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Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Brain Made Me Do It

How does one get off this ride? 2011 was another year of market moving headlines. We saw the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. Osama Bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi are no longer with us. The Arab Spring and Greek Winter have made rioting a cable news staple. Am I missing anything? Oh, yes, in a tight race for headline of the year, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded and Europe is coming apart at the seams…

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My Brain Made Me Do It

Apocalypse Soon

A search of the bestsellers with “2012” in their title does not offer the books you might expect such as travel guides, how to crack the SAT exam, or the best new cars to buy. Instead, the top books on the list are among the thousands of books, films, videos, seminars, and websites tied to doomsday predictions about 2012…

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Apocalypse Soon

The Promise and Peril of New Year Money Resolutions

As is customary this time of year, we begin to reflect on the year that is ending as well as the approaching year. This process can create a desire to “improve” one’s life in the coming year. This can result in diets, a commitment to increase exercise, or new approaches to handling your finances…

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The Promise and Peril of New Year Money Resolutions

Communication Breakdown?

Financial markets will absorb nearly a month’s worth of data and events in the next two weeks ahead of the year-end holiday season that typically slows financial market activity (and the government’s economic data mills) to a crawl. This week (December 12 – 16), events in the United States will retake center stage after Europe dominated last week…

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Communication Breakdown?

Avoid Retirement Fail: Strategies for the Under 40 Worker

It’s tough being a younger worker in this economy. Whether you are facing an entry level salary in your first job out of college or are a thirty-something that has recently bought a home or started a family, you have many things competing for your paycheck…

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Avoid Retirement Fail: Strategies for the Under 40 Worker

New Ideas Are Not Just for Europe

Developing new solutions to battle the debt problems in Europe has been important to making substantive progress toward a long-term solution. Last week’s European summit produced progress in the form of a landmark agreement to strengthen budget rules. While the accord addresses the long-term problems facing Europe, the spending cuts are likely to…

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New Ideas Are Not Just for Europe

Family Feud

Pimco December 2011 Investment Outlook by Bill Gross

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Family Feud

The Labor Market Continues Its Long Climb Back

While this is yet another crucial week for European policymakers, the relatively quiet week (December 5 – 9) for economic and policy events in the United States provides us with the opportunity to review the highlights of the 2012 Outlook in this week’s Weekly Economic Commentary. We will also review the November employment report, which was released on Friday, December 2…

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The Labor Market Continues Its Long Climb Back

A European Christmas Carol

Last week, the stock market had the best week since the week ending March 13, 2009, which marked the beginning of the rebound from the long 2007 – 2009 bear market. The S&P 500 Index regained 7.4% last week after a similarly steep slide in the prior week and a half. Volatility remains high as investors focus on every development in Europe…

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A European Christmas Carol

Financial Planning: The Purpose and Benefits

People frequently misunderstand the purpose and benefits of financial planning. They think it’s only about beating the S&P 500 Index or planning for retirement, or it’s only for wealthy or older people…

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Financial Planning: The Purpose and Benefits