“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
If you have adult children living with you, it is perfectly fine to ask them to shoulder some financial responsibility in your household. Ask them to regularly pay one expense a month (such as the electric bill) or have them pay rent.
In a thousand years, you will never find it. In a minute, you will notice it once. In a moment, you will see it twice. What is it?
Last week’s riddle:
LAST WEEK’S RIDDLE: It is removed from mines outside the U.S., then encased in wood, never to be released. Even so, it is still used by millions. What is it?
ANSWER: Graphite (pencil lead).
FIRST ESTIMATE OF Q3 GDP: 3.5%
A 4.0% gain in consumer spending and a 3.3% advance in government spending helped strengthen the economy in the three months ending in September. Bureau of Economic Analysis data shows that the past two quarters represent the best 6-month period for U.S. growth since 2014. It appears likely that the economy will expand more than 3% this year; if that happens, 2018 will enter the history books as the best year for the economy since 2005.1
NEW HOME SALES SLUMP, BUT PENDING HOME SALES IMPROVE
According to the Census Bureau, new home buying decreased 5.5% last month, even as the number of new homes on the market hit a nine-and-a-half-year high. The median sale price of $320,000 was 3.5% lower than it was in September 2017. Pending home sales surprised to the upside in September: they rose 0.5%. Economists polled by Briefing.com expected the National Association of Realtors to announce a housing contract activity decline of 0.3%.2,3
A SLIGHT DIP FOR CONSUMER SENTIMENT
Friday, the final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for October appeared, bearing a reading of 98.6. This was 0.4 points below its preliminary October mark, but little cause for concern.3
MORE TURBULENCE ON WALL STREET
Investors would love to see the major indices recapture some of their October losses, and perhaps that will happen as the month ends. The Dow Industrials, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite all retreated significantly last week after five days of sizable ups and downs, as anxieties about reduced profit margins and rising interest rates lingered. The blue chips gave back 2.97% to settle at 24,688.31 Friday. Losing 3.78% for the week, the Nasdaq fell to 7,167.21 at Friday’s closing bell; across the same stretch, the S&P 500 slipped 3.94% to 2,658.69.4
|% CHANGE||Y-T-D||1-YR CHG||5-YR AVG||10-YR AVG|
|REAL YIELD||10/26 RATE||1 YR AGO||5 YRS AGO||10 YRS AGO|
|10 YR TIPS||1.02||0.57||0.35||3.02|
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Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 10/26/184,5,6,7
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1 – marketwatch.com/story/third-quarter-gdp-cools-a-bit-to-a-still-solid-35-rate-2018-10-26 [10/26/18]
2 – bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-24/u-s-new-home-sales-fall-more-than-forecast-to-least-since-2016 [10/24/18]
3 – briefing.com/investor/calendars/economic/2018/10/22-26 [10/26/18]
4 – markets.wsj.com/us [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=10%2F26%2F17&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=10%2F26%2F17&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=10%2F26%2F17&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=10%2F25%2F13&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=10%2F25%2F13&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=10%2F25%2F13&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=10%2F27%2F08&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=10%2F27%2F08&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=10%2F27%2F08&x=0&y=0 [10/26/18]
6 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [10/26/18]
7 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [10/26/18]