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Media Frenzy 6/05/12

The past few weeks have provided the amateur psychologists among us with some great lessons in how investors behave in reaction to external stimuli, otherwise known as news media frenzy.

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What's Next ?? 5/8/12

The news today is filled with concerns about Europe.  There’s a real concern that Greece could fall into complete disarray, while Spain threatens to follow Greece downhill.  And then there is France, who this past weekend went to the polls and said “NO” to those leaders who were threatening to take away their 12-week annual vacations!
 

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Risky or Safe !? 3/25/12

It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of 2012 is already behind us, but that means this is a good time to do a quick summary of the financial markets and restate some basic philosophy of what we think is important financially as we go forward.

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Lessons From Stiegg, Whitney, and Etta 3/24/12

Those of you who have worked with us for any length of time know the importance we place on having in place accurate and up-to-date documents.  Some recent high profile estate situations underscore some key takeaways related to planning:

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Where are we Headed !? 2/24/12

As we enter a major political year, the rhetoric regarding our financial situation is heating up on all sides. Depending on who you read, the answer to our financial problems varies from increasing our national debt and suppressing our interest rates (The New York Times) to revisiting 1980 style supply side economics with lower tax rates and higher defense spending (The Wall Street Journal). 

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2012!!! 1/4/2012

As we finish 2011 and welcome in 2012 we want to wish each of you and your families a very Happy New Year!

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The Psychology of the Herd 11/29/2011

Over the past few weeks we have witnessed a number of negative news items. The “super committee” proved less than super as it failed to overcome the partisanship that plagues our country’s leadership. The news from Europe becomes increasingly negative as the continent appears to be falling into what may become a severe recession. And, our U.S. economy can be described as “sputtering” at best, with revised GDP figures reflecting an anemic 2% growth and unemployment, as defined by the unemployed and underemployed, remaining stubbornly above 12%.

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The Cold, Hard Light of Day 11/8/2011

The week before last the market received the news that the European Union nations had reached an agreement to resolve its financial problems, and the reaction was euphoric! Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for wiser heads to point out that, in reality, nothing of substance was solved, and that the European sovereign debt problems were just as severe as they were before the so-called agreement. The cold, hard light of day forced investors to face reality.

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Whiplash 10/18/2011

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal spoke about the volatility we have experienced in the financial markets over the past year, and suggested that we “watch our head.”

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Whiplash 10/18/2011

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal spoke about the volatility we have experienced in the financial markets over the past year, and suggested that we “watch our head.”

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