April 2016 Financial Asset Roundup
Here are my current financial assets as of the market close on April 11th, 2016:
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The S&P 500 has continued to trend upward since the last update, rising 2.29% over that period:
(chart courtesy of yahoo.com)
On the jobs front, the unemployment rate for March rose slightly to 5.0%, while the 215,000 jobs added exceeded expectations. Oil prices have edged up to the $41 level (up from $38), and I've been seeing local gasoline prices above the $2 threshold again.
On the financial front, all of my 2015 personal and business tax returns are finally complete. I did get a modest refund on my Federal return and will be getting a portion of it in paper Series I Savings Bonds. On a related note, the March CPI-U numbers are due out later this week so that a Series I Savings Bond purchase can be properly evaluated. I'm anticipating a situation like last year where we had a six month period of 0% interest, but we'll know for sure on Thursday. Finally, I have a Penfed 1.31% APY 1 year CD maturing early next month with the usual dilemma of no concrete landing spot for the proceeds.
On the non-financial front, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of some warm Spring weather and the flowers and green grass that should accompany it. :D