Posts From Greg Naylor

Greg Naylor is a partner and co-founder of Fiat Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm in Long Lake, Minnesota. He has been investing for over 9 years and enjoys sports, reading, singing, and spending time with family. Greg is a 2004 graduate of the University of Minnesota and lives in South Minneapolis with his wife and two beautiful children.
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U.S. Financial Market Update: Investors Embrace Rising Rates

Looking back over the past month or so, we’ve seen the Federal Reserve raise interest rates for the second time in a year, and Congress fail to repeal or replace Obamacare. The stock market could have interpreted both as negatives. However, instead of seeing rising interest rates as a threat…

U.S. Financial Market Update: Economy, Stocks Stay Positive

August was a month of reduced activity in financial markets, as many market participants take vacation before the start of the school year. Everyone is back  to their normal routine and geopolitical worries such as North Korea continue to simmer.  The rising geopolitical concerns at home and abroad, however, have…

The Power Of Plastic: Credit Cards Boost Spending, Dog Savings

Credit Cards – Early Studies In 1986, a professor at Purdue University placed a group of study subjects at a variety of tables in a restaurant.  Some of the tables had Visa (NYSE:V) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA) logos, while some did not.  The subjects at the logo tables were found to…

U.S. Financial Markets Update: Uncertainty Creeps Back In

Optimists hope that government will eventually move on to tax reform, while pessimists worry that the Obamacare repeal-failure means tax reform is even less likely. Meanwhile, geopolitical concerns (here and abroad) are adding to market uncertainty for investors. Despite the worries, the economy continues to grow and add jobs. Below…

U.S. Financial Markets Update: Investors Eyeing Europe

The past month has seen assets gain in price, despite an increase in investor anxiety due to comments from the European Central Bank (more on that below). In the U.S., tweets continue to be plentiful while new legislation remains scarce.  Yet despite these interesting times, the economy continues to grow…

Global Markets Update: Investors Follow The Drum Beat

The month of May continued to see stock market growth, with a backdrop of increasing political turmoil in the U.S. And the drum beat has carried the tune into June… with the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) near all-time highs. It appears less likely that a distracted President Trump will bring tax…

Global Markets Update: Investors Eye Chinese Economic Concerns

The past month has been chalk full of corporate earnings announcements in the U.S., and more political drama. Earnings were largely positive, but with the stock market at historically high levels, apparently something bigger than earnings growth is needed for the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) to break out above the 2400 level….

U.S. Financial Markets Update: Investors In Holding Pattern

March was a month of anticipated change that did not happen. And the financial markets took note, with the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) stalling out in early March. Healthcare reform in the U.S. stalled before even reaching a vote.  Markets hesitated as a tax reform proposal, hopes for which had driven…

Global Markets Update: Demographics May Hurt Future Returns

Equity markets continue to move higher on the hopes of fiscal stimulus in the U.S. But the pressure is on… Analysts are increasingly divided into bearish and bullish camps, as the politicians must now deliver on their promises to avoid disappointing the stock market. Stocks & Bonds Looking at the…

Global Markets Update: The Fed, Politics, And Red-Hot Stocks

The financial markets started the year off on a positive note. Although the US Dollar (CURRENCY:USD) has pulled back a bit in 2017, it is still holding near 100 on hopes of improved economic growth. During this recent pause in the dollar, the bond markets have stabilized. But major stock…