Saturday
Nov242012

2012 Best Financial Advisors for Doctors in America

Medical Economics selects Timothy Walla, CFP® to the 2012 Best Financial Advisors for Doctors in America list

Walla Street Wealth Management, Inc. is pleased to announce that Timothy Walla, CFP®, has been selected by Medical Economics magazine as one of the "2012 Best Financial Advisers for Doctors in America" list again in their November 2012 edition. Mr. Walla first joined this prestigious list in November 2008 and then again in 2010 and 2011.

Candidates were selected to the list based upon client and peer references, strong recommendations from physicians, and an extensive background check. Applicants were also required to complete an extensive questionnaire listing credentials, educational background, noteworthy professional achievements, specific areas of expertise, and percentage of physician clients.

Wednesday
Oct102012

Monthly Economic Update for October 2012

* Provided by Walla Street Wealth Management, Inc.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

September’s stock market gains were brought to you by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. Their policy moves helped turn the ninth month of the year into an uncharacteristically good one for the S&P 500 – the index rose 2.42% across 30 days. Other global benchmarks also advanced, as did key commodity futures. Had the two central banks refrained from action, last month might have been subpar at best for equities: the economy was still sputtering, the “fiscal cliff” was drawing closer and there was still plenty to worry about when it came to China and Europe. On the upside, the real estate market seemed to be getting better and better, and manufacturing and consumer confidence gauges improved.1

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Sunday
Sep092012

Monthly Economic Update for September 2012

* Provided by Walla Street Wealth Management, Inc.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

Hazards remained on the horizon last month, but that didn’t stop stocks from advancing – the S&P 500 rose 1.98% in August. Anticipation of central bank action helped, and so did more good news from the housing sector. Headlines from Europe brought anxieties, but not alarms. Gold touched a five-month high and retail gas prices flirted with the $4 mark. Stock indices around the world logged monthly gains as bullish sentiment prevailed. Quite simply, August defied expectations – ending up as a pleasant surprise for an uneasy Wall Street.1,2

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Sunday
Sep092012

Insights from the Street: Can We Avert the Dreaded “Fiscal Cliff”?

Recently, you may have heard about the “looming fiscal cliff”, the “coming fiscal cliff” and so forth. What exactly is it? Briefly stated, the “fiscal cliff” is a potential $7 trillion dilemma facing Congress this fall – a Congress not known for ready cooperation. If America goes over it, our economy could stumble.1

Will Congress act before 2013? Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke introduced the phrase, referring to an economic downfall he fears will result from a potential 2013 combination of federal budget cuts, the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, the end of the payroll tax holiday and extended jobless benefits and other recent stimulus measures. Bernanke told Congress that together, these changes could send the U.S. over a “fiscal cliff” and into another recession.2

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Saturday
Aug112012

Monthly Economic Update for August 2012

* Provided by Walla Street Wealth Management, Inc.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

July brought a new twist on an old story: headlines from Europe actually helped foster an overall stock market advance. The S&P 500 rose 1.26% on the month, and much of the gain was linked to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s July 26 pledge that the ECB would do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. After that statement, Wall Street seemingly forgot about the wave of poor-to-mediocre domestic indicators that had held stocks down for most of the month.1,2

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Friday
Jul132012

Monthly Economic Update for July 2012

* Provided by Walla Street Wealth Management, Inc.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

June was full of developments, some hardly expected. A pro-bailout party won a narrow majority in Greece’s special elections. An EU summit produced a plan to rescue troubled European lenders without adding to existing sovereign debt. Buoyed in particular by those two events, the Dow gained 3.93% for the month. To the surprise of many, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care reforms. The housing sector seemed more promising than other sectors of the economy. June could have been a terrible month for stocks; instead, it turned what would have been a dismal quarter into a merely lackluster one.1

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Thursday
Jun142012

Insights from the Street: Unintended Consequences

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Either the European leadership has not seen the “picture” below or they are choosing to ignore the realities that it portrays. These realities are holding world stock and bond markets hostage while Europe races to find legitimate answers. Can they find these elusive answers before the markets lose all faith in them? We sure hope so...

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Sunday
Jun102012

Monthly Economic Update for June 2012

* Provided by Walla Street Wealth Management, Inc.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

Things fell in May: stock and commodity prices, Treasury yields, mortgage rates, gas prices and the value of the euro. Investors worried about fragmentation of the eurozone, the possibility of default in Greece and bank woes in Spain. U.S. economic indicators ranged from tepid to middling, leading some analysts to wonder if another stimulus was needed. All told, it was a rough month for the market – the poorest month for the Dow since May 2010. Would 2012 simply be a replay of 2011 on Wall Street? Hopefully, the sense of déjà vu would pass.1

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Monday
May072012

Monthly Economic Update for May 2012

* Provided by Walla Street Wealth Management, Inc.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

The Dow gained 0.01% in April – a month in which the impressive bull run of the first quarter moderated and more pessimism crept onto Wall Street. Some domestic indicators were tepid – but others did provide nice surprises. Signals out of Europe flashed hints (or confirmations) of recession. Some key overseas indices suffered notable April losses. Our Q1 GDP was unimpressive, but U.S. consumer spending improved for March. Oil futures rose while gasoline and crop futures retreated. Analysts wondered (again) if the real estate market had at last bottomed out.1

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Tuesday
Apr172012

Insights from the Street: When Will Gas Prices Fall? Is there much we can do besides wait?

Could we see $5 gas this summer? As of April 6, U.S. retail gasoline prices were up 20.15% YTD; on that date, AAA’s national survey had the price of regular unleaded averaging $3.94 per gallon. So what happens this spring and summer – traditionally when Americans tend to hit the road?(1)

A new Christian Science Monitor/TIPP survey of 900+ adults finds that the average American expects pump prices of around $4.75 a gallon come July. That’s about 20% above where prices are now.(2)

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