What I discovered should be shocking to anyone who thinks that their end of life care decisions will be respected…
Over the years I have helped clients establish Revocable Living Trusts. Typically, a trust includes documents like a Power of Attorney for Financial Assets that appoints someone to make financial decisions on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated.
The trust package should also include a Power of Attorney for Health Care in which you name the person(s) that you want to decide your health care decisions if/when you are unable to.
Jeff’s Weekly Stock Market Commentary: Will The Fed Kill Our Economy?
Last week the Federal Reserve shocked the markets by emphasizing that a December rate HIKE was “squarely back in play”. As a result, the odds of a December rate hike have gone from roughly 30% before the announcement to around 60% now.
If the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in December—even by 1 basis point—I believe that it will hasten a recession in the U.S. economy. More importantly, it is possibly that even the threat of a December rate hike could be the catalyst that causes the stock market to retest the August lows.
The S&P 500 index tumbled in August of 2014, bottoming out on August 24th at 1824. As I write this, the S&P 500 index is trading at 2105. Re-testing the August lows represents a 13% drop from today’s level. Keep in mind that virtually all but one recent economic data point shows that the U.S. economy continues to slow.
So why would the Federal Reserve raise rates into a slowing economy when they have repeatedly said that any increase would be ‘data dependent’?
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