The Weekly Wealth of Knowledge is your download of this week's most important topics related to financial planning, the markets, and our community. August is money month at MONECO, where we will be focusing on your cash flow, savings, and debt management.
In this issue:
- 6 Ways to Finance Your Home Improvement Project (3 min read)
- Insider Buying and Selling (2 min read)
- Permanent Conservation Fund Passes in Congress (2 min read)
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6 Ways to Finance Your Home Improvement Project
Extra time at home might have motivated you to start some new home improvement projects, or finish some current projects that might’ve been put on hold. If you’re going to be working from home, you might as well make it the place to be. Paying for your project depends on your goals, credit, and home equity.
Click here to find the 6 Ways to Refinance, featuring MONECO's Managing Partner Charlie Rocco!
Insider Buying and Selling
To some, the buying and selling of a company’s stock by corporate officers and directors can be an indicator of Wall Street sentiment. In July 2020, the ratio of companies with executive buying compared with executive selling touched 0.27 – the lowest level in nearly 20 years. (1) By contrast, the ratio set an 11-year high of 1.75 in March 2020.(1) Corporate officers and directors are referred to as "insiders," so you'll often see this reported as "insider trading" by the financial press. But it's critical to know nothing is wrong or illegal with this type of buying and selling.
“Insider” buying can indicate executives are confident in their company’s outlook and believe purchasing stock may be a sound investment decision. (2) "Insider" selling, on the other hand, can indicate executives want to pursue other opportunities and are choosing to sell some or all of their company stock. Keep in mind that executives have many restrictions on when they can sell or buy shares, including the time before and after a quarterly report, for example. (2)
To add a little perspective, you can expect more executives to be sellers than buyers over the long term. Executives are often rewarded company stock as part of their overall compensation, so selling shares allows them to realize a portion of their total pay package.
Insider trading activity is one of many indicators that we watch to get a perspective on the financial markets. We know that the trend can offer some insight but also has limitations. If you see any indicator that piques your interest, give us a call. We'd welcome the chance to hear your perspective.
Permanent Conservation Fund Passes in Congress
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which creates a permanent annual fund of 900 million dollars. This annual fund will go entirely towards land protection and outdoor recreation. The bill is expected to be signed into law, thanks to widespread grassroots efforts and bipartisan support. Click here to read more!
1. CNBC.com, July 24, 2020
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