The Economy & The Market
Summing Up The US Economy
Christopher Calandra & Lindy Brock had the pleasure of hearing former federal reserve chairmen, Ben Bernanke & Janet Yellen’s thoughts on the current US economy. They discussed our country’s national debt, inflation, & interest rates.
The Truth About US National Debt
There is a lot of fear surrounding America’s national debt because it is so high, however that isn’t really the full picture. We have a country like no other when it comes to managing our massive debt and this episode explains exactly why that’s the case.
There Is No Alternative – The TINA Effect In Today’s Markets
“There Is No Alternative” or TINA for short, is a phrase that may explain the recent behaviors in today’s markets.
The Truth Behind The 2020 Election
Election time is usually a very frightening period for many Americans. The social divide, the uncertainty of the future, and not to mention the markets. This episode presents the historical facts & stats about the US elections their relation to the markets.
Finally Some Optimism – An Update On Small Business
Chris goes over a small business economic trends study from the month of September 2020. Due to the uncertainty in the economy because of the damaging effects of COVID-19, this report is meant to show how optimistic small business owners currently are and that the economy is in recovery mode.
The Federal Reserve – How It Works
What exactly is the Federal Reserve, how does it work, and what does it even do? Chris talks about the roles that the Fed plays for the country & the American people.
Coronavirus America – The 2020 Economy Part 2
This episode is part 2 of a 2 part series where Chris interviews Chartered Financial Analyst ™, Andrew Opdyke, on the current economic situation in 2020. Andrew and Chris expand on the federal reserve’s response to COVID-19, our national debt, some thoughts on Inflation, & the 2020 presidential elections.
Coronavirus America – The 2020 Economy Part 1
This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series where Chris interviews Chartered Financial Analyst ™, Andrew Opdyke, on the current economic situation in 2020. Andrew and Chris go into some serious detail on how COVID-19 impacted the economy, the markets, the media, and unemployment in the United States.
2020 Mid-Year Economic Update
Chris interviews economist Dean Nicholson on a mid-year Economic Update for 2020. They discuss how the US economy has done during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Q2, the current path the economy is on, & what is affected by it.
Today's Pandemic Versus Tomorrows Economy
Chris interviews retired financial Advisor and economist, Dean Nicholson on topics related to the current event driven economic collapse. Together they both try and shed some light on where they believe the United States Economy will be in the near future & why.
Q1 2020 Investor Update Webinar Special
In this special edition episode, Chris hosts a webinar that outlines some major aspects about the current state of the economy after the impact of COVID 19.
Robocalls - A Pain in the Blank
Chris explains the 2019 TRACED Act and how it cracks down on Robocalls
The Coronavirus Drives A Market Sell-Off
The market experienced a big sell-off on February 24 & 25, 2020. Should you be worried?
Chris breaks down the recent market sell-off driven by the Coronavirus. He compares this sell-off to others we have experienced over time and offers some advice on how to handle the sell-off. If you have listened to the media coverage on the Coronavirus and are considering making an emotional investment decision, you need to listen to this episode.
“Please avoid emotional decisions based on media magnification”
- Chris Calandra CFP™
A Year in Review with Dean Nicholson
Chris does a review of the year with CFP Dean Nicholson. After a year of fruitless economic worries, the expansion still has momentum. Tensions with China are finally easing, and the summer’s heated rhetoric had little impact on trade flows. The treasury yield curve inverted steeply before flattening, leaving little discernible impact on the real economy. Headwinds slowed the manufacturing sector but barely affected the overall expansion.
The top of this business cycle has been confusing. Past expansions saw much faster growth, but the aging workforce has changed the rules of economic prosperity. The last recession masked America’s demographic transformation—for a full decade, slack in the labor market hid the impact of baby-boomer retirements. But now that the US is back to full employment, the aging workforce may only be able to sustain a 2% pace of GDP growth. Unemployment is at a record low and productivity at a record high. Slowing growth isn’t a sign of weakness: what matters more than GDP is how close the economy is to its full potential.
The Power Of The US Job Market
Chris goes over the job market data & the unemployment rate for 2019
Phases of Business Continuation Planning
Chris goes over the 3 phases of business continuation planning. Valuation, Succession, & Agreement.
The Pivot Continues
Call it the “Powell Put” or the “Powell Pivot” or something else, but the Federal Reserve chairman’s recent change in approach to monetary policy is reverberating through the markets.
In just a matter of a few months, central bank chief Jerome Powell has evolved from a hawk on interest rates — in favor of pushing them higher — to a seeming dove intent at the very least on waiting to see how conditions evolve before making another move.
Trade War Hysteria
Chris focuses this episode on the effects of the trade war with china and how he believes it will affect our economy.
A Decade of Growth
Chris goes over the economic expansion passing the 10 year mark in June 2019
Pivot to Uncertainty
Chris continues his conversation about whats happening in the markets in regards to the Powell Pivot. He also talks about investing in volatile markets.
The Powell Pivot
Chris discusses what happened in the markets, why it happened, and what to do next.
2019 Midyear Economic Update
Chris gives a midyear economic update for 2019 with Dean Nicholson.
Where's the Recession?
Recession hasn't hit with unemployment at a low. Chris goes over the current state of the country and explains whether or not the country is headed for a recession.
Selling When The Market Drops
Chris goes over whether or not to sell stocks when the market drops.
The Market's Wild Ride
Chris goes over the roller coaster market fluctuations of 2017 through all of 2018.
A Sneaky Thief
Chris covers Inflation and how it steals from us.
What The Heck Happened?
Chris and Dean Nicholson give some helpful information about the market's volatility
Latest News In The Mortgage Market
Chris interviews guest Jeremy Hyatt of Envoy Mortgage on the latest news in the mortgage markets.
- The 5 C's (Key Metrics)
- Best advice
- Credit scores and better deals
- Future of interest rates and impact on home values
2018 Mid-year Economic Update
2018 Midyear Economic Update
- Tax Planning & Estate Planning
State of Change
Chris discusses the state of change in the country & how that affects the markets
- Interest Rates (See Episode 2-21 "The Rise of Interest Rates"),
- Strong Job Market
- Tax Reform (See Episode 2-11 "Planning for 2018 Including Tax Law Update")
- Trade Policy
The Rise of Interest Rates
Chris discusses the rise of interest rates.
When reviewing the current environment for interest rates, almost all analysts are in agreement that they will continue to rise in the future. Short term interest rates, which in recent years were at historically low levels, have already risen. The Federal Reserve has already increased rates once this year, and at the end of a 2-day policy meeting, on May 2, the Federal Reserve decided unanimously to hold interest rates steady at the target range of 1.5 to 1.75%. Their notes said this decision was based on inflation recently moving close to the U.S. Central Bank’s target and that, “on a 12-month basis is expected to run near the Committee’s 2% objective over the medium term.”
(Source: reuters.com 5/2/2018)
The Index Revolution
Chris talks about the difference between ETF's & Mutual Funds.
Volatility Is Back
Chris explains the market's current situation and gives advice on what you could or should do because of it.
Looking Ahead To 2018
Chris gives an overview of 2017 and discusses what 2018 is looking like.
- 2017 in Review-Stocks
- Lack of volatility
- Transitioning into 2018 – “Proceed with Caution”
- Interest rate changes
- Tax Reform
- Stock Market Volatility
- Economic Growth
The Untold Economic Growth Story
The Untold and Overlooked Economic Growth & Optimism Story
- Consumer Confidence Improving
- Economic Growth Accelerating
2017 Mid-year Economic Update
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