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healthy wealthy and wise

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, June 20, 2013

We’re doing better overall, even if we have a few less dollars in our pockets. Those findings appear in a recently published report by the Social Science Research Council who use a “human development index” to measure their findings. Read Entire Article Here

Thus spoke the Fed

Scott Maxwell - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Federal Open Market Committee completed their meeting this morning, and the conclusion was much the same as we’ve come to expect:  continued stimulus in the form of $85 billion in bond purchases a month with the same targets (6.5% unemployment assuming no higher than 2.0% inflation).  However, their outlook seemed slightly more optimistic on the economy, and also contained an acknowledgement of diminished downside risks. Read Entire Article Here

Money Market landscape

Scott Maxwell - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Government reforms. No matter which side of the political fence you sit on those can be a couple of scary words. But recently the SEC came up with some reforms that may just provide some security for the most conservative sorts of investors and their holdings in money market funds. Ron Kelemen of our Salem office introduces this topic in his blog with a link to some interesting Q&A. Read Entire Article Here

Social Security and Medicare

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, June 06, 2013

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stocks well supported?

Scott Maxwell - Wednesday, June 05, 2013

David Wilson over at Bloomberg has delivered another excellent “chart of the day”.  This one shows the earnings of all American companies (public and private) against the S$P 500. The bottom line is that stocks are quite a bit less expensive now than they have been near other major market tops, and that could bode well for stocks. Read Entire Article Here

Here it comes

Scott Maxwell - Friday, May 31, 2013

Our recent post talked about fluctuation. It’s a great word isn’t it, so sensible and devoid of emotion, so separated from the extremes of fear and greed that often characterize market movements. So repeat after me, “markets fluctuate”. That was easy wasn’t it? Read Entire Article Here

Obamacare in 2014

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is getting closer to full implementation. We’ve seen various steps to implementation of the law since its passage but some pretty big changes are scheduled for January of 2014. When folks recover from their New Year’s excess they’ll be facing a very different  world when it comes to the delivery of health care and health insurance. Read Entire Article Here

fluctuations

Scott Maxwell - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We’re working our way through 2013 at what seems to me to be an alarming rate, summer is here and fall just around the corner. Whoa, slow down! In just 3 or 4 months the markets will be looking ahead to 2014, pretty much discounting the 4th quarter entirely. All eyes will be on the new year and the predictions for growth or lack thereof.  Read Entire Article Here

One home at a time

Scott Maxwell - Saturday, May 18, 2013

We were fortunate yesterday to be able to sponsor a table at Willamette West Habitat for Humanity’s fund raising breakfast. What a wonderful group of people and the stories we heard about some of the families who have gotten to help build their own homes were incredibly inspiring. Habitat for Humanity is helping folks all over the world, one family at a time, putting one foot in front of the other, over and over again in the effort to empower folks with safe affordable housing.  Read Entire Article Here

Monday Morning Briefing May 13th

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Our Monday morning briefing: Read Entire Article Here


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