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knowledge is power

Scott Maxwell - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Knowledge is power. We’ve all likely heard some version of this famous proverb. It’s oft attributed to Francis Bacon who included the Latin “ ípsa scienta potestas est” in his writing. Knowing what to do is good, and knowing how to do it sure helps. Put those together and you have a recipe for success. Read Entire Article Here

Weekly Review 11-4-2013

Scott Maxwell - Monday, November 04, 2013

Economic Notes   Read Entire Article Here

latest Fed watching notes

Scott Maxwell - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

We didn’t expect a lot from this relatively minor Fed meeting, one that didn’t even offer a press conference afterward.  With QE taper expectations being pushed off again to at least December or January, as well as a 16-day government shutdown that resulted in a disruption in the compilation of economic data, there weren’t as many new issues to discuss (from what we can gather...not having been invited to the actual meeting chamber).  The official commentary made mention of weaker growth, notably in housing, while household spending and business fixed investment did make advances.  The government shutdown was blamed for part of this, as expected, and a continuing tough labor market was noted, despite ‘some’ improvement. Read Entire Article Here

Weekly Review 10-28-13

Scott Maxwell - Monday, October 28, 2013

Now that the government is back open for business, we again have our flurry of economic items. For all of you enamored with the numbers here they are, in all their particular glory. Oh, and a bit of background on just how folks measure unemployment. Read Entire Article Here

Two in one - Nobel Prize Economics

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Nobel Prize in Economics, awarded to three leading economists, was a study in contrast. It was interesting to see the committee walk a fine line between and betwixt the theory of how capital markets work. Of the recipients, Eugene Fama, is known for his work with the Efficient Market Hypothesis, the notion that markets react swiftly and surely to all known information and adjust prices accordingly. One of the others, Robert Schiller, has spent much time documenting the various inefficiencies in those same capital markets. How could both be right? Read Entire Article Here

Weekly Review Oct 14, 2013

Scott Maxwell - Monday, October 14, 2013

All the picky little bits of news that you likely didn’t even know you needed. Beats watching the pundits weigh in on the latest policy conundrums in Washington though. Read Entire Article Here

Government Shutdowns and the markets

Fred King - Friday, October 04, 2013

With our current government shutdown, many clients have been concerned about how these events have impacted the future of the stock market.  While the future can be different than the past, it can be helpful to review the past to see how the stock market did react to previous government shutdowns. Read Entire Article Here

Question of the Week

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Should I worry about the government shutting down (again) or defaulting on its debt? Read Entire Article Here

Weekly Review September 30 2013

Scott Maxwell - Monday, September 30, 2013

The quarter is over, or just about as we post this. All that’s left is the resolution of the budget and only time will tell on that. Here, for your reading pleasure, are the numbers from last week. As usual the signs indicate good, bad or merely indifferent. Read Entire Article Here

What do you spend your money on?

Fred King - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Bureau of Labor statistics has just provided some information on what Americans spend their money on in 2012.  Does this seem to be consistent with your personal spending patterns? Read Entire Article Here

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