It gives us great pleasure to announce that Jared Korver has joined our growing Beacon family. Jared comes to us from Ernst & Young LLP, where he worked as a CPA in its Raleigh, NC tax practice. He gets considerable joy from serving people and solving problems, and he’s not afraid to swim against current to do both. Jared graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and received an academic fellowship from North Carolina State University, where he obtained his master’s degree in accounting. Jared grew up in Carthage, NC and is married to
Just this week I received three invitations to steak dinners at Ruth’s Chris and Sullivan’s in Raleigh, promising all the information I would need for a happy retirement. Not surprisingly, they all came from local companies we know as annuity sellers. One of the invitations came from an agent who has a local radio show who unashamedly calls himself a fiduciary. Why the regulators allow this guy to imply he has no fiduciary conflicts of interest when he sells annuity products with compensation ranges anywhere from 1% to 7% as well as incentive trips and other perks is beyond me.
In a busy week for economic reports, the standout was that the US economy contracted in the first quarter by a 2.9% annualized rate, the most since the depths of the last recession. According to Bloomberg, it marked the biggest downward revision from the agency’s second GDP estimate since records began in 1976. The revision reflected slowdowns in consumer and health care spending. Many economists are saying the drop was not reflective of the broader fundamentals, blaming much of the decline on weather. Maybe, but consumers don’t appear to be buying it. Real consumer spending was down 0.2% in April and 0.1%
The analogy of life as a highway poses some interesting questions. Some are obvious, others less so, but all are interesting. As kids we continually asked our Dads, ‘are we there yet?’ But with little sense of time or surroundings, Dad’s answer always fell short of providing us with any helpful information.
It’s June and most of you are at the beach, the lake, or the mountains. The economy seems to be growing just fast enough to avoid stalling and not so fast as to spark inflation. Stocks and bonds are also behaving nicely. So with your indulgence, it’s time once again for a Cape Lookout story.