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At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Trust approved the promotion of Jeremy Nelson to President of the company.
The S&P 500 has dropped 5.8% since the beginning of the year. The January Barometer is an indicator that states that as January goes, so goes the year. The merit of the January Barometer can be debated, as the results are mixed. When January is negative, February through December has been down roughly 60% of the time. But sometimes the indicator can be horribly wrong. For instance, in 2009 January was down -8.6% and then the market soared 35.0% from February through December.
Pinnacle Trust recently welcomed Andrew (Andy) Middleton as a Financial Advisor. Andy graduated from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He received his Masters of Science in Management from Belhaven University where he was awarded to the Sigma Beta Delta business honor society. Andy also has post-graduate education in Financial Planning from Northwestern University.
The S&P 500 finished 2013 wtih its best year since 1997. Media outlets have jumped back on the stock bandwagon and stock mutual funds have begun to see significant inflows, while bond funds have suffered outflows for the first time in years. But should investors begin to flock back into stocks like they did in the 1990s, when the S&P 500 returned over +18% a year for the decade before overheating and setting off a secular bear market?
As of late, stocks have been on a tear. The current bull market is nearly five years old and the S&P 500 has climbed roughly +170% since its low in March 2009. November's gain of +2.8% marked the ninth monthly gain this year - the highest number of monthly gains since 2006. The +26.6% gain for the year marks the best first eleven months since 1997.
Stacey Wall, President & CEO, was recently recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the 2013 Leaders in Finance in the state of Mississippi. Stacey, along with Beth McGaugh, CFO, and Jana Parrish, EVP, Compliance, founded Pinnacle Trust in 1997.
Greg Vaughn, a CPA at Barlow Walker in Brandon, MS, said something very important about saving money no matter your age. He told me, “If you can measure it, you can manage it.” We must help our children learn to “compartmentalize” and manage money. The immediate consequence of not teaching our children to manage their money is a habit that forms where our children regard their allowance as money they can spend on things like video games, toys, junk food, etc. It is not a realistic view on money. The delayed consequence of not teaching our children to manage their money is rather severe. As adults, if they treat their paychecks the way they treated their allowances they will be in real trouble.
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Congratulations to Jim Petersen! Jim was recently voted "Best of Madison County: Rising Star". We're proud to have Jim as part of our team. Jim is pictured here with his wife, Paige, and Chuck Gautier, Madison County Chamber of Commerce's President of the Board.