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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

It's the season

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

So what about ‘sell in May and go away’ (presumably until fall)?  This is the debate that goes on year after year around this time.  The answer is:  there is no clear and easy answer.  The last three summers weren’t great, but the several prior to that weren’t all that bad.  In fact, in the 1990’s, May was the second best performing month of the decade (after December). Read Entire Article Here

Monday Morning Briefing

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

At the top of each week we review the updated figures from the markets and economy. We thought we would share this with all of you.  Read Entire Article Here

Economic outlook?

Scott Maxwell - Friday, April 26, 2013

It’s funny how our outlook changes our view of things. Paul Krugman’s recent editorial talks about our “monstrously failed response to economic depression” and I have to say we just don’t see it in the same way. It’s an interesting piece, with just the bare minimum supporting facts and figures (a relief to some of us who think about “lies, damn lies and statistics”). Mr. Krugman has been hammering away at our failed policy response as a nation and as a world for some time, since before the defining events of 08-09 led us into the soft spot we find ourselves in. Read Entire Article Here

market debates

Scott Maxwell - Friday, April 19, 2013

In a recent post we used a “lemonade stand” analogy that humbly attempted to describe at least one of the ways folks value financial assets. Yesterday Heidi Moore, US finance and economics editor at the Guardian, described another way to look at markets and trading. Her post on the gold selloff was instructive in regards to the short term aspects of market movements. She describes the market as “more like debates between people who are speaking with their money rather than their voices”. An inspired description! Read Entire Article Here

New Capital Gain tax rates?

Scott Maxwell - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

There are just more ways to tax us as the years roll by! The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 introduced a new wrinkle in the way we think about capital gains taxes. Instead of thinking about two possible rates of tax on long term capital gains we now have to think about three. The Act added a new capital gain rate of 20% for lucky folks with incomes over $400,000. Read Entire Article Here


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