U.S. stocks climbed higher last week with the broad-market S&P 500 posting a third weekly gain. Equity appetites were bolstered on optimism surrounding solid corporate earnings however gains were capped by comments from Fed Chairman Powell saying supply-chain constraints have worsened, hastening further inflation risks ahead.
Congressional movement is still slow in regard to tax legislation making year-end planning a moving target. Retirement reform legislation has also stalled. Look for discussion around these topics should political action change.
Here's what we're reading this week:
The economic restart has laid bare a lopsided transition toward low-carbon energy that has amplified a surge in coal and natural gas prices.
U.S. stocks rallied to all-time highs on better-than-expected corporate earnings. Oil prices hit multi-year highs.
Investors will watch activity and inflation data from the U.S., euro area and Germany for clues on the impact of supply chain disruptions on growth.
Cetera provides a reminding perspective on the short-term volatility in stock markets in a metaphor for the scary holiday upon us.
Dividend-paying stocks can help provide what investors want: growth potential with less risk.
- Preparing your portfolio for volatility could mean giving up a degree of growth potential.
- Dividend-paying companies not only offer growth potential, but have also historically been less volatile than companies that don’t pay dividends.
- American companies currently have the highest-ever amount of cash on hand available, which could make income from dividends increasingly attractive.
It’s important to note that dividend payouts are a perk, not a guarantee.