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The Great False Choice

The debate is raging among policy makers, economists, and even among members of the Federal Reserve, about whether more stimulus is needed to boost the U.S. economy or whether policymakers should begin focusing on government debt reduction. Olivier Blanchard, chief…

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Five Things

We are in the middle of low volume summer trading in the stock market.After last quarter's pullback, stocks are beginning to gradually move higher again. Recent economic news shows an economy that is still struggling with high unemployment and a…

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Moderating Growth, More Volatility

The recent correction of 10-15% in major stock market indexes was ignited by concerns over sovereign debt markets in Europe, but it is also a reflection of moderating growth rate in our economy. The rapid rebound from our recession lows…

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The Long and Short of It

Last week the S&P 500 lost over 4% and is now down 12% from its April high. The sell-off has been focused on troubles in Europe, particularly in Greece, and Spain, as well as some of the structural and demographic…

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Thursday’s Flash Crash and Europe

Last week was a hectic week in the stock market. On Thursday we witnessed a rollercoaster as stocks started strong, fell as fears increased that the sovereign debt crisis in Greece might spread to other areas of Europe. Shortly thereafter…

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Bargain Hunting

As we predicted in the 4th Quarter 2009 newsletter, the market was due for a correction. With that in mind, we have an extra 18-25% in a cash and bond position for all of our portfolios. This allows us to…

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Investors-Be Alert, Invest Wisely

Last year, as the sock market was recovering from the financial collapse, the stock market was rocked by one of the largest investment scams of all time. Bernard Madoff, a former chairman of NASDAQ, was convicted of stealing billions from…

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