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Fireside Charts 5.31.18

Several charts on the economic and political turmoil in Europe kick off this post as the Italian yield curve flattens significantly; a visual on how more than any other high-income nation, Italy...

Fireside Charts 5.29.18

In today's Fireside Charts we provide updates on the S&P indices showing small-cap continued leadership, a view of the rising dollar, and domestic and European bond yields. Despite the dollar's...

Fireside Charts 5.25.18 - Bonus Friday!

This Bonus Friday, both "soft" and "hard" data point to strong GDP growth this quarter, and Germany and Europe struggle for a number of reasons such as weaker inflation. Also included is a ...

The Players Behind a 401(k) Plan

Building and maintaining 401(k) plans require a comprehensive array of administrative and investment professionals. They are subject to many rules and regulations from not just the DOL, but from...

Fireside Charts 5.23.18

What factors drove the GDP growth over the past few years, where is the smart money going and how are the S&P 500 sectors reacting to rising rates? Find out in today's Fireside chats as well as...

Fireside Charts 5.21.18

Factories are hiring rapidly to keep up with the demand in our first chart covering the "prices paid" index. We share further updates on consumer debt and more specifically student loan...

The Pulse on the Defined Contribution World

The 2018 Annual DC Pulse Survey (by Blackrock and Market Strategies International) findings are in. In an effort to align the concerns and needs of plan sponsors and participants alike, we have...

Fireside Charts 5.16.18

The economic climate is not well in neighboring South America as currency indicators tumble. Rising mortgage rates hit a multi-year high this week and as oil prices rise, we see a staggering...

Fireside Charts 5.14.18

Steel scrap, lumber and other commodities see significant price increases as effects of tariffs have started to show up in the data. We follow the Baltic Dry Shipping Index, among other updates on...

Understanding Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) and their Benefits: Why the 90-Year-Old Investment Vehicle is Worth a Second Look

Our philosophy for retirement starts with the notion that no individual, family, or business is the same. So, no retirement plan solution should be made the same either. At Beaumont Capital...

Fireside Charts 5.9.18

Americans are more incentivized than ever to repay their credit card loans because the rates are now well above the post-recession levels. The current economic expansion is now the second longest...

Fireside Charts 5.7.18

Notice anything different? Welcome back to Fireside Charts from BCM's Bird's Eye View Blog! We may have renamed our dedicated chart posts, but don't fret! All the insightful and informative chart...

Market Highlights in Charts 5.4.18 - Bonus Friday!

The dollar continues to rise up as the Fed's policy diverges from much of the world. Several charts on oil show that not only is production increasing, but also taking in more light crudeAs...

Market Highlights in Charts 5.2.18

Rising wages and climbing energy costs are beginning to show up in the data and corporate margins have shown significant improvement post Q1. In other news, BBB type credit is a growing component...