Is the 2015 stock market trending lower? The S&P 500 Index ended last week 0.8% lower on the news of a Fed rate hike and concerns about Greece’s debt problems. Bob Doll of Nuveen, however, sees some positive signs for better performance in the near future. One thing many typical families of four will be watching are rising health care costs. The Milliman Medical Index for 2015 has been released with some surprising findings. If the numbers create stress, a recent article in Time Magazine explains how you can use “seven easy happiness boosters” to feel better about your finances and life in general.

Economic And Earnings Growth Appear Poised To Move Higher – Bob Doll of Nuveen believes improving U.S. and global growth are positives for equities, but there are some caution signs investors should consider. He think it will be difficult for equities to make meaningful advances unless and until the earnings backdrop improves. Earnings expectations were revised sharply lower earlier this year, but that trend should be changing. As economic growth improves, earnings expectations should rise as well. This should help stock prices break out of the trading ranges in which they have remained for quite some time. Read more…

Annual Cost Of Healthcare For A Typical American Family of Four Approaches $25,000–  In 2015, the cost of healthcare for a typical American family of four covered by an average employer-sponsored preferred provider organization (PPO) plan is $24,671 according to the Milliman Medical Index (MMI).  This is an increase of 6.3% in one year.  The amount will almost certainly surpass $25,000 in 2016. Read more…

Happiness Is A Choice– A recent article in Time magazine set forth “seven easy happiness boosters” based on research from Harvard University including how to spend your money.  These tips were taken from a book authored by happiness guru Shawn Achor, entitled The Happiness Advantage. Read more…

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