As we are seeing, the markets are becoming more and more concerned with a recession and a prolonged inflationary environment. This is not a surprise when you examine the data close enough, but not everyone does.
The FED is trying to sell everyone on the notion of their ability to raise interest rates and not slip into a recession by doing so. Our opinion is that would be the equivalent of turning in a found lottery ticket and winning the powerball, or winning the Kentucky Derby as a replacement entry with 80-1 odds in the final stretch! It of course could happen as strange things sometime do but we are not willing to bet on them.
It appears that long-duration bonds are now coming back into favor alluding to a reduction in volatility in that portion of the bond markets. For how long, we are not sure but we will be adding them back into portfolios soon.
Converting to ROTH IRA's.
When converting from a Traditional IRA to a ROTH IRA, you have to carefully consider your current and anticipated tax brackets. You also need to have time on your side to benefit enough from the conversion.
If you are in the 24 or 25% tax bracket now and go to convert a portion of your traditional IRA into a ROTH IRA, you will be paying 24% in taxes on the portion your convert. Simple enough, right?
This money will also be added to your existing taxable income level in the year you convert. This could be an issue for some.
If you plan to retire in and live on say 6K per month, you should be in the 20% tax bracket, leading you to realize a 4% higher tax level at conversion than in retirement.
If you convert with say, 7-8 years to retirement, and it's an average or bear market condition at the time of conversion, your investments in your new ROTH may not grow enough to receive the time value of money benefit the ROTH offers and therefore the whole exercise was in vain.
So are you saying not to use ROTH IRA's? Not at all....
A ROTH Option inside your 401K or 403B would be a great option since you are beginning from scratch with new deposits. This contribution amount is still subject to income taxes so you still need to be considerate of your overall balance between pre-tax and roth but could still be a nice addition to your plan.
GREENLIGHT TO MOVE
We will be moving from our current location on Britt Farm Drive we have occupied since 2007 to our new location downtown Lafayette at 310 N Ferry St June 1st-ish. It is behind RED7 & Next to the Fountain Bank and Trust Building.
We will also be giving our logo a fresh new look since we have to change address, stationary and business cards, now seemed like a perfect time.
My staff have all voted unanimously that I take a vacation for 2 weeks while they plan and execute the move in a less stressful manner and I reluctantly agreed so we will be available during the move but you may need to leave a message and wait on a return call back from May 25 to about June 4/5th while we are getting settled in and situated and all our IT and offices are getting set up.
Till we speak again, enjoy the summer weather we are now getting!
General Market Commentary
With the Fed in focus, the markets experienced wide price swings over the course of last week, as technology companies led the market lower.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.24%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 0.21%. The Nasdaq Composite index dropped 1.54% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, fell 1.99%.1,2,3
A Wild Week
After successive daily gains to begin the week, stocks staged a powerful relief rally in response to Wednesday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcement, aided by Fed Chair Powell’s comment that a 75-basis point hike was not under active consideration.
Stocks, however, dropped the following day as investors reassessed the implications of a tighter monetary policy. Also on Thursday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury Note closed above three percent. News that worker productivity fell 7.5% and labor costs rose 11.6% in the first quarter fanned inflation fears and added to investor unease. Despite a better-than-expected employment report, stocks closed out the week with another day of losses amid volatile trading.4
Fed Raises Rates
The May 2022 FOMC meeting resulted in an increase of 50 basis points in the federal funds rate, the largest rate increase since 2000. In a post-meeting press conference, Fed Chair Powell said additional 50 basis point hikes are likely, acknowledging that inflation was much too high and sending assurances that he was committed to price stability.
The Fed also announced that it would begin reducing its $9 trillion balance sheet by $95 billion a month, a step the markets had been anticipating.5
This Week: Key Economic Data
Wednesday: Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Thursday: Producer Price Index (PPI). Jobless Claims.
Friday: Consumer Sentiment.
Source: Econoday, May 6, 2022The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.
Wednesday: The Walt Disney Company (DIS), Rivian Automotive, Inc. (RIVN).
Thursday: Affirm Holdings, Inc. (AFRM).
Source: Zacks, May 6, 2022Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.
"A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered."
– C.S. Lewis
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Tip adapted from IRS.gov6
What Is Meatless Monday?
Thanks to new (and much more delicious) meat substitutes, more people are swapping at least one meal a week for a vegetarian dish. One of the most popular ways to do this is starting Meatless Monday in your household!
There are many potential health and environmental benefits of eating less meat and more plant-based choices. While you might not be ready or interested in giving up meat entirely, subbing in meatless meals on Monday is a great change of pace and might open your eyes to more delicious plant-based meals like:
Pasta with lentils
Homemade falafel and hummus
The possibilities for Meatless Monday are endless! Your body and the environment will thank you for eating more plants.
Tip adapted from The Monday Campaigns7
A librarian finds that pages have been ripped out of a novel. Pages 28, 29, 148, 211 and 212 are torn out. Given this, how many separate sheets of paper have been torn from the book?
Last week’s riddle: What is the number missing within this sequence? 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, 47, __, 123, 199, 322. Answer: The missing number is 76. Beginning with the third number in the sequence, each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers.
Rainbow Bridge, Smiths Ferry, Idaho.
Footnotes and Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2022
2. The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2022
4. CNBC, May 5, 2022
5. CNBC, May 4, 2022
6. IRS.gov, February 16, 2021
7. mondaycampaigns.org, February 22, 2022
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