Spring has finally arrived here in Central Oregon, despite the chilly temperatures lately. The days are getting longer, the birds and the bees are doing their thing, and people everywhere are thinking about future travel and finances. Something about the spring causes us to look to the future, which can sometimes mean assessing any less-than-ideal financial behaviors.
A recent poll from the National Endowment for Financial Education shows that 43% of adults with combined finances who are also in a relationship admitted to committing an act of financial deception. While that may not be an incredibly happy statistic, it tells us something about real-life relationships. When we mix love and money, life can get messy — and that’s perfectly normal.
But good news — spring is also a time for renewal, and just because certain financial behaviors have happened in the past doesn’t mean you can’t have a fresh start.
Sure, discussing money with a partner can be awkward, but imagine those discussions after you make that larger-than-usual purchase. It doesn't exactly put a spring in your step.
So how do you move forward? You get comfortable talking about money and consistently have these conversations.
Try setting a “money date” and ask each other some of these open-ended questions:
Still need some more help talking about the details of your joint finances? Check out 5 Rules for Having Constructive Conflict Conversations about Money from the Gottman Institute.
- What do we have that you feel grateful for?
- What is your biggest fear around money?
- What do you need to feel safe in a conversation about how you spend or make money?
- On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = never, 10 = always), how often do you think about money?
- How can I help you feel secure when you’re worried about money?
- What are your hopes and dreams when it comes to our money?
Whether it's discussing a future purchase with your partner, or helping you pursue your mutual financial goals, please remember your Eagle Wealth team is a resource. That’s why we always prefer both partners to attend review meetings. It’s one of the best ways to improve transparency and helps us all get on the same page.
As always, we’re here to help you navigate the complexities of personal finance so don’t hesitate to reach out.
Your Eagle Wealth Team
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Our friends at Charles Schwab recently let us know about a new scam that’s been circulating. Some investors have received calls or emails from fraudsters pretending to be employees of Charles Schwab or other reputable companies. Please take a moment to prepare yourself just in case you’re contacted in the future.
Here’s how the scams work
- Scammers make contact and suggest there’s an urgent “refund” or “suspicious trade” and they need remote access to your account.
- The impersonators will often work in teams and “transfer you” to the “Fraud Department” in order to appear more legitimate.
- Then, they ask you to verify your personal information for security purposes but are actually collecting your sensitive data.
How to protect yourself
- Be skeptical. Confirm whether the company in question is actually trying to contact you. Remember you can always hang up and call back. Use the customer service phone numbers listed on your account statements or legitimate corporate websites.
- Never give sensitive information like your credit card details or your Social Security number over the phone unless you’re certain you know who you’re speaking with.
- Don’t automatically trust your caller ID. Scammers now have the technology to make their phone number appear just like a genuine business number.
If you are contacted by one of these scammers, be sure to Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission. For more information check out our How to Protect Yourself from Scams guide. It has helpful explanations of common scams to look out for.
The Week on Wall Street
Stocks rallied last week on receding fears of a widening banking crisis, led by resurging investor interest in technology and communication services names.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 3.22%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 3.48%. The Nasdaq Composite index rose 3.37% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, advanced by 3.34%.1,2,3
Tech Leads Rally
An absence of further bad news in the banking sector made for a good week, with high-quality technology and communication services stocks leading the market. While easing banking worries laid the groundwork for the week’s positive gains, growing conviction that Fed rate hikes were ending and positive inflation data out of Europe helped support the renewed enthusiasm for stocks.
Encouraging inflation data on the domestic front on Friday also added to the gathering optimism, igniting further gains to cap a satisfying week for investors.
Inflation Grinds Lower
In an otherwise news-light week, Friday saw the release of February’s personal income and outlays report, which provides insight into inflation and consumer expenditures, the dominant contributor to economic growth.
The Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index (PCE), the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, rose 0.3% for the month, below market expectations and below the prior month’s 0.6% jump. The year-over-year increase of 5.0% improved from January’s rise of 5.3%. Energy prices declined, partially offsetting increases in food, goods, and services. Personal income rose 0.3%, while consumer spending increased 0.2%.4
THE WEEK AHEAD
KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Monday: Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index.
Tuesday: Factory Orders. Job Openings and Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
Wednesday: ADP (Automated Data Processing) Employment Report. Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Index.
Thursday: Jobless Claims.
Friday: Employment Situation.
Source: Econoday, March 31, 2023
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COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Wednesday: Conagra Brands (CAG).
Thursday: Constellation Brands (STZ).
Source: Zacks, March 31, 2023
Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.
Disclosures and Footnotes
Any companies mentioned are for informational purposes only, and this should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of their securities. Any investment should be consistent with your objectives, time frame, and risk tolerance.
1. The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2023
2. The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2023
3. The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2023
4. CNBC, March 31, 2023
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