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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Operation Reflation: How to Potentially Profit from the Fed’s Intentions

Last week, the official recession dating committee, the National Bureau of Economic Research, announced that the recession was officially over in June of 2009. This was not surprising to most market participants. In fact, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index reflected at that time a move from contraction to growth. However, the question today that most investors want to see addressed is: will the economy slip back into recession? On that note, the ……

 

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Consumer Guide to Financial self-Defense

It should surprise no one that Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.—whose core mission is to serve the public—would publish a “self defense guide.”

At CFP Board, we take the responsibility to protect American savers and investors very seriously. It is why we insist that CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals adhere to a fiduciary standard of care…..

 

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The Fed May Hold the Key to Unlocking the Range Bound Market

It may all come down to the Federal Reserve (Fed) this week. The message from the Fed at 2:15 pm ET on Tuesday, September 21 may hold the key to whether the stock market breaks out of the range that has bound the S&P 500 since May [Chart 1], or remains within it.

Historically, the Fed has typically provided added economic stimulus at this point in the economic cycle. The response by the Fed to uncertainty over the economic environment has been anything but uncertain: they have ……

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Housing and the Fed, Together Forever

 Housing and the Federal Reserve (Fed) are likely to dominate the landscape this week. The Fed’s policymaking arm, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), meets to decide policy and a variety of data on the still struggling U.S. housing market will be released. Market participants will also digest a key report on the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector in August, the durable goods orders report. Overseas, ……

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Firming Up

Markets will likely spend the week firming up their forecasts for real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the United States in the third quarter, as participants digest key data on retail sales, consumer and producer prices for August and business inventories for July. The week’s data also includes an early look at manufacturing in September, and a snapshot of ……

 

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Nine Years Since 9/11

It has been nine years since the attacks of 9/11 and their immeasurable human toll.
It has also been nine years since the primary focus of American foreign policy became counterterrorism. In addition to a massive investment in homeland security, the United States has engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan intended to root out the threat to Americans. These efforts have ……

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Mr. Gross Goes to Washington

I’ve had a lot of high perspiration “Right Guard” moments in my life, although I futilely try to live by Gillette’s 1984 advertisement of “never let ‘em see you sweat.” External composure during times when others around you are losing theirs is a quality that leaders are presumed to require, so I walk like a man and talk like a man, while all the while a little boy inside me is screaming, “Run!” The only time ……

 

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Is The Tide Turning?

While last week (August 30 − September 3) was an eventful week for the economy and financial markets, this week’s economic and policy calendar is relatively light. Aside from the regular weekly reports on retail sales, mortgage applications, and initial claims for unemployment insurance, the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) Beige ……

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Back to School for Investors

School has started once again across the United States and not just for those enrolled in formal education. Investors were taught a lesson in sentiment last week that they may not soon forget.

Last week was the first time since April that the key economic data was better than economists’ and investors’ expectations. ……

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Catalysts on the Horizon

The stock market posted solid gains on Friday August 27, but still closed lower for the third week in a row. Economic data was generally disappointing, especially housing. This week brings the most important data of the month, including the Institute for Supply ……

 

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