Talking Points: January 18, 2021

S&P 500 earnings are estimated to have fallen by 15%

Talking Points: January 11, 2021

Last year, the amount of currency in circulation soared at a rate unseen since WWII

Talking Points: December 7, 2020

Amazon strained to meet its two-day delivery window early on the pandemic…

Talking Points: November 30, 2020

Amazon added 427,300 employees between January and October

Talking Points: November 23, 2020

Even in the face of the pandemic, financially, most Americans are doing surprisingly well.

Talking Points: November 16, 2020

By the end of this year, American renters will owe at least $7.2 billion…

Talking Points: November 9, 2020

“Chance favors the prepared mind.”

Talking Points: November 2, 2020

Going back to 1950, the 28th of October is historically the best day of the year for the U.S. stock market.

Talking Points: October 26, 2020

There is nearly $11 trillion in retirement accounts…

Talking Points: October 19, 2020

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need…

Talking Points, October 12, 2020

In August, the value of the five companies in the SP 500…

Talking Points: October 5,2020

The fourth quarter is usually the best performing quarter for equities…

Talking Points: September 21, 2020

This year has been topsy-turvy and upside down for so many reasons.

Talking Points: September 14, 2020

Football is America’s most popular sport…

Talking Points: September 7, 2020

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

Talking Points: August 31, 2020

U.S. technology stocks, currently valued at $9.1 trillion…

Talking Points: August 24, 2020

This is the first Democratic ticket since 1984 that will not have someone on it with an Ivy League degree.

Talking Points: August 17, 2020

During a normal year, restaurants employ 15.6 million Americans and generate $900 billion in revenue.

Talking Points, August 10, 2020

If you adjust for inflation, gold still has to climb to $2,800 per ounce to surpass 1980 levels.

Talking Points: August 3, 2020

The S&P 500 has outperformed the rest of the developed world…

Talking Points: July 27, 2020

If Tesla is added to the S&P 500, it would be the most valuable company ever added to the index

Talking Points: July 20,2020

A 70-year-old Seattle man who spent 62 days in the hospital recovering from Covid-19, received a 181-page bill for $1.12 million.

Talking Points: July 13, 2020

If it meant never having to send another penny to the IRS, 27% would get the letters “IRS” tattooed on their body…

Talking Points: July 6, 2020

Don’t compare Elon Musk to Henry Ford…

Talking Points: June 29, 2020

Global debt is expected to climb to a new all-time high of more than $257 trillion.

June 22, 2020

As many as 25,000 hotel rooms, or roughly 20% of the New York total, may not reopen.

Talking Points: June 15,2020

On Thursday, in just three days, the small-cap Russell 2000 entered correction territory.

Talking Points, June 8,2020

Social Security’s COLA is linked to the consumer price index (CPI).

Talking Points: June 1, 2020

The personal savings rate hit a historic 33% in April.

Talking Points, May 25,2020

In March, the savings rate in the United States climbed to 13.1% – the highest rate since November 1981.

Talking Points: May 18,2020

Global energy demand is expected to fall by 6% this year…

Talking Points: May 11, 2020

A contractor, when done performing a deep-clean of a library in Newmarket, U.K., put the books back on the shelves incorrectly.

Talking Points: May 4, 2020

“Birth is not about making babies. Birth is about making mothers.”

Talking Points: April 27, 2020

Netflix’s total energy consumption rose 84% last year to 451,000 megawatt-hours.

Talking Points: April 20, 2020

The sheet of paper that Paul McCartney used to jot down the lyrics of “Hey Jude” during its original recording session recently sold at auction for $910,000.

Talking Points: April 13, 2020

Lincoln died, the Titanic sank, Ray Crock started McDonald’s, and Babe Ruth hit his first home run…

Talking Points: April 6, 2020

The only stock in the Dow that rose during the first quarter was Microsoft

Talking Points: March 30,2020

The Black Death killed 20 million Europeans in the 14th century.

Talking Points: March 23, 2020

“To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are greedily buying requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest reward.”

Talking Points: March 16, 2020

The “Spanish” flu, as the 1918 pandemic…

Talking Points: March 9,2020

In 1784, the American envoy to Paris, Benjamin Franklin…

Talking Points: March 2, 2020

The average decline for stock market corrections is about 13.7% …

Talking Points: February 24, 2020

As the world grows more dependent on e-commerce…

Talking Points: February 17, 2020

In the U.S., Valentine’s Day ranks 94th in the year for consumer spending at local restaurants…

Talking Points: February 10,2020

In 2019, Apple sold more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry

Talking Points: February 3, 2020

On January 19th, IBM’s stock rose $4.83.

Talking Points: January 27, 2020

“The Davos Economic Forum: Where billionaires, tell millionaires how the middle class feels.”

Talking Points: January 20, 2020

American taxpayers have spent $6.4 trillion on costs related to and caused by post-9/11 wars and conflicts.

Talking Points: January 13, 2019

The stock market’s performance in the first five days of a given year can sometimes predict the market’s direction for the rest of the year.

Talking Points: January 6, 2020

Global stock markets gained $17 trillion in value in 2019.

Talking Points: December 30, 2019

Only 8% of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually achieve their aims.

Talking Points: December 23, 2019

Only 3% of Americans say they got into a political argument at the Thanksgiving table this year.

Talking Points: December 16, 2019

For 36 years, PNC has calculated the prices of the twelve gifts from the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Talking Points: December 9,2019

There had only been five negative years following a 25% annual return since 1928.

Talking Points: December 2, 2019

In 2018, American returned 10% of purchases, or $369 billion worth of undesired items.

Talking Points: November 25, 2019

Going back to 1928, there have been 17 occasions when the S&P 500 has scored an annual gain of at least 25%

Talking Points: November 18, 2019

In the U.S., there are now 12.5 homes for sale per 1,000 households, the lowest number on record in 37 years.

Talking Points: November 11, 2019

There are 600 billionaires in the U.S., with more than 40% of them residing in California and New York.

Talking Points: November 4, 2019

The total number of millionaires in the world increased by 1.1 million from the middle of 2018 to the middle of 2019.

Talking Points: October 28, 2019

A survey of consumer preferences showed that typical Google users would ask for $17,530 to stop using Google

Talking Points: October 21, 2019

The most popular vegetable in America is — corn!

Talking Points: October 14, 2019

On October 12, 1492, a sailor named Rodrigo saw the early morning moon shining…

Talking Points: October 7, 2019

From 1980 to 2017, in the three years after their listing, IPO’s under-performed the broader markets by 19%.

Talking Points: September 30, 2019

The United States has more than 700,000 open technology jobs…

Talking Points: September 23, 2019

Since 2001, the 61 Political Action Committees raised $349.3 million…

Talking Points: September 16, 2019

The average price of a concert ticket has quadrupled over the past two decades…

Talking Points: September 9, 2019

On September 12th, the first American born after the events of 9/11 officially became eligible to enlist in the military.

Talking Points: September 2, 2019

Legendary investor Warren Buffet once said that if he were stuck on a desert island…

Talking Points: August 26, 2019

On average, consumers buy 60% more clothing today than they did 15 years ago…

Mark’s Minute:

The #1 Fear In America

Talking Points: August 19, 2019

About 58% of the S&P 500 stocks now have yields higher than 10-year Treasuries

Talking Points: August 12, 2019

“At best, most college presidents are running something that is somewhere between a faltering corporation and a hotel.”

Talking Points: August 5, 2019

“You have to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

Talking Points: July 29, 2019

A recent poll conducted in June of this year revealed that 6% of Americans believe the moon landing was staged…

Talking Points: July 22, 2019

In every case going back to 1971, when the Fed began a new easing cycle while the economy was expanding…

Talking Points: July 15, 2019

Of the 20 times stocks have rallied in the first six months of the year by more than 10%…

Talking Points: July 8, 2019

In 1783, there were 4,131 breweries in America…

Talking Points: July 1, 2019

Forty-three percent of Americans don’t know that the First Amendment gives them the right to freedom of speech …

Talking Points: June 24, 2019

By the end of 2018, there were 53 firms in the S&P 500 that increased their dividends to stockholders

Talking Points: June 17, 2019

The CEO of the company Simpliflying tried an experiment…

Talking Points: June 10, 2019

The U.S. expansion reaches its 10-year mark this month.

Talking Points: June 3, 2019

Of the 469 recessions in 194 countries since 1988, only four were predicted by economists at the International Monetary Fund

Talking Points: May 27, 2019

Since 1896, the DOW has fallen by at least 2% in a single day 1,011 times.

Talking Points: May 20, 2019

Up to 16% of doctors’ traditional white coats tested positive for MRSA

Talking Points: May 13, 2019

There are now 1.2 million more job openings in the U.S. than there are unemployed Americans.

Talking Points: May 6, 2019

“Birth is not about making babies. Birth is about making mothers.”

Talking Points: April 29, 2019

Roughly 40% of parents with kids in youth sports are confident that their child will one day get an athletic scholarship

Talking Points: April 22, 2019

The biggest stock market winner so far since the beginning of 2000 is not Amazon…

Talking Points: April 15, 2019

The IRS estimates that business owners don’t pay $125 billion in taxes they oweevery year.

Talking Points: April 8, 2019

If it meant never to have to send another penny to the IRS, 27% would get the letters “IRS” tattooed on their body

Talking Points: April 1, 2019

The U.S. is building a $500 million supercomputer that can reach “exascale” performance.

Talking Points: NCAA, Income Tax, Movie Prices

In the tax year 2015, the top 50% of wage earners accounted for 97.2% of the total income tax paid.

Talking points:Cookies, Oil, Markets

Girl Scout Cookies are an $800 million business

Talking Points: S&P 500, Amazon, AI

March and April are historically two of the best months for the S&P 500.

Talking Points: Employers, Real Estate, Diplomacy

U.S employers posted 7.3 million available jobs in December

Talking Points: Jobs, Democracy, Loans

January marked 100 months in a row of positive job creation, by far the longest streak on record.

Talking Points: President’s Day, Mortality, Democracy

Calling “Presidents Day” a holiday doesn’t make it so.

Talking Points: Stocks, Births,Tax Rates

The Jamaican Stock Exchange was the world’s best performing stock market in 2018

Talking Points: Super Bowl, Medicare, Investors

The day after the Super Bowl is the Number 1 sick day every year

Talking Points: Cell Phones, Legos, Coffee

Ninety-six percent of the world’s population now live within reach of a cell phone network.

Talking Points: Life Span, FDIC, Banks

American life expectancy has shown our average span either falling or stagnating for the third consecutive year.

Talking Points: Jobs, SBA, Energy

Job openings declined to about 6.9 million in November, but there are still about 800,000 more jobs than there are workers.

Talking Points: Stocks, Finance, Funds

December 26, 2018 marked a historic day- more than 500 stocks in the S&P 500 finished positive…

Talking Points: S&P 500, Resolutions, Planning

Since 1969, the S&P 500 has averaged a gain of 1.3% over the seven-day period that encompasses the last five sessions of the year and the first two trading days of the new year.

Talking Points: Recessions, Stocks, Christmas

The US playing card company, Bicycle, manufactured cards to give to all Prisoners of War in Germany during WWII as a Christmas present.

Talking Points: College, Fraud, Bitcoin

Thirty-two percent of college graduates end up in a career that didn’t require a college degree.

Talking Points: Markets, Holidays, Employment

“Markets take the stairs up but the elevator down.”

Talking Points: Imports, Politics, Computers

Eighty-two percent of toys sold in America are imported from China.

Talking Points: Christmas Trees, Music, Orchids

Over the past two years, the average price of a Christmas Tree rose 17% from $64 in 2015 to $73 in 2017.

Talking Points: Equities, Voting, Childcare

Since WWII, the average correction for the S&P 500 lasts 4 months and sees equities slide 13%.

Talking Points: Midterms, Top 1%, Holiday Sales

History shows that the midterm elections act as a launching pad for stocks.

Talking Points: Issues, Business, Taxes

Talking Points: Issues, Business,Taxes “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” George Orwell, 1946 “There is nothing in the business situation to warrant destruction of values that has taken place on… Read More

Talking Points: Investing, Flu, Selfies

“When investing money, the amount invested should depend on whether you want to eat well or sleep well.” J. Kennfield Morley Last winter, 80,000 Americans died of the flu and related complications, the most since the winter of 1976-77. Fox News, September 27, 2018 Over the past six years, at least 259 people around the… Read More

Talking Points: Retail, Netflix, Student Loans

Retail, Netflix, Student Loans This year, 25% of mall space in the U.S. is occupied by non-retail and non-restaurant companies, up from 19% in 2012. Business Insider, October 1, 2018 Netflix is on pace to add 27.4 million subscribers this year. That is nearly as many as HBO added in the past 40 years. CNBC,… Read More

Talking Points: Politics, Polls, Fake Ad

Talking Points: Politics, Polls, Fake Ad “In politics, the short term is crystal clear and the long term is murky; in the stock market, the short term is murky but the long term is crystal clear.” David Gergen A new poll found that nearly a third of voters do not know the names of their… Read More

Talking Points: Currencies, Cell Phones, IPO’s

Talking Points: Currencies, Cell Phones, IPO’s “The Indians I met readily embraced Christianity…they were always smiling…their speech is the sweetest in the world…they are a loving people…weapons, they have none…it appears that the people are ingenious and would be good servants.” Christopher Columbus A review of the values of 143 global currencies indicates that so… Read More

Talking Points: Oil, Gas, TV

Oil, Gas, TV For seven straight years, the U.S. has pumped more oil and gas out of the ground than any other country. U.S. natural gas production stole the top spot from Russia in 2008, and exceeded Saudi Arabia’s oil production in 2013. Since 2008, U.S. petroleum and natural gas production has jumped nearly 60%…. Read More

Talking Points: Bezos, Money Matters, Markets

Talking Points: Bezos, Money Matters, Markets Jeff Bezos, with a net worth of $156.7 billion, is donating $2 billion on his new “Day One Fund,” that would fund nonprofits that help the homeless. That would be the equivalent to the average American giving $1,187. CNBC, September 13, 2018  Sales of luxury apartments in New York… Read More

Mark’s Minute: What’s New in Washington?

What’s New in Washington? These Bullet Points Tell The Story Are you wondering if new ground  will be broken or if history is repeating itself?  Bob Sellers who is an expert in politics has this to share… What’s New in Washington?    Share this on:

Talking Points: Manufacturing, Amazon, Apple

Manufacturing, Amazon, Apple From July of 2017 to July of this year, U.S. manufacturing added 327,000 jobs, the most of any 12-month period since April 1995., August 3, 2018 In 2017, 76% of the companies that became publicly listed were unprofitable in the year before their Initial Public Offering. That’s lower than the 81%… Read More

Talking Points: The World, Savings, Home Sales

Talking Points: World, Savings, Homes The world’s middle class now totals 3.7 billion people, or 48% of the world’s population. The Brookings Institution, July 11, 2018  The government has pushed up its estimate of the personal saving rate from 3.3% to 7.2%. That comes to $613.5 billion in additional savings, enough money to purchase more… Read More

Talking Points: Taxes, Benefits, Capitalism

Taxes, Benefits, Capitalism Apple has 489 open appeals with regards to property taxes. The company disputes what the assessor valued at $8.5 billion in property. In one of those appeals, Apple says that a cluster of properties in the vicinity of Apple Park is not worth $1 billion, but is in fact worth only $200…. Read More

Talking Points: Investing, DEFCON, Economy

Investing, DEFCON, Economic Index This may be the year when popular investing mantras like “sell in May and go away,” are turned on their heads. So far, 2018 has defied convention with the S&P 500 climbing almost 7% since the beginning of May. MarketWatch, August 14, 2018 Urban areas make up just 3.6% of the… Read More

Talking Points: Growth, Email, Manufacturing

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the uptick in growth we have experienced in the first five quarters of the Trump presidency, “has already added $1.3 trillion to the 10-year federal revenue projection.” The Week, August 10, 2018 On average, mass marketing email “open rates” are only 20% while text messages are read 98% of… Read More

Talking Points: College, Elections, Fees

College, Elections, Fees Students entering college this year could pay more than $190,000 for a bachelor’s degree. CNN, May 21, 2018 There have only been two years in the midterm election years where the market has been up in April, May, June, and July and it was 1954 and 1958. Each one of those times,… Read More

Talking Points: Energy, Loans, IRS

Energy, Loans, IRS The energy used in our digital consumption is set to have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry. The Guardian, July 17, 2018 Personal loans surged to a record this year and are now the fastest-growing U.S. consumer-lending category. Outstanding balances soared 18% to a record $120 billion…. Read More

Talking Points: Home Prices, Farm Profits, Cheese Surplus

Home Prices, Farm Profits, Cheese Surplus The San Jose area was once again the most expensive place in the U.S. to buy a home in 2017, with a median price of $1.27 million. MarketWatch, February 13, 2018 The terrorist group al-Shabab, the Somalia-based militant Islamic group that has massacred thousands of civilians, has announced a… Read More

Talking Points: Advertising, China, Jobless Rate

Advertising, China, Jobs Google and Facebook combined make up roughly 25% of all global advertising expenditures, and control more of the advertising market than all of the print media on the planet. Abundance Insider, July 9, 2018 China is home to the world’s best pencil graphite. In China, the color yellow is connected with royalty,… Read More

Mark’s Minute: Our clients are aging with consistent regularity

Have these conversations before it is too late. Some sage advice about having this important talk with your aging clients before its too late. Because this can be a difficult conversation to start, there are a number of useful links in this article from MarketWatch, including a  “playbook” you can download. Read the full article … Read More

Talking Points: S&P 500, Education, US Workers

S&P 500, Education, US Workers Since 1950 there have been 35 years when the S&P 500 was up a minimum of 3% at the start of summer (June 21). The S&P saw further gains in 30 of those 35 years.  CNBC, June 24, 2018 In today’s digital world, within just 1/1000 of a second we produce written content equivalent… Read More

Talking Points: Flag, Health Insurance, DOW

Flag, Health Insurance, DOW The US flag currently in use was actually designed by a 17-year-old high school student as a class project. After Hawaii and Alaska joined the union in 1959, Robert Heft designed a flag with five rows of six stars and four rows of five stars. His teacher told him it was… Read More

Talking Points: Wealth, Robocalls, Workforce

Wealth, Robocalls, Workforce U.S. household wealth topped $100 trillion for the first time ever. Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2018 “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein The number of robocalls reached a record in April, with 3.36 billion calls placed, a 6.5% increase… Read More

Mark’s Minute: How does the market react to to a crisis?

Reaction 20 days & 250 days later Whether it be a physical war or a war of words, the stock market tends to react. But what does the market do weeks and months later? Click here to see the chart Share this on:

Talking Points: Social Security, Tesla, AI

Social Security, Tesla, AI This year, Social Security’s costs will exceed its income for the first time since 1982, forcing the program to dip into its nearly $3 trillion trust fund to cover benefits. The Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2018 “There are only two American car companies that have never gone bankrupt: Ford and… Read More

Talking Points: McDonald’s, California, Fertility Rate

McDonald’s, California, Fertility Rate There are 37,241 McDonald’s restaurants in 120 countries but not a single one in North Korea. According to an intelligence report, Kim Jong Un may allow a “Western hamburger franchise” into Pyongyang as a gesture of goodwill. Thomas Friedman once famously observed that no two countries, that both have a McDonald’s,… Read More

Talking Points: Student Loans, Gas, Strikes

Student Loans, Gas, Strikes Black unemployment is down to 5.9%, while white unemployment is at 3.5%- the smallest gap between the two rates ever recorded. CNN Money, June 1, 2018 Due to escalating tuition and easy credit, the United States has 101 people who owe at least $1 million in federal student loans. The number… Read More

Talking Points: Women, Graduates, & Millennials

Women, Graduates, & Millennials A recent survey found that 36% of American women earn more than their partner. For men in their 20’s and 30’s, that just fine. More than 1 in 3 say that the relationship and romantic dynamics change for the positive when the person they’re seeing earns more than they do. CNBC,… Read More

Talking Points: Apple, Wealth, Surplus

Apple, Wealth, Surplus In the latest fiscal year, Apple brought in $229 billion, more than 5 times the entire economic output of Wyoming. New York Times, May 7, 2018 The top 0.1% of wealthy Americans are seen as big winners, but just below them are the 9.9%- and they now own more financial assets than the top… Read More

Talking Points: Job Openings, CO2, Elections

Job Openings, CO2, Elections In March of this year, there were 6.55 million job openings, and 6.59 million people claiming unemployment, meaning there is now a job opening for nearly every unemployed worker in America.  Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 8, 2018 Kate Middleton’s cost of delivering their third child in a private luxury room… Read More

Talking Points: Wellness, Facebook, Unemployment

Wellness, Facebook, Unemployment The market for wellness- whether it be a trendy health fad, a diet, a supplement, a specific type of exercise equipment, or an alternative treatment, now exceeds the total U.S. health expenditure for disease and illness. MarketWatch, April 27, 2018 The median pay for Facebook’s 25,000 employees last year was $240,430. Mark… Read More

Mark’s Minute: How Bitcoin Investing Can Work For Seniors

You may be wary of Bitcoin but … I’ve been exploring/ researching /talking about Crypto Currencies  for some time now- should you buy, sell, or hold? What if you are approaching retirement but your millennial children (those not still living at home!) are encouraging you to invest…what should you do? Kerri Zane’s recent article in… Read More

Talking Points: Internet, Music, Books

Internet, Music, Books Internet crimes netted the perpetrators $455 billion in 2017., April 15, 2018 Forty-three percent of music revenues came from streaming last year. Tech Crunch, April 23,2018 Every book to hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2018 so far has either been about contemporary politics in general or… Read More

Talking Points: Jobs, Employment, Pets

Jobs, Employment, Pets In the 12-state region that makes up the Midwest, available jobs outnumber out-of-work job seekers. If every unemployed person in the region were hired today, there would still be 180,000 unfilled positions. The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2018 The portion of Americans over the age of 65 who were employed, full-time… Read More

Mark’s Minute: Seven Common Financial Regrets You Want To Avoid

Being a speaker, I get the chance to talk to thousands of people each year, particularly those in the financial industry. My mission is to insure they take away some good advice and learn something of value. I was quoted in this article in The Street, where I discuss regrets- more specifically, not saving early… Read More

Talking Points: Cars, GDP Growth, Environment

Cars, GDP Growth, Environment All those cars that Volkswagen bought back in the wake of their embarrassing emissions scandal have to end up somewhere, and that somewhere is large parking lots across America. Today, there are currently 294,000 cars parked in such areas as the abandoned Detroit Lions stadium, some are rotting on a decommissioned… Read More

Talking Points: Health Care, Housing, Estate Planning

Health Care, Housing, Estate Planning A JAMA study found that 63% of the U.S. increase in health care spending from 1996 to 2013 was attributable to providers doing more for patients in each visit and charging more for those procedures. The New York Times, January 2, 2018 Home prices have soared by an average 48%… Read More

Talking Points: Self-Storage, Millennials, Private Equity

Self-Storage, Millennials, Private Equity The U.S. has more than 50,000 self-storage facilities with roughly 2.3 billion square feet of rentable space. In other words, the volume of self-storage units in the country could fill Grand Central Station with old clothing, skis, and keepsakes more than 11 times. Curbed, March 27, 2018 According to a Harris… Read More

Talking Points: 401(k), Cryptocurrency, Lottery

401(k), Cryptocurrency, Lottery Americans lost track of more than $7.7 billion worth of retirement savings in 2015 alone by “accidentally and unknowingly” abandoning their 401(k). USA Today, February 25, 2018 South Korea, which has one of the longest workweeks in the world, is reducing the maximum number of hours someone can work in a week… Read More

Talking Points: U-Haul, Amazon, Snapchat

U-Haul, Amazon, Snapchat Points to encourage interesting conversation Due to soaring housing prices, many people are moving away from the San Francisco Bay area. Because of this, a one-way U-Haul rental from San Jose to Las Vegas now costs roughly $2,000, compared to just $100 for a truck going in the other direction., February 2,… Read More

Talking Points: Fake News,Uber, Fake News

Stocks, Uber, Fake News Engage your clients with these interesting points Stock buybacks amounted to $151.1 billion in February- a new record. CNBC, March 6, 2018 Nearly 100,000 members of Generation Z- those born after 1994, own a home. MarketWatch, March 8, 2018 A man got drunk in West Virginia and mistakenly ordered an Uber… Read More

Talking Points: S&P 500,Taxes, Girl Scout Cookies

S&P 500, Girl Scout Cookies Engage your clients with interesting information. On a total-return basis, the S&P 500 fell 2.6% in February. That drop represents the benchmark index’s first such decline since October 2016, meaning an uninterrupted 15-month rally, the longest streak in the history of the S&P, came to a close. MarketWatch, March 1,… Read More

Talking Points: Retail, Banks, Bitcoin

 Retail, Banks, Bitcoin The National Retail Federation said holiday sales in 2017 reached nearly $692 billion. About $90 billion, or 13%, is expected to be returned through the end of February, 2018., February 6, 2018 In the 12 months ended June 2017, banks shut 1,700 branches, the fastest decline on record., February 6, 2018… Read More

Talking Points: Presidents, Plumbers, Cryptocurrencies

Talking Points for Engaging Conversations “If a president is skilled he can still only get about three important things done in a term, less than many folks fear or hope.” Ronald Regan During the week of February 5th, US stock funds saw a record $23.9 billion withdrawn by investors, the worst outflows on record. Yahoo Finance,… Read More

Talking Points: Stock Market, Job Creation, FBI

Talking Points for Engaging Conversations Despite the enormous wealth creating-power of the stock market, looking at it too closely can be terrifying. A daily look at portfolio values means you see a loss 46.7% of the time, whereas a yearly look shows a loss a mere 27.6% of the time. The Center for Outcomes, February… Read More

Talking Points: Stock Market, The Fed, Erroneous Missile Warning

Talking Points for Engaging Conversations The average bull market “correction” is 13% over four months and takes just four months to recover. Investopedia, January30, 2018 The Federal Reserve turned over $80.2 billion to the Treasury in 2017. MarketWatch, January 10, 2018 Hawaii’s governor confessed he was unable to correct the state’s erroneous warning of an imminent… Read More

The Tom Brady Factor

Just in time for the Super Bowl In my presentation, “Secrets of the Temple” I speak about data mining. If you love this stuff as much as I do you will love this stat. We are all aware of how the Super Bowl has, with some accuracy, predicted that year’s market performance. A New England… Read More

Talking Points: Health Care, Vehicles, Richest Man in the World

 Talking Points… for Engaging Conversations! For the first time in history, health care has surpassed manufacturing and retail to become the largest source of jobs in America., January 9, 2018 Roughly $16 billion was wasted on unwanted holiday gifts in 2017., December 28, 2017 Today, there are now 1.26 vehicles on the road… Read More

Mark’s Minute: The aging of America

America is growing older with consistent regularity The map below shows where we were, where we are, and where we’re going. I was recently in South Florida and visited one of those minimum-security housing subdivsions – you know the ones I am talking about, right? The ones with the guard gates and the 8-foot wall… Read More

Talking Points: S&P 500, Bitcoin, Bankruptcy

The first-year average gain for first-term presidents since 1928 has been 13%. Trump’s performance, as measured by the S&P 500, was up 23%. Obama’s first year saw the S&P gain 41%. CNBC, January 18, 2018 The Bitcoin exchange ‘Coinbase’ opened over 300,000 new accounts over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, which now makes them larger (in… Read More

Talking Points: The DOW, Youtube, Zillow, Unemployment

Photo Credit: htmvalerio The DOW’s record close in 2017 ended with six full weeks of gains-  the last time that happened was in 1954., December 29, 2017 January 17 is popularly thought to be the day when a large number of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions. The equivalent of 65 years… Read More

Mark’s Minute: Blockchain Technology

Blockchain: The Next Disruptor? I often suggest our goal in the financial business is to see it before it is obvious- when it is too obvious, it is too late. This article, directed toward advisors, illustrates why one goal you should absolutely make for 2018 is to learn more about Blockchain technology…before it is too… Read More

Talking Points: Solar Energy, Gift Cards, Aviation, S&P 500

The S&P 500 posted positive total returns in every month of 2017, something the index has not done in its 90 year history. Seeking Alpha, January 2, 2018 Roughly $1 billion in gift cards go unused every year. MarketWatch, December 26, 2017 Over the last two decades aviation deaths around the world have been steadily falling. Airlines recorded no accident fatalities in… Read More

Mark’s Minute: A “Death Clean”

For over a decade I have emphasized the importance of helping your clients get their house in order. This is yet another outstanding article encouraging the same. While the name is a little off-putting, I highly recommend doing what this article refers to as  A Death Clean   Share this on:

Talking Points: S&P 500, Christmas, Consumers

S&P 500, Christmas, Consumers The S&P 500 has returned nearly 20% in 2017. If the gains continue, this year will mark the seventh year out of the past nine the market has closed with a double-digit increase., December 8, 2017 “Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay… Read More

Mark’s Minute: Santa “Costs”!

Sometimes I wonder, “who has the time to do this level of research and why?” But I’m so glad they do! This article about Santa’s annual expenditures falls under that category. With Christmas just days away, Catherine Campo has calculated how much Santa Claus spends annually to supply a single toy to the 2.4 billion… Read More

Mark’s Minute: Incredible Inventions

14 Incredible Inventions that Were Discovered by Accident Thomas Edison, as we all know, famously said after inventing the lightbulb, “I did not fail, I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Along those same lines, I found this article to be informative, funny, and encouraging! The phrase “are you doing, what you know you… Read More

Keith Jarrett

Mark’s Minute : Keith Jarrett’s Story

I love to tell stories to get a point across and if you’ve heard me speak you know I always say, “Facts tell, and stories sell.” To that that end I am always looking for stories that either inform or inspire and this one does both so take a few moments and enjoy… The best-selling… Read More

Mark’s Minute: Pious Drinking

A History of Pious Drinking Many of you enjoy the stories that I share in my presentations and some of you even approach me afterwards ask, “Where do you get this stuff?” Because I spend so much time in hotel rooms and on airplanes, I have a lot of downtime to read. Sometimes I come… Read More

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Talking Points: Millennials, Retirement, Oil Rigs

Millennials, Retirement, Oil Rigs Seventy-six percent of millennials saving for retirement report they have made sacrifices to do so. The top sacrifice is dining out, as 43% say they’ve cut back. CNBC November 15, 2017 Surveys show that retirees with a predictable monthly income stream tend to be less anxious about their finances than those… Read More

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Talking Points: Relationships, Money, Marketing

Relationships, Money, Marketing Strong social relationships boost a person’s chances of staying alive by 50%. That’s about the same improvement to mortality as the one that comes from quitting smoking. Bloomberg News, October 9, 2017 Research by Nobel-winning economist Angus Deaton has shown that money stops adding significantly to people’s happiness at an annual salary… Read More


Talking Points: Robocalls, Forbes 400 List, US Oil Production

Robocalls, Forbes 400 List, US Oil Production YouMail, a robocall blocker, estimated there were 29 billion robocalls placed in America in 2016. November 20, 2017 In 1982, a wealthy American needed $75 million ($189 million in today’s dollars) to enter the Forbes 400 list. The minimum wealth necessary in 2017: $2 billion. November… Read More

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Mark’s Minute: The 7 Deadly Sins expressed as Apps

The 7 Deadly Sins In light of the holiday season when we all tend to over indulge a bit I found this topic was irresistible. Communication is key to getting and retaining clients and this topic could be the gateway to having an intriguing conversation with those of a younger generation who may not be… Read More

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Talking Points: Recession, Savings, Housing Market, & Record Sale

Recession, Savings, Housing Market, & Record Sale In the world today, fewer than 10 countries are in a recession, the lowest number ever. MarketWatch, November 13, 2017 Going back seven decades, there have only been 10 years in which the S&P stayed “in the black” for the whole year, as it has done so far in… Read More

Talking Points: Cash, Gold, S&P 500, Dogs and More…

Cash, Gold, S&P 500, Dogs and More… Nearly 10% of Americans carry no cash on them, while 40% leave the house with $20 or less. The Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2017 It is estimated that 173,000 metric tons of gold has been mined since 1493, and 91% of that amount has been mined since… Read More

Talking Points: Social Security, Stocks, Credit, and more…

Social Security, Stocks, Credit, & More… Berkshire Hathaway now has $99.7 billion in un-deployed cash, the most in the company’s history., October 31, 2017 Americans now have the highest credit-card debt in history, hitting $1.021 trillion in June beating the previous record of $1.02 trillion in April of 2008., April 8, 2017 “It’s acceptable… Read More

Talking Points – Happiness, Crime, Money, Vampires and more…

Happiness, Crime, Money, Vampires  and More.. Research by Nobel-winning economist Angus Deaton has shown that money stops adding significantly to people’s happiness at an annual salary of $75,000 or after they have attained $550,000 in wealth. The Week, October 27, 2017 E-commerce has created more jobs than it has displaced, adding 178,000 positions over the… Read More

Mark Zinder at the Watergate Hotel

Mark’s Minute: The World Class Watergate Hotel

What do G. Gordon Libby and I have in common? We both have spoken at the Watergate hotel…he, more in a whisper, than me!   I had a great time speaking to over 100 financial advisors at the Watergate hotel on Oct 24th. I’ll speak over 80 times in different locales this year, but this one was the… Read More

Talking Points – Managing Money, The DOW and more…

Managing Money, The DOW and more… NFL players make an average of $1.9 million a year. Yet 15% of them end up declaring bankruptcy. CNBC Some 71% of Americans express regrets about their ability to manage money. The #1 regret- not planning early enough(48%), followed by spending too much on nonessentials (39%). Market Watch, September… Read More

Talking Points – Apple, S&P 500, Taxes, and More

Apple, S&P 500, taxes, and more… Apple has generated more profit than any other company in U.S. stock market history. The New York Times, September 22, 2017 The S&P 500’s inflation-adjusted return, since the market top on March 24, 2000, to September of 2017, has only been 0.9%. Marketwatch, September 22, 2017 The glory of the internet… Read More