Is now a good time for a Roth conversion?

Is now a good time for a Roth conversion?

Now may be a good time to do a Roth conversion. But, contrary to an argument that’s popular right now in financial planning circles, “the factors that make such a conversion a good or bad idea have nothing to do with the fact that the stock market is so much lower than where it stood … Read more

Skyrocketing Inflation Hasn’t Burnished Gold in 2022

Robust inflation and a stock-market route did not do much for gold prices in the first half of the year. Investors do not expect conditions to improve. After gold climbed near records in March, prices slumped over the next three months to their biggest quarterly percentage decline in more than a year. The most actively … Read more

Forget the 1970s – this market is drawing comparisons to the 1870s

The current high inflation environment is often compared to the 1970s. But perhaps a more apt comparison would be to the 1870s. According to Bank of America, government bonds are on track for their worst year since 1865, the year the US Civil War ended. Meanwhile, the stock market, when adjusted for inflation, is on … Read more

Forget the 1970s – this market is drawing comparisons to the 1870s

The current high inflation environment is often compared to the 1970s. But perhaps a more apt comparison would be to the 1870s. According to Bank of America, government bonds are on track for their worst year since 1865, the year the US Civil War ended. Meanwhile, the stock market, when adjusted for inflation, is on … Read more

Stock Futures Slip After Worst Start to Year in Decades

US stock futures drifted lower at the start of the second half of the year, with investors bracing for more volatility amid heightened inflation and expected interest-rate increases. Futures for the S&P 500 shed 0.6% Friday. The broad index closed out Thursday lower, heaping on additional losses to mark the worst first half of the … Read more

Here’s how much the value of your Social Security check is likely to go up next year

Good news. Sort of. If you’re retired or just about to retire, next year’s Social Security checks are likely to see one of the biggest bumps on record as a result of surging consumer prices. The average beneficiary may be in line to get as much as $ 180 more a month starting next January, … Read more

Apple has ended imports of gold and tungsten from Russia

Apple Inc. is no longer importing gold and tungsten from Russia, the company has confirmed to MarketWatch. The tech giant uses a range of materials, including gold, tungsten and the metal tantalum in its products. However, the role of Russian locations in its supply chain had come under scrutiny. In a report this week, the … Read more

Worried about the stock market? 4 reasons to keep your cool.

Are we having fun yet? I take no pleasure in seeing my portfolio shrink, but I love buying stock index funds at discount prices and I’m always amused by the hand-wringing in the financial media. Two years ago, we were hiding out in our homes, fretting over a global pandemic and worrying about an economic … Read more

Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. stock falls Thursday, underperforms market

Shares of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. WPM, -4.13% slipped 4.13% to C $ 46.38 Thursday, in what proved to be an all-around negative trading session for the Canadian market, with the S & P / TSX Composite Index GSPTSE, -1.14% falling 1.14% to 18,861.36. This was the stock’s third consecutive day of losses. Wheaton Precious … Read more

WW Grainger Inc. stock rises Thursday, outperforms market

Shares of WW Grainger Inc. GWW, + 0.11% inched 0.11% higher to $ 454.43 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around grim trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.88% falling 0.88% to 3,785.38 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.82% falling 0.82% to 30,775.43. This was the stock’s … Read more