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Individuals opinions on investing over the next 10 years

Fred King - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

For money that you wouldn’t need for more than 10 years, which type of investment do you think would be the best way to invest the money?  According to the July 2013, Financial Security Index charts of, the answers given by the 1,005 adults conducted by telephone interviews varied widely. Read Entire Article Here

the free market pendulum

Scott Maxwell - Monday, August 05, 2013

Does history endlessly repeat itself? Do we just recycle problems and ideas from one decade to the next?  Read Entire Article Here

the business of business

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, August 01, 2013

The economy is bumping along in the right direction judging by the most recent release from the Institute of Supply Management. The ISM releases their report on business each month and this month’s report showed a significant jump in almost all of the index components. Readings of above 50 on the various components of the report indicate expansion, below 50 contraction. While numbers can jump around quite a bit month to month this month’s report gets confirmation from other sources and tends to reinforce the message from other sets of data. Read Entire Article Here

sailing sailing

Scott Maxwell - Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sailing, Sailing, over the bounding main Read Entire Article Here

Emerging Market Update

Fred King - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

While emerging market stocks have not fared as well as the US and developed nation stock markets, we believe that the negative view of these country’s is a little overdone.  The negativity of these markets could be a contrarian sign that these markets are undervalued.   Read Entire Article Here

Super-moons and market madness

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Stocks are down. Bonds are down. Heck, let’s throw in real estate securities and commodities as well because you know what? They’re down too. It’s fashionable again to be worried, very, very worried. About the markets, about the economy, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, the price of corn, China and most anything else you might like to worry about. It’s fashionable once again to log in to your investment accounts and feel a tightening of the chest, “my goodness how could it drop so far?”. It’s fashionable to show some pictures on the front page of worried, exhausted stock traders slumping over their desks or holding their heads in their hands, shoulders sagging, faces lined with despair, and, you guessed it, worry. Read Entire Article Here

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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