All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market — courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.
US stocks rose over the week on strong earnings reports. The S&P 500 gained 1.5% and the Dow rose 2.3% for the week. Internationally, Japan jumped 3.7% and Europe advanced 0.7% for the week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury finished the week unchanged at 2.83%.
The CPI rose 0.1% in June over May, while core prices rose 0.2%. Prices are up 2.9% from a year earlier, the fastest pace since 2012.
Fed Chairmen Powell said the central bank should continue to gradually raise the Fed Funds rate and it was too early to tell how protections trade policies would impact the economy. Continue reading
A great job description performs several important functions. It provides appropriate criteria for new hires, structure for current employees, and a basis for conducting performance reviews. And yet how many of us have worked in positions with ridiculously outdated, inadequate or non-existent job description?
Yep. Pretty much all of us.
Job descriptions are a key tool in your HR box. Why not sharpen them up and put them to work? Continue reading
Tami Howie, CEO, MD Tech Council has lots to share!
In this episode of the Lead. Learn. Thrive. Podcast, Sharon Tiger, Director of Business Development at Raffa Financial Services talks with Tami Howie, CEO, MD Tech Council about the benefits of being a part of the council. Continue reading
In this episode of the Lead. Learn. Thrive. Podcast, Nate Solloway, Director of Raffa’s Managed Technology Services and Kerry Mickelson, CIO for Hire, discuss the difference between something happened to my data and I have to stay in business versus something happened to my building and I have to stay in business. Continue reading
Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 16th
US stocks were mixed over the week as trade war fears mounted. The S&P 500 edged up less than 0.1% and the Dow fell 0.9% for the week. Internationally, Europe gained 1.0% and Japan rose 0.7% for the week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury remained at 2.93%. Oil fell to $65.06 a barrel for its fourth straight weekly decline. Continue reading
How often have you stuck with the same dentist, bank, mechanic, or other provider because the thought of switching things up seemed more stressful or difficult than settling for the same okay-ish service you’ve been getting?What about your financial advisor? Or your insurance provider? These key consultants can do so much to help your business grow and thrive.
Or so very little.
If you’ve been rationalizing your decision to stay with your employee benefits broker, it’s time to get over the fear and drop the excuses. Continue reading