The U.S. economy is officially in the longest economic expansion ever, breaking the previous record of 120 consecutive months. The U.S. national unemployment rate remains at 3.7%, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in July, the U.S. reached a record of 157,280,000 employed individuals. Consumer spending increased, which made up for the weakness in businesses investment, housing and U.S. exports. This helped propel gains in the domestic equity markets, as the S&P 500 climbed to a year-to-date return of 20.2%. International markets didn’t fare as well, as both the MSCI EM and MSCI EAFE indices pulled back in July, bringing their 2019 returns to 9.2% and 12.6% respectively.
On Sunday, November 10th the RWS team came together to make blankets that we will donate to Fleece & Thank you in support of their mission to comfort children battling a life-threatening illness.
On Tuesday, October 8th, RWS Advisor – Alex Potter, hosted a Lunch & Learn for the University of Michigan Transplant Center. This year’s presentation topic was Planning for your Financial Future. Thank you to everyone who attended the seminar!
If you would like to schedule a lunch & learn in your department, call us at 833-RWS-INFO (797-4636) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The first quarter opened with global stock markets rallying. U.S. equities posted the strongest January returns in 30 years, as the S&P 500 climbed 7.9%. This was a continuation of the upturn that began just after Christmas when U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Powell indicated that the Fed was unlikely to raise rates much if at all in 2019, a reversal from previous stated policy. – click here to read our full quarterly newsletter
The fourth quarter of 2018 was decidedly different in many ways from the previous two quarters. U.S. stocks—which had generated strong performance for much of the year—plummeted during the fourth quarter, regardless of sector, investment style or market capitalization. Non-U.S. equities also were hit hard, but managed to outperform the domestic market. In particular, emerging markets stock held up surprisingly well during a period of significant uncertainty and volatility. – Click here to read our full Quarterly Newsletter
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Holiday Brunch 2018, it’s always a great time with great people! Happy Holiday’s from all of us at RWS!
On November 29th, we participated as an exhibitor in the 7th Annual Fall Conference – A Meaningful Life with Alzheimer’s Disease at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. On November 30th, we also participated as an exhibitor in Pathways to Positive Dementia Care Conference at the Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI. We were provided the opportunity to interact with participants who provide a meaningful life for those with Alzheimer’s. It was truly inspiring to be a part of such a wonderful cause and learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease. Thank you to the Alzheimer’s Association & Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology for allowing us to participate in such a wonderful event!
From our family kitchen to yours ~ Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy some of our RWS Team’s favorite recipes!
On Tuesday, November 13th, we hosted a Continuing Education event in the Conference Center at our Royal Oak location. Coeus Creative Group Partner Jay Johnson provided training on “Difficult Conversations” to Beaumont Nurses and Social Workers. Thank you to the Wayne State University IOG for allowing us to host this wonderful event. Check out some photos from the event!
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