MWM Weekly Update

The Week of December 9, 2019

MWM Weekly Update

The Week of December 9, 2019


Here are some highlights from last week’s market activity and events around our community you may enjoy reading about. We have also included some educational resources to help you live your best financial life. We remain committed to helping you navigate the ever-changing investment environment.

The following highlights should not be viewed as a recommendation, nor is this a notification of an impending change in asset allocation.  For more information, please contact your advisor with any questions.


Tuesday, December 20th - MWM office closing early for our annual staff holiday gathering

Tuesday, December 24th - MWM office closed and market to close early
Wednesday, December 25th - MWM office and markets closed

In the Markets

  • Market performance was uneven last week, culminating in some of the benchmark indexes closing in the black while a few lost value by week's end. A strong jobs report and guarded optimism that progress will continue toward a resolution to the U.S./China trade war helped push stocks higher. The S&P 500 closed up less than 0.25%, while the small caps of the Russell 2000 gained over 0.50%. The Dow fell slightly, as did the tech-heavy Nasdaq. Year-to-date, the Nasdaq continues to lead the way, followed by the S&P 500, the Russell 2000, the Dow, and the Global Dow. Long-term government bond prices dipped pushing yields higher as investors were likely influenced by last week's robust labor numbers.

Source: Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc.

  • The focus this week is on the Federal Open Market Committee, which meets for the first time since October. Having lowered interest rates three times already this year, it is unlikely that the Committee reduces rates again this month. While inflation has remained tepid, business investment picked up last month, as did manufacturing and exports, which should be enough to forestall another rate cut.

Source: Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc.

Articles & Education

Lesser-Known Seasonal Tips for Maintaining a Shipshape Home

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8 Questions to Ask Your Family During the Holidays

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Investment Term of the Week

Year-End Planning

Charitable Gift Securities
It is advisable to do this prior to December 1st.
There is no guarantee gifts of securities will be processed in time if done late in December.

Required Minimum Distributions
RMD's are due before December 31st.
Trades need to be placed prior to December 20th.

Roth Conversions
Due before December 20th.

Season of Giving

MWM will be making weekly contributions this holiday season to organizations serving critical needs in our communities. This is our way of honoring our clients who have trusted us to help them meet their financial goals.

This week we chose to contribute to the PORTLAND HOMELESS FAMILY SOLUTIONS. This organization helps families experiencing homelessness and the threat of homelessness through prevention, emergency support, shelter, and through teaching skills to parents that help them get and keep permanent housing.

"Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term. With your support, PHFS helps over 150 homeless families with children get back into permanent housing each year."

The photo included was from a partnership program with the Oregon Symphony, where mothers in PHFS programs wrote and recorded lullabies for their children with a live orchestra.

In the Community

Barron's Women's Summit Recap

Judith was an invited guest to the Barron’s Women Summit, Dec. 4-6 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. A few advisors were inducted in the Barron’s Hall of Fame, an honor she shared with Raymond James Advisor Margaret Starner. Topics were varied but included Practice Management, China: Trade and Tariffs, Macro Risks and Opportunities in Today’s Market, Matters of Family Governance, Technology and health related topics including a deep review of sleep. The final keynote speaker address the state of the U.S. Economy.

Advanced Planners Study Group Conference Recap

Linette and Jennifer participated in the Advanced Planners Study Group in Vail, CO last week. Speaker, Jane Henshaw’s Topic 100 is the New 80: The New Frontier. She discussed the challenges of living to a century or more, brain science, the human machine and personal well-being. Soon Americans over the age of 65 will outnumber those under the age of 18. The good news is “middle age” is now considered 65. However, that is a double edged sword as we plan for our retirement. While the human brain peak is age 18 cognitively, crystallized intelligence and financial capability peak at middle age. As we age, we typically lose our financial capacity first.

Ms. Henshaw discussed how we can stimulate the brain and even manipulate which part of the brain (feeling or frontal cortex) we use in making decisions. She discussed Muse, a headband that helps you meditate and provides bio feedback. Working different parts of our brains as we age is an important part of keeping us cognitively fit. Do more crossword puzzles, play cards, try something new.

Feeling the Spirit of the Holidays

Last Thursday, the MAC Club has their annual holiday open house and tree lighting ceremony. Sarah and her family also be built a gingerbread house together.

More Holiday Festivities

Saturday, Sarah and her daughter, Bella, attended the MAC mother-daughter holiday tea then the Alberta Street Tree lighting in the evening.

Please do not hesitate to call your advisor if you have any questions.
Until we speak again, have a wonderful week.

Thought of the Week

These highlights should not be viewed as a recommendation, nor is this a notification of an impending change in asset allocation. For more information, please contact your advisor with any questions. Opinions expressed in the attached article are those of Judith McGee and are not necessarily those of Raymond James. All opinions are as of this date and are subject to change without notice.

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