, and a Federal Reserve symposium in Jackson Hole, WY without the presence of Ben Bernanke. The S&P 500 rose 0.46% in five days to settle at 1,663.50 Friday. The NASDAQ also advanced; its 1.52% weekly rise brought it to 3,657.79 at week’s end. As for the Dow, it declined 0.47% across five days to 15,010.51.4

THIS WEEK: Monday brings the July durable goods orders report from the Census Bureau. The June S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index and the Conference Board’s August consumer confidence poll both arrive Tuesday. Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors provides numbers on July pending home sales. The second estimate of Q2 GDP (Gross Domestic Product) appears Thursday, courtesy of the Bureau of Economic Analysis; the latest initial jobless claims figures also become available. On Friday, August ends with the month’s final consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan and the Commerce Department’s report on July consumer spending.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

+14.55

+14.96

+5.82

+6.06

NASDAQ

+21.14

+19.79

+10.30

+10.72

S&P 500

+16.64

+18.65

+5.75

+6.75

REAL YIELD

8/23 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

0.69%

-0.62%

1.69%

2.26%

Sources: usatoday.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 8/23/135,6,7,8
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks.

The NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) is the world’s largest physical commodity futures exchange and the preeminent trading forum for energy and precious metals, with trading conducted through two divisions – the NYMEX Division, home to the energy, platinum, and palladium markets, and the COMEX Division, on which all other metals trade.

Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic instability and differences in accounting standards.

This material represents an assessment of the market environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Investments will fluctuate and when redeemed may be worth more or less than when originally invested.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance data is historical and not indicative of future results. Market indices discussed are unmanaged. Investors cannot invest in unmanaged indices.

The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional.

Citations.

1 – nasdaq.com/article/what-happened-to-new-home-sales-real-time-insight-cm269852 [8/23/13]

2 – tinyurl.com/lhm84lb [8/22/13]

3 – abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/corn-prices-drop-percent-metals-oil-rise-20041509 [8/23/13]

4 – thestreet.com/story/12017038/1/stocks-opens-higher-as-microsoft-jumps.html [8/23/13]

5 – usatoday.idmanagedsolutions.com/stocks/overview.idms?index=DJIA [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=8%2F23%2F12&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=8%2F23%2F12&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=8%2F23%2F12&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=8%2F22%2F08&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=8%2F22%2F08&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=8%2F22%2F08&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=8%2F22%2F03&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=8%2F22%2F03&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=8%2F22%2F03&x=0&y=0 [8/23/13]

7 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [8/23/13]

8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [8/23/13]

CFGIowa Weekly Economic Update June 25, 2013

June 24, 2013
FED OUTLINES END FOR STIMULUS, STOCKS SLIP

Last Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke shared the central bank’s vision for winding down its current aggressive easing effort – the potential tapering of QE3 by late 2013, and the end of the program by mid-2014 if economic conditions permit. Wall Street reacted abruptly – the Dow sank more than 550 points in less than two trading sessions. In the near term, the Fed will keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month and maintain interest rates at near-zero levels.1,2

INFLATION PRESSURE MINIMAL IN MAY

The 0.1% rise in the Consumer Price Index last month put yearly inflation at 1.4%, well under the Fed’s 2.0% target. Energy prices rose 0.4% in May but fell 1.0% in a year; medical costs declined 0.1% for May, the first monthly decrease since 1975.3

EXISTING HOME SALES IMPROVE

The National Association of Realtors reported a 4.2% jump in residential resales for May, with the annualized sales pace topping the 5 million mark for the first time in 3½ years. From May 2012 to May 2013, the median price of an existing home rose 15.4% to $208,000 as the number of listings on the market shrank 10.1%.4

LEADING INDICATORS EDGE NORTH 0.1% IN MAY

Slight improvement was seen in the Conference Board’s latest barometer of the economic outlook for the next 3-6 months, but economists surveyed by Bloomberg thought it would rise 0.2%. April’s gain was revised up to 0.8%.4

A WILD RIDE FOR STOCKS

Volatility was rampant last week on Wall Street, and so were losses. In five days, the S&P 500 slipped 2.11% to 1,592.43, the Dow lost 1.80% to 14,799.40 and the NASDAQ fell 1.94% to 3,357.25.5

THIS WEEK: Nothing major is scheduled for Monday. Tuesday brings the April Case-Shiller and FHFA home price indices, the Conference Board’s June consumer confidence poll, reports on May hard goods orders and new home sales and earnings from Lennar, Carnival, Walgreens and Barnes & Noble. Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its final estimate of Q1 GDP, and earnings arrive from Monsanto, Bed Bath & Beyond and General Mills. The latest initial jobless claims figures come in Thursday, along with NAR’s report on May pending home sales, the Commerce Department’s report on May consumer spending and earnings news from KBHome, ConAgra, Nike and Accenture. Friday brings the final June University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey and earnings from Blackberry.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

+12.94

+17.70

+4.99

+6.08

NASDAQ

+11.19

+17.42

+7.91

+10.41

S&P 500

+11.66

+20.14

+4.17

+5.99

REAL YIELD

6/21 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

0.59%

-0.47%

1.72%

1.77%

 

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