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Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 8/22/14


Market News and Notes:

Robust manufacturing output buoys U.S. economic outlook

U.S. jobless claims fall, bolster labor market outlook

Consumer prices moderate in July, rising 0.1%

Interesting Retirement Investing Articles:

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 8/15/14


Market News and Notes:

Consumer sentiment falls to nine-month low in August

July retail sales flatten on weaker auto sales

A 10.1% surge in auto output lifts industrial production in July

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 8/8/14


Market News and Notes:

U.S. auto sales fall short of expectations in July

CoreLogic Reports Home Prices Rose by 7.5 Percent Year Over Year in June

Services in U.S. Expand at Fastest Pace Since 2005: Economy

3 Harmful Mistakes You Can Make When Saving for Retirement

Retirement Saving Mistakes

Retirement planning takes discipline and hard work. Even the best-laid plans can fall by the wayside, and even the most dedicated retirement savers make a few mistakes.

The good news is we can minimize mistakes and correct slip-ups, starting with a few common retirement planning scenarios. Let’s take a look:

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 8/1/14


Market News and Notes:

Economy gains 209,000 jobs; jobless rate, 6.2%

ISM manufacturing index surges to 57.1% in July

U.S. economy back on track with strong second-quarter rebound

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 7/25/14


Market News and Notes:

Higher pump prices fuel inflation pickup in June

June's pace of new-home sales hits three-month low

Existing-home sales hit fastest pace since Oct.

Interesting Retirement Investing Articles:

7 Steps to Reach Your Retirement Goals

Beach Retirement

What’s your retirement dream? Travel the world? Move to Arizona? Become a migratory snowbird? Improve your golf game? Open a part-time consulting business? Spoil your grandchildren?

Whether retirement is decades away or just around the corner, it’s difficult for many retirement investors to determine whether retirement dreams are actually attainable goals. But this is no time to stick your head in the sand because retirement is coming.

Take control and take action. Figure out what dreams could be reachable goals, and create a strategy to make them reality.

Here are seven considerations to help you get organized:

Retirement Investing Market Updates – Week Ending 7/18/14


Market News and Notes:

Weak summer spending clips retail sales

U.S. housing starts, permits decline in June

Economy, labor market expanding across U.S.: Beige Book

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


Market News and Notes:

QE likely to end with final $15B reduction in October

Services in U.S. Grow at Second-Fastest Pace in Almost Year

Consumer Credit in U.S. Jumps as Auto Lending Strengthens

How to Factor Medical Expenses Into Your Retirement Plan


The word "retirement" has pleasant connotations. It’s a life phase rooted in the American psyche. Workers look forward to it for years. After 40 or more years of the daily grind of work-life, in retirementwe get to relax and do what we want – be it travel, hobbies or whatever else may move us.

Very few Americans imagine steep medical bills and financial stress when they hear the word – with the possible exception of those who are nearing this life stage and are worried about paying for medical expenses. Yet, whether you realize it or not, medical care can consume a large portion of yourretirement budget.

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