Stifel - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Stifel - Fort Smith, Arkansas

John R. Taylor, CPA, PFS, CFP®-Senior Vice President/Investments [email protected] Mark R. Myers-Senior Vice President/Investments [email protected] Loren W.

Harper- Vice President/Investments [email protected] Scott Phillips- Financial Advisor [email protected] Doris Willbanks-Senior Registered Client Service Associate [email protected] LaDonna Locklear-Client Service Associate [email protected] Brooke Hyde- Operations Coordinator [email protected] Stifel is a full-service investment firm with a distinguished history of providing securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, and related financial services to individual, institutions, corporations, and municipalities. Established in 1890 and headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Stifel is one of the nation's leading wealth management firms. After hours by appointment only.

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With year-end quickly approaching, it’s important to consider some IRA and retirement planning strategies that can still be applied for the 2020 tax year. Talk with your Stifel Financial Advisor and tax advisor to see if you qualify.


The job market indicated further improvement in November with nonfarm payrolls increasing by 245,000 and unemployment decreasing to 6.7%, although the numbers fell below expectations. Lindsey Piegza takes a closer look at the economic trajectory.


In this week’s #StifelSightLines, we look at the possible outcomes of the Georgia Senate runoff, and consider the implications of those outcomes.

U.S. Hiring Rebound Markedly Slows Amid Virus Surge

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 245,000 from the prior month, as the unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage point to 6.7%, according to a Labor Department The U.S. labor-market rebound markedly slowed in November, indicating the surge in Covid-19 cases is hitting workers and curbing the broader economic recovery.

Jobless claims fall 75,000 to 712,000 in Thanksgiving week, but layoffs still high

Initial jobless claims dropped by 75,000 to 712,000 in the seven days ended Nov. 28. Continuing jobless claims sank by 569,000 to 5.52 million. That’s a new pandemic low. New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell in late November for the first time in three weeks, probably due in part to the Thanksgiving holiday....

Arkansas’ gross tax revenue up almost 12% for the fiscal year - Talk Business & Politics

For the first five fiscal months (July-November), gross revenue is up almost 12% compared with the same period in 2019. Gains in retail and vehicle sales, along with a shift in individual income tax payments, continue to show up in Arkansas tax revenue that beats estimates. For the first five...


Despite a recent rebound in the stock market, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted employees of all ages, especially when it comes to their retirement goals. Many employees may be working longer than they’d planned, while older workers confront new challenges.

ADP says hiring slows again in November as private sector adds 307,000 jobs

American corporations and small businesses created 307,000 private-sector jobs in November, ADP said Wednesday, marking the slowest increase in four months and suggesting a record increase in coronavirus cases has hurt hiring. U.S. businesses created 307,000 private-sector jobs in November, marking the slowest increase in four months and adding to mounting evidence that a record...


Giving Tuesday is a global initiative that encourages us all to reflect on our contributions to the world around us. There are many great ways to participate, so check out the list below to identify which method is best for you. Let us know some of your favorite organizations to give back to during the holiday season in the comments below.


Cybercrime activity and fraud typically increase by 30% to 40% during the holiday season. That figure is expected to be even higher this year, with many threat actors using “hope” and “fear” to fool people. Here are a few things to look out for.


It’s #SmallBusinessSaturday! Here are some ways you can support small or locally-owned businesses — and many of these ideas won’t cost you a thing.
Where do you #ShopSmall online? Comment below with a link!

US weekly jobless claims rise to 778,000, more than economist forecasts as labor-market recovery weakens

Continuing claims, which track Americans receiving unemployment benefits, fell to 6.1 million for the week that ended November 14. Continuing claims, which track Americans receiving unemployment benefits, fell to 6.1 million for the week that ended November 14.


Charitable giving happens in many forms. Our Charitable Giving Guide will lead you through exercises that will help you formulate a strategic plan that is right for you while allowing you to focus on leaving the legacy you want.

'We Need To Build More Homes': Prices Soar Amid Housing Shortage

There are fewer homes for sale in the U.S. today than ever recorded in data going back nearly 40 years causing home prices to see the biggest spike in 6 years in September It's not only low interest rates pushing up prices to record highs. A historic lack of homes for sale is a big part of it too. And it's making homeownership unaffordable for too many people.


It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and discounts. Shop smarter this year with these useful tips to help you avoid overspending.


In this week’s #StifelSightLines, we share an update on the recovery of company earnings, some details on the forthcoming vaccines, and some perspective on the third wave:

Here's how much new lockdowns could further damage the U.S. economy

Lindsey Piegza, Stifel’s chief economist, explains how even partial lockdown measures could spell more trouble for the beleaguered U.S. economy. Lindsey Piegza, Stifel's chief economist, explains how even partial lockdown measures could spell more trouble for the beleaguered U.S. economy.


We’ve expanded our presence in Michigan with a branch opening in Midland!


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, retired workers turning age 60 in 2020 may have lower lifetime Social Security benefits unless legislation is passed. Your Financial Advisor can help you make any necessary adjustments to your retirement plan to address this important issue.

Ensure you are maximizing your employee benefits by reviewing the following during your open enrollment period:

October Retail Sales Slow To 0.3% As COVID Pandemic Rages

Retail sales for the month of October rose 0.3% to $553.3 billion slowing from a downwardly-revised 1.6% pace in September and missing the Street consensus forecast of a 0.5% advance. U.S. consumers spent a softer-than-expected $553.3 billion last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, a figure that slowed sharply from September.


In this week’s #StifelSightLines, we review a set of measures that beat consensus expectations, signaling that the recovery is happening at a faster pace than anticipated. We also share some thoughts about the third wave of the pandemic and corresponding risks to the economy and the markets:

These 6 ecommerce companies will continue to thrive in a post-pandemic world, Stifel says | Markets Insider

No group of companies have benefited more from the COVID-19 pandemic than e-commerce companies, and there may still be ground left to gain. Tashdique Mehtaj Ahmed/Getty Images E-commerce companies have thrived amid the COVID-19 pandemic as more people have shifted to online shoppin...

U.S. weekly jobless claims at 7-month low; consumer prices unchanged

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits totaled a seasonally adjusted 709,000 for the week ended Nov. 7 compared to 757,000 in the prior week The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to a seven-month low last week, but the pace of decline has slowed and further improvement could be limited by a raging COVID-19 pandemic and lack of additional fiscal stimulus.


November is #LongTermCare Awareness Month — hear from Andy Johnson, Insurance & Annuity Solutions Manager, as he discusses the importance of integrating long-term care into your plan today.


Contributing a portion of your paycheck each pay period to your employer-sponsored 401(k), 403(b), or SIMPLE IRA plan allows you to save for retirement in a tax-deferred account while potentially receiving an employer match and reducing your current year income. Now is the time to consider squeezing in any last-minute Retirement Plan salary deferrals for 2020.

Dow rallies 1,300 points, hits record as Pfizer says Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

Stocks rallied to record levels on Monday as investors cheered trial data from drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech indicating their Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective. Stocks rallied as investors cheered data from drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech indicating their Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective.

Stifel's Barry Bannister explains what a mixed government would mean for markets

Barry Bannister, head of Institutional Equity Strategy at Stifel, called for a market bottom on March 19, 2020, four days before the markets did hit bottom. This week, Bannister released a new call for the S&P 500 to hit 3,800 points by the spring of 2021. Barry Bannister, head of Institutional Equity Strategy at Stifel, called for a market bottom on March 19, 2020, four days before the markets did hit bottom in the United States. This week, Bannister released a new call for the S&P 500 to hit 3,800 points by the spring of 2021. Bannister joins "Squaw...

Job growth stronger than expected in October, unemployment rate slides to 6.9%

The Labor Department reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 638,000 and the unemployment rate was at 6.9% Nonfarm payrolls increased by 638,000 in October and the unemployment rate fell to 6.9%, both much better than expected.

751,000 seek US jobless benefits as virus hobbles economy

The Labor Department said 21.5 million people are receiving some form of unemployment benefits WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 751,000, a still-historically high level that shows that many employers keep cutting jobs in the...

Fed Holds Interest Rates At Near-Zero, Says Recovery Path Hinges On COVID Pandemic

The U.S. Federal Reserve kept its key lending rate unchanged Thursday, while repeating its concern that the path to recovery for the world's biggest economy will largely depend on the course of the coronavirus pandemic. The vote kept the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at the forefront of its monetary policy decision making Thursday, saying the path to recovery is largely dependent on its the length and breadth of its damage.

A Wall Street firm just reversed its bearish call on the S&P 500 and now expects the index to rally 9% next year | Markets Insider

The S&P 500 is poised for a 9% rally as conditions continue to favor growth stocks over value stocks, Stifel's Barry Bannister said Wednesday "The S&P 500 would be 3,800 in 2021 if it ends on the high side of the central tendency of past post-recession recoveries," Stifel&#...

U.S. private payrolls growth slows in October: ADP

Private payrolls increased by 365,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday. U.S. private payrolls increased less than expected in October, providing an early sign of a slowdown in economic activity as fiscal stimulus diminishes and new COVID-19 infections surge across the country.

Manufacturing activity increased in October; PMI rises to 59.3% - Talk Business & Politics

The manufacturing economy continued its recovery in October as manufacturing rose to it's highest level since September 2018. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector rose at a faster rate in October as the overall economy grew for a sixth consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management...

Markets have been discounting a Blue Wave, says Stifel CEO

Ron Kruszewski, chairman and CEO of Stifel, joins “Squawk on the Street” to discuss the markets and upcoming election. Ron Kruszewski, chairman and CEO of Stifel, joins "Squawk on the Street" to discuss the markets and upcoming election.

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