Looking at the Yield Curve

Looking Back at March Thinking that the United States and China might be close to a trade deal caused the market to be relatively quiet in March – until the last week when the yield curve inverted.  Essentially this means shorter term interest rates became higher than longer term rate.  This yield curve inversion caused…

Can the Market Continue Its Move Up?

Looking Back at February January and February have been very productive months for the market. Most US companies have reported earnings for last quarter.  In general, while not as robust as last year, they are positive.  The Federal Reserve (Fed) has decided to keep interest rates where they are for the moment, while continuing to…

Press Release: Henry Ford, Senior Advisor and LifeSteps Financial Principal, Predicts the 2019 New Normal: Volatility and Financial Wellness

  CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – February 25,  2019 – Henry Ford, Senior Advisor and Principal of LifeSteps Financial,  a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) firm located in Claremont, California predicts the 2019 New Normal: Volatility and Financial Wellness.  While seemingly a dichotomy, Mr. Ford believes that financial planning can bridge the ‘new normal’.  Volatility and Financial Wellness…

Terminology: Technical Analysis

There are two basic philosophies for analyzing the stock market, one is fundamental analysis, the other is technical analysis.  Fundamental analysis looks at the economic and financial factors that influence a business (financial statements, future projections, etc.).  Technical analysis, on the other hand, exams the price movement of a security. Technical analysis looks at the…

A December to Remember

Looking Back at December I’m sure we’ve all had a few sleepless nights over the market the last few months.  And, being anxious over the swings is understandable. There are several reasons for the volatility – some, somewhat logical;  others, emotional: 1) Computer algorithms that trigger buy or sell signals when certain limits are hit…

Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know

Cybercrimes aren’t anything new, but cyber attackers have become sneakier and more aggressive. As a result, companies are becoming increasingly proactive about protecting their technological profiles, especially as some of the biggest data breaches in recent history happened to companies such as Yahoo, JP Morgan Chase, Target, Starwood Hotels, eBay and more. The Yahoo data…