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Weekly Review - March 11, 2014

Guest Post - Tuesday, March 11, 2014


  • Markets experienced a bout of volatility early in the week as the geopolitical crisis in the Ukraine grew tense, then abated somewhat.
  • Manufacturing numbers continued to improve, despite a degree of continued carryover from extreme winter storms.  We’re tired of discussing the obvious weather issues, but it has played a major role in causing several well-watched indicators to deteriorate over the last few months.  Other economic data is mixed.  The monthly employment report from Friday was decent, with smaller weather-related effects than many expected.
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Question of the Week - What's going on with Bitcoin?

Guest Post - Monday, March 03, 2014

Since they're not a specific asset class in our investment process, we don't often mention currencies specifically (especially synthetic currencies) but Bitcoin was the recipient of some unusual news this week. Read Entire Article Here

Back door Roth IRA contributions

Scott Maxwell - Monday, February 24, 2014

For the last few years folks disqualified from making Roth IRA contributions because of too much income have been able to contribute to their Roth IRA’s through a back door method. This involves making a non-deductible contribution to a traditional IRA  and immediately converting that contribution to a Roth IRA. This only works if you have no other traditional IRA’s otherwise those traditional IRA’s will be aggregated together to determine the taxable amount of the Roth conversion. Read Entire Article Here

weekly update 2-24-2014

Scott Maxwell - Monday, February 24, 2014

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weekly update 2-10-2014

Scott Maxwell - Monday, February 10, 2014

The economic and market round-up for last week, in all its (lack of) glory. As usual the symbols indicate news that is positive, negative or somewhere in between. Read Entire Article Here

fear and greed - always with us

Scott Maxwell - Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Ron Kelemen from our Salem office wrote a nice succinct piece about the most recent market activity. Well worth a glance, perspective is always important and often sorely lacking in the popular press. Read Entire Article Here

weekly update 1-21-14

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Economic Notes   Read Entire Article Here

the power of...

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Attitude is such a powerful thing. We’ve all heard about the glass half full or empty and seen the picture of the beautiful maiden/crone that changes her visage as we learn to look at the picture a bit differently. This weeks news brought just that sort of juxtaposition with two very different stories that looked at inequality, opportunity and progress in the world. Read Entire Article Here

Life Expectancy versus Health Care Spending

Fred King - Thursday, January 16, 2014

This is an interesting chart from OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) that illustrates the life expectancy of all of the major countries in the world and compares it with the amount of Health Care Spending per capita. Read Entire Article Here

Weekly Update 1-13-14

Scott Maxwell - Monday, January 13, 2014

Our usual weekly mish-mash of numbers with a general regurgitation of the much discussed unemployment numbers. Just remember folks, it’s the trend that matters, much as we know you like the blow by blow descriptions! As usual the symbols indicate developments that are positive, negative or somewhere in between. Read Entire Article Here

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