Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • December 31, 2011 - Happy New Year!

    Hawk100 wishes you and yours a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012...and safe celebrations this evening.



  • December 30, 2011 - 12 Planning Tips for '12

    Financial Planning offers a dozen tips to make 2012 an even better year for you and your family.  #1 Get started.  #12 See a financial planner. (Financial Planning)



  • December 30, 2011 - And the Year Closes...

    Unchanged!  The SP500 Index closed 2012 essentially unchanged for the year at 1257.60.  It was 1257.64 at the end of 2010.



  • December 29, 2011 - Newt on Reagan

    Newt Gingrich offers readers of the WSJ an insight into why he remains popular among conservatives.  (WSJ)



  • December 22, 2011 - The best to you and yours.

    Daniel Henninger's satirical look at Christmas. "These days time doesn't fly. It barely exists. In such a world, Christmas gets squished." (WSJ)



  • December 20, 2011 - Tips For Online ID Safety

    As you make last minute holiday purchases online, be sure to protect your personal information. The AICPA recommends safety tips. (AICPA)



  • December 20, 2011 - Stocks Advance

    Financial markets advanced on expectations that UK support of the latest EU moves to shore up sovereign debts with tighter credit will result in a more sustainable rescue. (WSJ)



  • December 19, 2011 - Monday Wrap

    Efforts to tighten credit in Europe led to declining stock values globally.  AT&T dropped its bid to acquire T-Mobile's US operations and North Korea's Kim Jong Il passed away. 



  • December 18, 2011 - Arab Winter

    The transition to democracy in Egypt has turned toward ugly violence. (AP/Dispatch)



  • December 18, 2011 - Share Christmas with Christ

    Columbus's JoEllen Landman soundly advises families to include church in their Christmas celebrations. (Dispatch)



  • December 16, 2011 - Required IRA Distributions

    IRA distributions must be taken by Dec 30. If you are required to take a distribution, follow the advice of Hawk100 and Morningstar.



  • December 15, 2011 - Iraq War Officially EndsClick to enlarge

    From the date the "shock and awe" started March 12, 2003 through yesterday's close, the SP500 averaged 4.8% annual return. 



  • December 14, 2011 - 10 Year YieldClick to enlarge

    The 10-year treasury note index yield has fallen to 1.91%, befuddling bond vigilantes who expected nominal interest to rise by the end of 2011.



  • December 13, 2011 - Comparing Uglies

    Kenneth Brody of Taconic Capital Advisors explains to CFA Columbus why the Euro remains worth $1.31 despite Europe's extensive problems. "It's a case of comparing the uglies."



  • December 13, 2011 - AICPA Economic Outlook Survey

    Q4 survey of CPA decision makers about outlook for 2012 indicates optimism increased 10% (from 58 to 64) from Q3.  In past, survey has led GDP by 2 quarters. (AICPA)



  • December 12, 2011 - Quanex Earnings

    Quanex Building Products (NX) reported Q4 2011 results with roughly 5% growth YOY although the report fell short of consensus analyst forecasts.



  • December 10, 2011 - STRS OH Forecasts Insolvency

    In its latest eUPDATE to members, STRS Ohio "recognized that the current health care program is only expected to remain solvent until 2024, and there is little likelihood for additional funding." (STRSOH)



  • December 09, 2011 - High Interest in High Yields

    Market activitiy has picked up for high yield debt.  High yield bonds verage 8.43% and Emerging market debt averages 6.03% according to data from the WSJ.  (WSJ)



  • December 08, 2011 - MDA Lockup

    Hawk100 and its President, Richard Clemens CFA, support Muscular Dystrophy Association. Help MDA!



  • December 08, 2011 - Retirement Account Deadlines

    December 30 is the final day for 2011 to:

    • Take Required Minimum Distributions from IRAs and QRPs
    • Make Roth IRA Conversions
    • Establish a QRP


  • December 07, 2011 - Crude Inventories UptickClick to enlarge

    The EIA Petroleum Status Report showed inventories increased 1.3 million barrels to 336.1 million.  Crude prices fell but hold above $100. (image source Econoday)



  • December 06, 2011 - Watching the EIA

    With oil trading for $101+ per barrel, Hawk100 will be watching the EIA petroleum status report on US inventory levels tomorrow.



  • December 02, 2011 - Unemployment Drops to 8.6%Click to enlarge

    "The key to the drop in the broader unemployment rate was due to a 378,000 drop in the number of people employed part time but who would prefer full-time work." (WSJ)



  • December 01, 2011 - Jobless Claims Soften MarketsClick to enlarge

    Labor department report of 402,000 weekly jobless claims brought a moment's rest to stock gyrations. (DOL)

    (Image Source Telemet)