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Forefront’s Market Notes: January 29, 2024 ­ Stocks continued their upward climb last week as excitement around big tech continued; positive economic reports stoked investors’ belief that the Federal Reserve has pulled off a soft landing. Stocks Power Ahead Big tech was back last week, pushing the Dow and the S&P 500 to new highs...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: January 22, 2024 ­ Stocks finished higher last week, with big tech again leading amid lingering uncertainty over how continued economic strength would influence the Fed’s rate decision. Stocks Dip, Then Rally  Stock prices dropped early in the week before rising to new highs as the week ended. The four-day trading week...
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Forefront’s Friday Facts 2023 IRA Deadlines Are ApproachingWhat You Need to Know      Financially, many of us associate the spring with taxes—but we should also associate December with important Individual Retirement Account (IRA) deadlines. This year, like 2024, will see a few changes and distinctions.   Remember, this article is for informational purposes only....
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Forefront’s Market Notes: January 16th, 2024   Stocks pushed higher last week, led by big tech names and boosted by December inflation reports that were mixed but positive enough to shore up investor confidence in Fed rate cuts this year. ­ Stocks Rock and Roll It was a rocky week that ended on a high...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: January 8th, 2024   Stocks retreated in the first trading week of 2024, struggling a bit after a celebratory end to last year as investors second-guessed Fed signals and fretted over lingering inflation concerns.   New Year Blues Stocks got off to a rough first week of the new year, with tech...
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Forefront’s Friday Facts A look back at 2023   The year in brief. Interest rates were the chief concern in 2023 as market watchers watched closely how the Federal Reserve and Chairman Jerome Powell balanced concerns over inflation with worries over the economy’s resilience. Despite numerous headwinds from elevated inflation, geopolitical conflicts, banking troubles, and a...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: January 2nd, 2024   Stocks posted a slight gain last week amid a shortage of news and light holiday trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.76%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 0.49%. The Nasdaq Composite index advanced 0.32% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: December 26th, 2023 ­ Investor optimism and fears of missing out on future gains propelled stocks higher in the last full week of trading before year-end. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.22%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 0.75%. The Nasdaq Composite index advanced 1.21% for the week. The MSCI...
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Forefront’s Friday Facts What If Your Kids Decide Against College?   As a parent or grandparent, you may have diligently saved money in a 529 account to help fund your child’s or grandchild’s college education. But what happens if they decide college isn’t the right path for them? It’s a valid question that many families...
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Forefront’s Market Notes: December 18th, 2023 ­ Markets reacted positively last week to cooler inflation and the idea of potential rate cuts next year, adding to the gains of the market’s year-end rally.   The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.92%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 2.50%. The Nasdaq Composite index picked up...
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