Consumer

We are thankful for the consumer. The consumer has been a workhorse for this economy this year. We have had good employment and higher wages thus leading to better confidence. In turn, this confidence has led to better retail sales. As we head into Friday and Monday, the biggest shopping days of the year, we can see that the consumer is showing strength. We need that for the economy and markets to continue being strong.

Politics

The Alabama election has been all throughout the news lately. We are thankful for the Senate’s urgency of making tax cuts stemming from the confusion the election has caused. The Senate doesn’t know who will be joining them on December 12th and this seems to have sped up the process of passing tax reform. We could see tax reform resolved by year end which could really help the consumer.

Corporate Earnings

We have talked throughout the year in our vlogs about corporate earnings. Corporate earnings have been very strong. We went through a period a few years ago where this wasn’t the case. We are thankful to see that coming back into focus. Also, we have seen an interest rate increase this year. We could possibly see another one coming in December so that will be important to watch.

Greg Powell, CIMA®
President and CEO
Wealth Consultant
Email Greg Powell here

Bobby Norman, CFP®, AIF®
Senior Vice President
Wealth Consultant
Email Bobby Norman here

Trey Booth, CFA®, AIF®
Senior Vice President
Wealth Consultant
Email Trey Booth here

Fi Plan Partners is an independent investment firm in Birmingham, AL, serving clients across the nation through financial planning, wealth management and business consulting. Fi Plan Partners creates strategies in the best interest of their clients using both fee based investing and transactional investing.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and may not be invested into directly.

Economic forecasts set forth in this presentation may not develop as predicted.

No strategy can ensure success or protect against a loss.
Stock investing involves risk including potential loss of principal.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC and a registered investment advisor.

#252 Confidence Becomes Action #250 Bright Spots Amid Political Uncertainty