Published: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 20:02:04 +0000
Market Blog Friday, October 15, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major U.S. and International Markets Finished Higher The major equity markets finished solidly in the green this week as we head into the genesis of … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:58:12 +0000
Economic Blog Friday, October 15, 2021 The U.S. Census Bureau reported overall retail sales grew 0.7% month over month in September vs. forecasts for a 0.2% decline, while retail sales excluding autos and gas also saw solid gains, rising 0.7% … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:00:08 +0000
Market Blog Friday, October 15, 2021 LPL Research is excited to bring the second episode of our new video series: 5 Charts with LPL Research. This week, LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick, CMT and Technical Strategist Scott Brown, … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 18:44:59 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, October 14, 2021 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report this week revealing that the number of American workers who are voluntarily quitting their jobs is … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 15:58:09 +0000
Economic Blog Wednesday, October 13, 2021 The characterization of inflation as ”transitory” by Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell—which has been the subject of debate for months—is likely to come under renewed pressure after the most recent inflation data release. … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 15:58:37 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, October 12, 2021 The week of September 20 was notable for monetary policy as there were eleven central bank meetings, including the U.S., E.U., U.K., Turkey, and Norway, to name a few. While many of these countries … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 12:25:34 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, October 12, 2021 LPL Research is excited to introduce a new weekly video series, 5 Charts With LPL Research. Each week, LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick, CMT and Technical Strategist Scott Brown, CMT will review … Continue reading →
Published: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 18:00:28 +0000
Market Blog Monday, October 11, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities This quarter provided mostly negative results for the major market indices. The top performer and standout was the bellwether Dow Jones Industrial Average. The international … Continue reading →
Published: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 15:58:52 +0000
Market Blog Monday, October 11, 2021 We have used most of the superlatives we know to describe corporate America’s stunning performances over the past two earnings seasons. Despite lofty expectations, results exceeded estimates by huge margins. We expect solid earnings … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 20:10:34 +0000
Market Blog Friday, October 8, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major U.S. and International Markets Finished Higher The major equity markets reversed course from last week to finish higher. The international markets results were mixed … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 15:58:17 +0000
Economic Blog Friday, October 8, 2021 The September payroll report likely created more questions than it answered. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September employment report this morning, revealing that the domestic economy added a disappointing 194,000 jobs … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:00:16 +0000
Market Blog Friday, October 8, 2021 There is no reason to panic with all the big news about the bull market—October is known for volatility. As LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick discusses in the latest LPL Street View, … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 16:15:27 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, October 7, 2021 Based on recent readings of manufacturing and service sector activity, business demand remains strong, further damaging the “stagflation” narrative. At the same time, barriers to meeting demand continue to limit businesses’ ability to respond, … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 15:58:03 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, October 6, 2021 And just like that, the calendar turned to October and volatility picked up in a big way, with three consecutive 1% moves for the S&P 500 Index to start the month. As we noted … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 15:58:44 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, October 5, 2021 The debt limit—commonly called the debt ceiling—is the maximum amount of debt that the Treasury Department can issue to pay its, already committed, financial obligations. The amount is set through Congress and has been … Continue reading →
Published: Mon, 04 Oct 2021 16:00:51 +0000
Market Blog Monday, October 4, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities September has been the worst performing month over the past 10 and 20 years. Looking at the prior year, the S&P 500 pulled back over … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 20:01:49 +0000
Market Blog Friday, October 1, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major U.S. and International Markets Finished lower The major equity markets finished the week, along with the month of September, lower. The international markets were … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 15:58:17 +0000
Market Blog Friday, October 1, 2021 The latest weekly data from the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) show a continued increase in the percentage of individual investors who are bearish (40.7%) about short-term market expectations and a decrease in … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 30 Sep 2021 15:58:14 +0000
Market Blog Thursday, September 30, 2021 “October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” Mark Twain Well, it was bound … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 15:58:41 +0000
Economic Blog Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Stocks have come a long way since the S&P 500 bear market low way back on March 23, 2020, but despite the general strength of the bull market we’ve seen two very different types … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 15:58:10 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, September 28, 2021 The municipal market continues to be a relative bright spot for core fixed income investors. While most of the other “safe” parts of the core fixed income universe have generated negative returns this year, … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:06:23 +0000
Market Blog Friday, September 24, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major U.S. Markets Finished higher while International Markets Selloff The major markets finished the week higher, with the Dow Jones Industrials leading the averages. Moreover, … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:58:04 +0000
Economic Blog Friday, September 24, 2021 On Thursday, September 23, the Conference Board released its August 2021 report detailing the latest reading for the Leading Economic Index (LEI), a composite of ten data series that tend to lead changes … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:58:34 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, September 23, 2021 The Federal Reserve (Fed) ended its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting yesterday and, as expected, there were no changes to current interest rate or bond purchasing policies. However, the Fed continues to … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:25:30 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Few had even heard of distressed Chinese property development giant Evergrande a week ago and now it’s the biggest headline for markets. This week in the latest LPL Market Signals podcast, Ryan Detrick and … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 15:58:52 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Well that was fun while it lasted. Yesterday, the S&P 500 closed below its 50-day moving average for the second consecutive day, breaking a streak that had held for the duration of 2021 and … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 20:02:16 +0000
Market Blog Friday, September 17, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Finish Lower Amid Delta and Earnings Growth Concerns The major markets finished lower for a second straight week. Friday’s quadruple witching where individual … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:58:13 +0000
Market Blog Friday, September 17, 2021 Chinese property developer Evergrande’s liquidity crisis has sparked fear and massive selling in Chinese property stocks over the past several weeks. The big question is could this be the first domino to fall, sparking … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:58:05 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, September 16, 2021 U.S. consumers shocked economists in August with their willingness to spend in the face of recent jitters over the economic outlook. This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau released August retail sales data showing overall … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:58:22 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, September 15, 2021 With summer (un)officially over, investment-grade corporate bond sales are ramping up again. Despite a four-day week last week, thirty-eight investment-grade companies sold $60.5 billion in the first two sessions, breaking a record for the … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 17:41:57 +0000
Economic Blog Tuesday, September 14, 2021 After a crazy summer of nosebleed inflation readings, we may finally be starting to see signs of transitory inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August Consumer Price Index (CPI) data this morning, … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 19:59:12 +0000
Market Blog Friday, September 10, 2021 Index Performance U.S. and International Equities Major Indices Show Modest Weekly Declines as Delta Worries Mount All major markets finished lower as the investor concerns over the Delta variant, Federal Reserve (Fed) tapering, … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 15:58:02 +0000
Market Blog Friday, September 10, 2021 Fun Fact Friday: The Dow Jones Transportation Average is actually the oldest US stock market index in existence, even older than the more-popular Dow Jones Industrial Average. Charles Dow developed the index, originally called … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 09 Sep 2021 16:16:03 +0000
Economic Blog Thursday, September 9, 2021 According to LPL Research’s analysis of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) recently released Beige Book, business sentiment on Main Street has declined in recent months as the economy navigates the latest wave of COVID-19, but … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 08 Sep 2021 15:58:03 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, September 8, 2021 This week in the latest LPL Market Signals podcast, Ryan Detrick and Lawrence Gillum discussed global central bank policy, recently weakening economic data, and where stocks and bonds could go the remainder of this … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 07 Sep 2021 15:58:58 +0000
Market Blog Tuesday, September 7, 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic was an unprecedented shock to a large majority of global economies. But the economic damage was met with an extraordinary global monetary response with the Federal Reserve (Fed), European Central Bank … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 03 Sep 2021 18:19:55 +0000
Market Blog Friday, September 3, 2021 Index Performance (as of 12:50 PM ET) View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Emerging Markets Rebound The major markets finished mostly higher building on last week’s gains. Emerging markets, as represented by the … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 03 Sep 2021 15:58:53 +0000
Economic Blog Friday, September 3, 2021 It seems to be two steps forward, one step back for the U.S. labor market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August employment report this morning, revealing that the domestic economy added … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 15:58:30 +0000
Market Blog Thursday, September 2, 2021 The Institute for Supply Management’s reading on U.S. manufacturing surprisingly accelerated in August, coming in at 59.9 versus July’s 59.5 and economists’ consensus expectation of 58.5. The solid reading does show the resiliency of … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 19:00:08 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, September 1, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities All of the U.S. major market indexes finished August higher despite concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant, with the S&P 500 Index making it seven … 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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