Archives For September 2016

A Role Model and Encourager

September 28, 2016

On April 22, a few days after watching the Golf Channel documentary “Arnie,” Adam, 21, a keen golfer himself, wrote a letter to Palmer on behalf of his younger brother Nate, asking if he “could possibly write Nate a letter wishing him good luck in college and providing him some advice along the way.”

He could not have known that he would get so prompt a response from a man who receives thousands of requests annually, eventually responding to all of them. The letter he sent to Nate was dated May 23, one month later.




“We judged that the case for an increase has strengthened but decided for the time being to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward our objectives.”

Fed Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen





Market Update

September 12, 2016

Stocks suffered their largest weekly decline since the start of a year, due almost entirely to a sharp sell-off on Friday.  Friday’s plunge marked the end of an extended period of light trading activity and relatively stable stock prices.  For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -406 points to 18,085 down -2.2%.  The NASDAQ Composite declined more than -123 points to 5,125, down -2.36%.  LargeCaps did better than SmallCaps and MidCaps for the first time in a while: the S&P 500 LargeCap index ended down -2.39%, while the S&P 400 MidCap index lost ‑3.19%, and the SmallCap Russell 2000 lost over -2.61%.

The housing market continues to power ahead month after month as prices rise and inventories continue to shrink.  However, real estate consultant John Burns has dug deeper into the numbers and noted that while the housing market continues to move ahead (mostly on limited supply), a generation of home buyers is being left behind.  His research notes that home ownership rates have fallen across all age groups since the housing collapse in 2009, but the biggest drop has occurred in the millennial generation.  Burns predicts that the homeownership rates will continue to fall through 2025, meaning that millennials will be renting or living with their parents a lot longer than their own parents didhomeownership