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Market and Economy September 16

Scott Maxwell - Monday, September 16, 2013

Economic data was being watched perhaps a bit more closely this last week with the Fed meeting upcoming and talk of the ‘taper’ hanging in the balance. Read Entire Article Here

Saving money is an attractive feature

Fred King - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The attached web link provides information on a couple of studies that have evaluated the premise that saving money is an attractive characteristic. Read Entire Article Here

Market and Economy Sept 9

Scott Maxwell - Monday, September 09, 2013

Colorful charts along with the question of the week (regarding action in Syria) offset the mind-numbing walk through last week’s economic and market numbers! But for those of you who glory in the statistics (and you know who you are) here are the latest, fresh from our pundits and research staff. As usual the symbols represent the good, the not-so-good and the merely indifferent. Read Entire Article Here

Taxes and Same-Sex Marriage

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, September 05, 2013

Ever since the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) earlier this year there has been some confusion in regards to tax treatment of same sex couples. Since Federal recognition of marriage is based on individual state law would someone have to reside in a state that legalized same sex marriage in order to file as married? What if they moved to a state that didn’t allow same-sex marriage, would that mean that for some or all Federal purposes they weren’t married? Read Entire Article Here

when sell means buy

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, September 05, 2013


‘Yer jest plain contrary’. So I’ve been told a time or two. And imagine, I thought it was a compliment! I’ve learned it’s perhaps not-so-good when your wife tells you this, but it an entirely different story when you apply this contrary behavior and outlook to thinking about capital markets.

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Economic and Market Commentary

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Another slow wad through the ocean of numbers, just in from our analysts desk is our weekly economic and market summary.  The symbols represent good, bad and indifferent. Read Entire Article Here

Have you hugged your

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, August 29, 2013

insurance agent lately? OK, that is a bit over the top but the point to be made is that a regular review of your insurance policies  is a pretty sensible move. Today has me thinking about P&C insurance (property and casualty) because that is something I’ve personally been wrestling with over the last couple of weeks. In my own case it wasn’t the coverage amounts that needed a review but rather the carrier and their rates. More about that in just a minute. Read Entire Article Here

Feeling a bit testy?

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

“Bulls make money, bears make money and hogs get slaughtered” has long been one of my favorite Wall Street aphorisms. And by now you know that we fall on the bullish side of the fence an awful lot of the time. So imagine our delight when we stumbled on Scott Grannis’ post showing 20 quite optimistic charts concerning the economy. Sure, we know there are cases to be made for caution in regards to the overall economic situation. We’re also very aware that markets don’t follow the economy at times. But nonetheless this post tends to summarize many of the same metrics we review on a regular basis. Read Entire Article Here

The Big Picture

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, August 22, 2013

We’ve said it before in The Long Term Times and the here in Long Term Times blog. When it comes to stocks and financial planning it makes sense to think longer term and look at The Big Picture. So we thought this neat infographic from Charles Schwab right up your and our alley as it were. Don’t you love the sketched fellow with multiple exclamation points coming out of the top of his head?  Read Entire Article Here

Question of the day - market valuations

Scott Maxwell - Monday, August 19, 2013

Stock indexes continue to see new highs.  Is it too late to invest?  Aren’t things expensive? Read Entire Article Here

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