September 2021 AAM Newsletter
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Stocks were higher in August on mostly positive economic data and positive corporate earnings.
Index performance Aug 2021____ YTD 2021_
- The S&P index +2.90% +20.41%
- Dow Jones industrial 30 +1.22% +15.53%
- The NASDAQ Index +4.00% +18.40%
- The Russell 2000 Small cap +2.13% +15.14%
- EAFE International Index +1.45% +10.51%
- The US Dollar +0.58% +3.04%
- Oil -7.37% +41.18%
- Gold +0.14% -4.38%
- 10-Year Treasury Yield 1.30% 0.92% on 12/31/2020
- 30-Year Treasury Yield 1.92% 1.65% on 12/31/2020
Volatility remained low in August for the S&P 500 index. The index began at 4,395, slipped to a low of 4,387 on 8/2 and then rallied higher to 4,522 at month end for a difference of 135 points or about 3.00% from low to high.
Technology stocks lead the way in August while value stocks under-performed.
Gold and the US Dollar were moderately higher while oil was solidly lower.
Stocks continue to grapple with higher inflation and increasing Covid cases versus positive (but slowing) economic and corporate data. September could be volatile depending on what data points the markets decide to pay more attention to. Any weakness could be a good buying opportunity in my opinion.
Please contact me if you have questions or simply just wish to talk about your plan. I can meet you in my office or virtually over the computer and I am here to help!
Recent US Economic Data
US Manufacturing – ISM manufacturing fell and missed expectations but remains strong.
Jobs – The August payroll report came in well below expectations adding 235,000 jobs, unemployment fell to 5.2% matching estimates and average hourly earnings were 0.6% higher and beat expectations
Housing Prices – Both Shiller and FHFA home prices rose with Shiller home prices beating expectations.
Housing starts – Housing starts fell and missed expectations while building permits rose and beat estimates.
Existing home sales – Rose and beat estimates.
GDP – 2Q GDP 2nd estimate came in at +6.6% matching estimates.
Retail Sales – Fell more than expected.
Leading indicators – Rose and beat estimates.
Durable goods orders – Fell and missed expectations.
Inflation data continued to be solidly higher – producer prices rose more than expected, consumer prices rose and matched, import prices and export prices both rose while PCE prices rose and matched expectations.
For weekly market updates please visit my blog at www.aamllc.com
Mortgage rates were slightly lower over the last month. The national average on mortgage as per Bloomberg.com shows the 15-year rate is now at 2.61% and the 30-year rate is at 3.25%. These rates are as of 9/9/2021 and may include points.
CD rates were mixed over the last month. Charles Schwab has access to CD’s from banks all over the country. Here are some of the current CD rates offered.
6 mo CD @ 0.05% 1-Yr CD @ 0.15%
2-Yr CD @ 0.40% 5-Yr CD @ 1.10%
Tips and Suggestions
The next quarterly estimated tax payments are due 09/15/2021 for the 3rd quarter of 2021. Go to www.IRS.gov to make your payment today (if needed).
It is time to plan for 2021! What would you like to accomplish this year? How much to you want to save and home much do you need to save to reach your financial goals?
Time to check your retirement contributions. Develop a cash flow plan to maximize your health savings account, 401k, 457, 403b or IRA contributions for 2021.
Is your estate plan up-to-date? This is a good time to review your estate plan and update your beneficiary designations.
If you have a child attending college next fall it is FAFSA time once again beginning 10/1. The sooner you fill out your FAFSA the better chance you have for financial aid.
Do you have children age 18 years or older? You may want to plan for an emergency by obtaining HIPPA authorizations or power-of-attorney so that you can get health information, if needed.
ABLE accounts are now available in the State of Michigan. ABLE accounts are for certain individuals with disabilities to accumulate funds for their long-term needs without disqualifying themselves for Medicaid. Check it out at www.miable.org or give me a call.
When is the last time you reviewed your insurance plan? Is your disability income keeping up with your income? Do you have any term life insurance policies expiring soon? Do you need additional coverage or less coverage? Let’s discuss.
Are you on track to meet your financial goals? Do you have a plan to get you where you want to be? If you do not you may not reach your goals. Let’s make a plan to Maximize your financial potential.
Do you need a debt payoff plan? Let’s work on one together.
Need help with your 401k? We can do a virtual meeting to allow me to help review your 401k online and help you rebalance. We can access the plan together online, I can give you control to log in and then we can discuss and make changes together. Let me know if you want to discuss!
Are your cash reserves earning less than 1%? Consider a short-term US treasury fund, municipal bond fund or corporate bond fund to give your secondary cash reserves a yield boost.
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