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Mecca on Mondays - 8/8/2016

Continuing in partnership with SFG, we proudly publish Mecca on Mondays as a thoughtful weekly news and commentary communication prepared exclusively for active clients and select special invited guests. Relevant and  timely financial topics are designed to help inform and educate while deliberately chosen and personally authored to help promote your future financial security. Issues addressed in these news and commentaries can be further discussed with more personalized strategies. Call 888-363-7147 Ext. 212.

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Soothsayers

Soothsayers are people who try to predict the future. They are out there wearing different hats. Fortune tellers and economists. Weatherman and Wall Street.

The ones who tick me off the most are those making outlandish predictions just to get noticed and hawk their book.

Going into this year, soothsayer predictions abounded.

Interest rates: Predictions galore on this one! The overwhelming majority of soothsayers predicted several interest rate increases in 2016 as they (wrongly) thought our economy was getting strong. In reality, our economic progress is limping along taking three steps forward and one step back. We are not firing on all cylinders yet. With global recession, it is hard to make a strong case for a series of interest rate hikes in the near term.

Bond market: For some soothsayers, there was a fear that a strong economic recovery and rising interest rates would kill bond returns. In reality, 2016 bond returns are doing quite well. Some bond returns are higher than stocks so far this year.

Economy: Still other soothsayers predicted a fall back into recession. In reality, the FOMC would not be chatting about a future interest rate hike but rather an interest rate decrease if they feared a recession.

Stock market: Predictions abounded going into this year. I recall some soothsayers saying to expect zero percent return on stocks. They said the concern is not a returnon your money but a return of your money invested in the stock market. In reality, stocks are doing well with major US indexes returning around 8% thus far.

No one knows what will happen in the short term, regardless of their credentials, awards, Ivy league school diploma, and authoring a book.

Learn About Finances

The fall, 2016 class schedule is coming out. Each class is only one day. There is no long term commitment.

  1. September 13, 6:30 pm - Financial Planning Primer: Class number LPF 0102-001, Harper College
  2. October 15, 9:00 am - Financial Planning Workshop With The Pros: Class number LPF 0001-001, Harper College
  3. October 18, 6:30 pm - Basic Principles Of The Stock and Bond Market: Class number LPF 0101-001, Harper College

To enroll in any of the above, please call 847-925-6300 at Harper College.

Below are classes taught at Continuing Education in various area high schools.  Enroll online or call 847-755-6820.

  1. September 8, 6:15 pm - Understand The Stock Market in Terms Easy To Learn: Class number B160-01, Palatine High School
  2. September 12, 6:15 pm - Secrets To Obtain Financial Security: Class number B150-01, Conant High School
  3. September 14, 6:15 pm - Flying Solo And Landing Safely: Class number B143-01, Fremd High School
  4. September 20, 6:15 pm - Roll That 401k Money To An IRA Right Now: Class number B152-01, Fremd High School
  5. September 21, 6:15 pm - Volatile Stock Stock Market Scares Me: Class number B155-01, Fremd High School

All classes are only one night so no long term commitment. The cost is minimal. Some classes have a special offer. Enroll one and the second person's cost is free.

If you have any questions on the classes, please call our office at 888-363-7147, extension 212.

Partnering With Strategic Financial Group, LLC

Partnering with Strategic Financial Group, LLC and heading the SFG Mecca Division, our team will continue to work hard on your behalf to help promote your future financial security. As in the past, I remain your primary contact and financial advisor. I am supported by highly skilled professionals who bring substantial value to you.

Henceforth, please use my new phone number, 1-888-363-7147, extension 212, and email address ramecca@sfgweb.com.

Week In Review With Commentary

Last week the US Gross Domestic Product showed relatively weak numbers. This week, is another story as US companies added 250,000 jobs recent; far above the 180,000 expected. It shows how this economic recovery is uneven. We are moving forward, but not firing on all cylinders quite yet. US wages increased. The official unemployment is around 5%.

Markets In Review With Commentary

US stocks are getting more expensive as corporate revenues and earnings are not growing much, with exceptions. P/E ratios are inching up. Yet, the stock market continues climbing upward since there are not many other strong alternatives. Look at the low yields on savings accounts, checking accounts, CD's, money market accounts, and short term US treasury bonds. I don't anticipate that these returns will return to more normal levels for years.  So far, returns on stocks have favorably surprised me. We have less than five months remaining in the year. With this Presidential election, anything can happen.

Mecca Moment

If you follow the crowd, at best expect mediocre results.

Do not do something just because others are doing it; especially when it comes to your family's future financial security.

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