Published: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 20:01:02 +0000
Market Blog Friday, April 9, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities The major United States markets were mostly higher this week. The Nasdaq Composite was the best performing index while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:58:13 +0000
Market Blog Friday, April 9, 2021 Stocks have kicked off the year in a strong fashion, and history shows this may give reason to be optimistic for the rest of the year. After a solid—but certainly turbulent—year in 2020, the … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:58:08 +0000
Friday, April 9, 2021 Top Story Was the first quarter the sweet spot for returns? The S&P 500 Index rose 5.8% in the first quarter, and historically this has been in the “Goldilocks” range of returns that isn’t too hot, … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:58:44 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, April 8, 2021 Before the pandemic we had begun to warm up to international stocks. Valuations relative to the U.S. markets had become increasingly attractive after a long stretch of outperformance by U.S. stocks compared with those … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:58:58 +0000
Thursday, April 8, 2021 Top Story Global GDP forecasts are on the rise, led by the U.S. A look at consensus expectations for economic growth around the world supports our preference for U.S. over developed international equities. Gross domestic product … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:58:56 +0000
Economic Blog Wednesday, April 7, 2021 On the LPL Market Signals podcast, Equity Strategist Jeff Buchbinder and Asset Allocation Strategist Barry Gilbert update forecasts based on how the economy’s recovery from the pandemic, aided by vaccine distribution, massive stimulus, and … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:58:18 +0000
Economic Blog Wednesday, April 7, 2021 The United States, and the rest of the world, are looking to emerge from the shadow of COVID-19, and business conditions may already have put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror—at least according to … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:58:43 +0000
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Top Story Record surge in Purchasing Managers’ Index surveys U.S. businesses are looking to escape from underneath the shadow of COVID-19, and the Institute of Supply Management’s (ISM) Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surveys may be suggesting … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 15:58:18 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Coming into this year, we expected longer-maturity U.S. Treasury yields to rise, consistent with improving economic growth dynamics. That is indeed what we have seen, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury higher by … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 14:58:53 +0000
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Top Story Raising Economic And Market Forecasts…Again On the LPL Market Signals podcast, Equity Strategist Jeff Buchbinder and Asset Allocation Strategist Barry Gilbert update forecasts based on how the economy’s recovery from the pandemic, aided by … Continue reading →
Published: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:58:22 +0000
Monday, April 5, 2021 Top Story Raising Forecasts…Again LPL Research revises previous forecasts to better reflect the growing optimism of an economy on the rebound in this week’s Weekly Market Commentary, available at 1 p.m. ET. Daily Insights U.S. stocks … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 20:16:37 +0000
Market Blog Thursday, April 1, 2021 Index Performance U.S. and International Equities The major United States and international markets were higher this week. The Nasdaq Composite was the best performing index while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained a fraction. … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 16:58:52 +0000
Market Blog Friday, April 1, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities This month provided positive results for the U.S. major market indexes. The top performer was the Dow Jones Industrial Average, returning over 7% for the … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 15:59:02 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, April 1, 2021 It’s tempting to predict runaway 1970s inflation as an April Fools’ Day joke. But at the risk of upsetting our friends in the compliance department, we’ll shoot straight here. With that important disclaimer out … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:58:24 +0000
Thursday, April 1, 2021 Top Story Expect contained inflation long term It’s tempting to predict runaway 1970s inflation as an April Fools’ Day joke, but we don’t want to upset our friends in the compliance department, so we shoot straight … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 15:58:33 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, March 31, 2021 As we continue LPL Research’s Inflation Week, today we will examine how stocks have historically done at different inflation levels. For more color on our views on inflation, please read here and here, and … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 14:58:00 +0000
Wednesday, March 30, 2021 Top Story Gallon-sized Improvement in Employment In the latest LPL Street View, Research Chief Investment Officer, Burt White, makes the case that even though unemployment claims are at their lowest level since the pandemic started, we … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, March 31, 2021 “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Mark Twain What more can we say other than few months have been kinder to stocks lately than the month of April. In fact, it was … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 06:00:36 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Is higher inflation on the way? This is the question nearly everyone is asking, and this week the LPL Strategists will explain why the answer is likely no, contrary to what so many expect. … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 15:58:02 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Inflation is coming and, according to certain market-based inflation metrics, markets are expecting sustained inflation rates not seen since the late 2000s, although likely still at manageable levels. Inflation, which captures price increases in … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 14:58:36 +0000
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Top Story Let’s Talk About Inflation LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and Equity Strategist Jeff Buchbinder examine inflation concerns and explain why they think any increases in inflation will most likely be fleeting in … Continue reading →
Published: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:58:50 +0000
Market Blog Monday, March 29, 2021 It has been a little over a year since the S&P 500 Index bottomed on March 23, 2020, and it was certainly an eventful year, to say the least. It’s also been one year … Continue reading →
Published: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:00:27 +0000
Monday, March 29, 2021 Top Story Are We on the Brink of an Inflation Crisis? LPL Research explains why any upticks in inflation will ultimately prove transitory in this week’s Weekly Market Commentary, available at 1 p.m. ET. Daily Insights … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 19:58:00 +0000
Market Blog Friday, March 26, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major United States markets were mixed this week. U.S. small caps (Russell 2000 Index) have been the worst performing index for two straight weeks while … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 15:00:27 +0000
Friday, March 26, 2021 Daily Insights US stocks mixed as S&P 500 Index looks to avoid a second straight weekly decline; Nasdaq set to underperform The Federal Reserve announced that banks that clear the next round of stress tests will … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:00:57 +0000
Market Blog Friday, March 26, 2021 Our friends at Goldman Sachs recently announced a 2021 growth target for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 8% (Q4/Q4). Should this happen, it would be the biggest annual increase in GDP since 1951. Of … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 15:58:47 +0000
Market Blog Thursday, March 25, 2021 It has been just over a year since the S&P 500 Index bottomed on March 23, 2020, and while global stock markets have provided historic returns since the low, the biggest winners come from … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:59:11 +0000
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Top Story Commodities the biggest winners since the low. While stock markets have posted solid returns since the S&P 500 Index bottomed in March 2020, commodity markets have been on an absolute tear as economy activity … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 17:24:45 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, March 24, 2021 A year ago this week the stock market bottomed and thus ended one of the most vicious bear markets of all-time. In our recent Market Signals video, LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:59:32 +0000
Economic Blog Wednesday, March 24, 2021 It has now been a little over a year since the first COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns were implemented in the United States, with California having implemented the first stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020. … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:03:47 +0000
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Top Story High frequency data one year after lockdown. It’s been a little over a year since the first COVID-19 restrictions were implemented in the United States, when California put in place the first stay-at-home orders … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:59:47 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, March 23, 2023 While most market participants have been (rightly) focusing on the sell-off in the Treasury markets this year, U.S. corporate credit markets have sold off as well. Corporate credit markets, as defined by the Bloomberg … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:00:06 +0000
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Top Story The Bull Market Turns One On the LPL Market Signals podcast, Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and Equity Strategist Jeff Buchbinder consider what could be in store for stocks in year two of the … Continue reading →
Published: Mon, 22 Mar 2021 15:00:22 +0000
Monday, March 22, 2021 Top Story The Second Year Of The Bull Market Begins LPL Research discuss the end of the bear market and the trends of a bull market in year two in this week’s Weekly Market Commentary, available … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 20:10:29 +0000
Market Blog Friday, March 19, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities All major United States markets declined this week. U.S. small caps (Russell 2000 Index) were last week’s best performing index. This week, they reversed course … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 16:00:42 +0000
Economic Blog Friday, March 19, 2021 In almost every direction we turn, we see optimism mounting over a mid-2021 economic reacceleration. Unfortunately, it seems we will have to wait at least another month for that optimism to make their way … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 15:18:18 +0000
Friday, March 19, 2021 Top Story The day after Yields soared, with the 10-year yield closing at 1.72%, its highest level in 14 months, with the 10-year on pace to be up eight consecutive weeks. Worries that the Federal Reserve … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:04:08 +0000
Market Blog Thursday, March 18, 2021 March is here and with it comes some Madness! In our recent Market Signals video, LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and Equity Strategist Jeff Buchbinder discuss four things that matter the most … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:59:43 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, March 18, 2021 Last week we reviewed updated global economic growth forecasts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), highlighting the significant increase in their gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for the United States this … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:00:25 +0000
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Top Story The Federal Reserve (Fed) wrapped up its two-day meeting There were no surprises as the Fed upgraded growth and inflation expectations. Monetary policy was left unchanged with the Fed funds target rate remaining at … Continue reading →
At your death, you leave behind the people that you love and all your worldly goods. Without advance planning, you have no say about who gets what, and more of your property may go to others, like the federal government, instead of your loved ones. If you care about (1) how and to whom your property is distributed, and (2) ensuring that your property is preserved for your loved ones, you need to know more about estate planning.
There are five estate planning documents you may need, regardless of your age, health, or wealth:
A durable power of attorney (DPOA) can help protect your property in the event you become physically unable or mentally incompetent to handle financial matters. If no one is ready to look after your financial affairs when you can't, your property may be wasted, abused, or lost.
A DPOA allows you to authorize someone else to act on your behalf, so he or she can do things like pay everyday expenses, collect benefits, watch over your investments, and file taxes.
There are two types of DPOAs: (1) an immediate DPOA, which is effective immediately (this may be appropriate, for example, if you face a serious operation or illness), and (2) a springing DPOA, which is not effective unless you have become incapacitated.
Caution: A springing DPOA is not permitted in some states, so you'll want to check with an attorney.
Advance medical directives let others know what medical treatment you would want, or allows someone to make medical decisions for you, in the event you can't express your wishes yourself. If you don't have an advance medical directive, medical care providers must prolong your life using artificial means, if necessary. With today's technology, physicians can sustain you for days and weeks (if not months or even years).
There are three types of advance medical directives. Each state allows only a certain type (or types). You may find that one, two, or all three types are necessary to carry out all of your wishes for medical treatment. (Just make sure all documents are consistent.)
First, a living will allows you to approve or decline certain types of medical care, even if you will die as a result of that choice. In most states, living wills take effect only under certain circumstances , such as terminal injury or illness. Generally, one can be used only to decline medical treatment that "serves only to postpone the moment of death." In those states that do not allow living wills, you may still want to have one to serve as evidence of your wishes.
Second, a durable power of attorney for health care (known as a health-care proxy in some states) allows you to appoint a representative to make medical decisions for you. You decide how much power your representative will or won't have.
Finally, a Do Not Resuscitate order (DNR) is a doctor's order that tells medical personnel not to perform CPR if you go into cardiac arrest. There are two types of DNRs. One is effective only while you are hospitalized. The other is used while you are outside the hospital.
A will is often said to be the cornerstone of any estate plan. The main purpose of a will is to disburse property to heirs after your death. If you don't leave a will, disbursements will be made according to state law, which might not be what you would want.
There are two other equally important aspects of a will:
Keep in mind that a will is a legal document, and the courts are very reluctant to overturn any provisions within it. Therefore, it's crucial that your will be well written and articulated, and properly executed under your state's laws. It's also important to keep your will up-to-date.
A letter of instruction (also called a testamentary letter or side letter) is an informal, non-legal document that generally accompanies your will and is used to express your personal thoughts and directions regarding what is in the will (or about other things, such as your burial wishes or where to locate other documents) . This can be the most helpful document you leave for your family members and your executor.
Unlike your will , a letter of instruction remains private. Therefore, it is an opportunity to say the things you would rather not make public.
A letter of instruction is not a substitute for a will. Any directions you include in the letter are only suggestions and are not binding. The people to whom you address the letter may follow or disregard any instructions.
A living trust (also known as a revocable or inter vivas trust) is a separate legal entity you create to own property, such as your home or investments . The trust is called a living trust because it's meant to function while you're alive. You control the property in the trust, and, whenever you wish, you can change the trust terms, transfer property in and out of the trust, or end the trust altogether.
Not everyone needs a living trust , but it can be used to accomplish various purposes. The primary function is typically to avoid probate. This is possible because property in a living trust is not included in the probate estate.
Depending on your situation and your state's laws, the probate process can be simple, easy, and inexpensive, or it can be relatively complex, resulting in delay and expense. This may be the case, for instance, if you own property in more than one state or in a foreign country , or have heirs that live overseas.
Further, probate takes time, and your property generally won't be distributed until the process is completed. A small family allowance is sometimes paid, but it may be insufficient to provide for a family's ongoing needs. Transferring property through a living trust provides for a quicker, almost immediate transfer of property to those who need it.
Probate can also interfere with the management of property like a closely held business or stock portfolio. Although your executor is responsible for managing the property until probate is completed, he or she may not have the expertise or authority to make significant management decisions, and the property may lose value. Transferring the property with a living trust can result in a smoother transition in management.
Finally, avoiding probate may be desirable if you're concerned about privacy. Probated documents (e.g., will, inventory) become a matter of public record. Generally, a trust document does not.
Caution: Although a living trust transfers property like a will, you should still also have a will because the trust will be unable to accomplish certain things that only a will can, such as naming an executor or a guardian for minor children.
Tip: There are other ways to avoid the probate process besides creating a living trust, such as titling property jointly.
Caution: Living trusts do not generally minimize estate taxes or protect property from future creditors or ex-spouses.
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