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Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 11/7/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

U.S. adds 214,000 jobs in October to take jobless rate to six-year low

ISM Manufacturing Index Unexpectedly Rises in October

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 10/31/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 10/24/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Consumer prices barely rise as energy costs fall

U.S. new home sales at six-year high; recovery still fragile

Pending home sales up modestly

Interesting Retirement Investing Articles:

What Investors Should Do in a Market Correction

  
  
  
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As investors, we love seeing the markets rally and our account balances increase in value. But when the markets fall, it can really test our mettle. Despite the uncertainty you may feel when a volatile market takes you on a roller-coaster ride, one thing is clear: As investors, we should prepare for the bumpier experience ahead.

Resist the urge to panic and sell all of your shares. Although market movements over the last few weeks may have caused you anxiety, what we’re actually seeing is a return to normal market conditions. 

For the past few years, interest rates were kept at near zero, helping to suppress market volatility. As the Federal Reserve brings its bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, to an end, the market is now turning its attention to the Fed’s timeline for raising rates. Such a transition back to “normal” monetary policy makes it clear that volatility will likely rise, along with investor uncertainty.

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 10/17/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

US producer prices fall for first time in more than a year

U.S. Housing Starts Up 6.3% in September

U.S. consumer sentiment rises despite Ebola fears

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Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 10/10/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Oil Prices Dip Below $90 for First Time in Two Years

US job openings at highest level since 2001

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 10/3/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Economy gains 248,000 jobs as hiring rebounds

Manufacturers tap on brakes but still grow rapidly in September

Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Fell 1% in August

3 Investing Expenses Worth the Splurge

  
  
  
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Wasting money is easy. Case in point: a start-up company called Washboard launched this summer with a simple enough service aimed at consumers without a washer and dryer at home. Those signing up for Washboard received rolls of quarters (through snail mail) to use when doing laundry.

Let me say that again: They mailed you a roll of quarters so you don’t have to use the change machine at the laundromat, or worse, stop at a bank and get change for a $20 before going to wash your clothes.

Here’s the catch, though: You had to pay $27 to get $20 worth of quarters. Yes, they tried charging $7 for that service. Talk about throwing your money away! Luckily, consumers quickly realized what a waste of money it was, and Washboard shut down less than a month after opening for business.

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 9/26/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Rose in September to 14-Month High

Economic growth improves to eight-year high

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 9/19/14

  
  
  

Market News and Notes:

Housing starts tumble in August, signal shaky recovery

Fewest Americans Since October 2013 See U.S. Economy Improving

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