AMJ Financial Blog

Monthly Archives: January 2017

Market Commentary – January 30, 2017

An historic moment for U.S. stock markets… The Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed 20,000 last week. Barron’s cautioned investors not to make too much of the milestone since, “There are only 30 stocks in the index so each one carries a lot of weight.” Regardless of the significance of the Dow’s move, U.S. stock markets… Read More

Planning for a Disclaimer in 5 Easy Steps

Planning for a Disclaimer in 5 Easy Steps Saying “no thanks” to an inheritance might seem like a crazy idea to most, but don’t count it out until you know all the benefits. A disclaimer allows a beneficiary to refuse an inheritance, and as long as the rules are followed properly, it also lets the… Read More

Categorized in: Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

Market Commentary – January 23, 2017

Markets weren’t quite sure which direction to move last week. The Trump rally, which lost some steam, gained momentum early in the week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index finished January 19, the day before the inauguration, with its biggest election-to-inauguration gain since Bill Clinton won a second term in 1996, according to MarketWatch, and… Read More

Retirement Income

Here’s a million dollar question: How will you transform your savings into income that will last throughout your retirement? There are probably as many answers to that question as there are retirees. However, all retirees may rely on some of the same income sources and strategies. For instance, we all hope Social Security benefits will… Read More

Categorized in: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Market Commentary – January 17, 2017

Around the world in a few paragraphs… The post-election adrenaline rush may be over in the United States. Barron’s reported: “The new year began with high hopes, with the bulls expecting the rally that began with Donald J. Trump’s election victory to continue into 2017, while the bears salivated at the opportunity presented by a… Read More

Market Commentary – January 9, 2017

…And, they’re off! Bullish sentiment helped world equity markets get off to a fast start last week. Just name a country or region – developed markets, emerging markets, the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom – and it’s likely the area’s benchmark index may have been up for the week. Not everyone… Read More

Market Commentary – January 3, 2017

What a difference a year makes! At the start of 2016, investors were rather pessimistic and risk averse, preferring bonds to stocks. By the end of the year, they were quite optimistic and preferred stocks to bonds. In between, markets traveled a bumpy road. During January of last year, few investors imagined we would be… Read More