Stocks rallied this week, continuing their strong advance since the most-recent low on March 23rd. While we have seen improvement and progress regarding COVID-19, much of this rally happened before these positive developments. This rally has also
Stocks continued to rebound strongly in May, led by the Russell 2000 (US small company stocks). The S&P 500 and the MSCI World Ex-US (international stocks) were also up to a lesser extent. The Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond index was slightly up as well.
We hope you find this information helpful during this uncertain time.
We hope you are well and ready to enjoy a beautiful holiday weekend. After declining last week, the S&P 500 increased this week and continues to trade inside a range of 2850-3000.
We hope this finds you well, and exploring more outside your home, or at least the sunny outdoors. This week, the S&P 500 declined, and bigger picture: has continued to move sideways over the trailing month, from the middle of April until now.
The S&P 500 continued its grind higher this week – we have continued to see market volatility trending lower as markets have digested much of the current economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Year to date, the low point of the S&P 500 happened on March 23rd. Since that time, stocks have rallied in spite of a host of negative announcements on the economy and record high unemployment.
We hope this finds you well. Here is a recap of this weekâ€™s performance in the S&P 500:
We hope this finds you well â€“ and donâ€™t worry, we are almost certain this is the last snowfall of the spring! Here is a recap of this weekâ€™s performance in the S&P 500
We hope this finds you well as we enter the Easter holiday weekend! We had a strong rally in stock markets this week. Here is a brief return summary:
We hope this finds you well. We will have another post at the end of the week, but for now we wanted to give an update on market performance for the month and year to date
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We hope you are staying safe and well! Recently, life has been awkward and uncomfortable for all of us. The past few weeks have not been fun. However, we do believe the drastic measures that have been implemented by state governments are ultimately
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Based on the current situation concerning COVID-19, Whitcomb & Hess has made the decision to have most of our team begin working from home. This change will not impact our commitment to providing you with high-quality service and timely communica
The recent coronavirus pandemic, and resulting panic, has affected every aspect of our lives â€“ our portfolios, social interactions, expressions on social media, schools, recreation, and stress levels. We are still learning much about the virus
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Whitcomb & Hess is blessed to have strong relationships and roots in our Ashland community and beyond. The health of our clients, neighbors, and team members is very important to us.
Itâ€™s been a historic week to say the least! Schools, professional sports, concerts, and many other social events have been canceled or postponed. Even going to the store has become a stressful event. If you are feeling perplexed, confused,
As you have probably heard, stock markets have remained volatile in March. Currently, the S&P 500 is down over 19% from its all-time high in February through its low yesterday afternoon. While market corrections are a normal part of investing,
You've done the hard work. You have a new business idea or you've found an existing business to purchase. Want to help ensure your business success? Pay attention to correctly setting up your business' accounting system. Here's how.
It’s easy to get inundated with documents during tax season. You can receive documents from many different organizations, including employers, financial institutions and others. Many documents are now also being sent via e-mail
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Cupid, candy hearts, flowers and chocolates are common items associated with Valentineâ€™s Day. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans now spend more than $20 billion lavishing gifts on their kids, friends and significant others.
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, also known as the SECURE Act, was passed by Congress in late December 2019. Here are some of the features in the new legislation that will help you save more for retirement
Every year the IRS publishes instructions to prepare your Form 1040, individual tax return. The publication for 2019 is a whopping 108 pages! On page 103 of the IRS booklet is a summary of collections (income) and spending (outlays) by the federal government. Given the election year, here is a summary of this recap and some general observations.
The best way to avoid mis-classifying workers is to understand the defining characteristics of independent contractors — and then treat them as such. Use this to help you identify independent contractors and understand how they are different