Why is the stock market selling off?  Heather Long provides analysis of the current situation and how it may affect investors in the long term. While no one can perfectly assess why stock prices have been dropping, Josh Barrow of Business Insider has three theories to examine.  Worried investors may want to review the most recent report on Leading Economic Indicators from The Conference Board. Advisor Perspectives charts the trends behind its forecast for strong economic growth for the first half of 2018. Although the new tax law won’t change the way you file this season, it could have a substantial effect in the next one. There’s no time like the present to start planning your strategy to avoid unpleasant surprises next year.

The Stock Market Is Having A Panic Attack – So what is going on? And how much should you worry?  Heather Long of the Washington Post unpacks what you need to know if you are someone who invests in stocks and bonds for the long term and mostly tries to forget about the daily turbulence. Read more…

Here Are 3 Theories About Why Stocks Are Dropping, And What They Mean For The Economy–  Stocks are down sharply in the past two days. Josh Barro of Business Insider looks at three possible reasons.  Read more…

Leading Economic Index Points To Continued Growth–  “The U.S. LEI continued rising rapidly in December, pointing to a continuation of strong economic growth in the first half of 2018.  The passing of the tax plan is likely to provide even more tailwind to the current expansion,” said Aman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board.  “The gains among the leading indicators have been widespread, with most of the strength concentrated in new orders in manufacturing, consumers’ outlook on the economy, improving stock markets and financial conditions.” Read more…

Tax Strategies For 2018 Under The New Tax Act–  Because of the tax law signed in late December 2017,  taxpayers should start thinking now about their new tax strategies. Read more…

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