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Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Summer Holiday? No, Not This Week

The week before Labor Day is usually a quiet one for financial market participants, with calendars light on meetings and heavy on vacation time. However, financial markets face a series of key economic and policy events that could make this week (August 27 – 31) anything but quiet. The events this week could provide market participants with more insight into…

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A Summer Holiday? No, Not This Week

Made in the USA

The United States has run a trade deficit (importing more goods and services from other countries than it exports to other countries) since the mid-1970s. Although the trade deficit narrows during recessions — imports typically fall faster than exports during a recession — the trade gap has increased over time, and currently stands at around…

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Made in the USA

Acing Financial Life Skills in Your 20s and 30s

How can you acquire and cultivate a stellar foundation for taking control of financial predicaments that arise during personal and professional life changes in your 20s and 30s? Whether a significant life change is predictable or unforeseen, realize that your ability to successfully navigate through its challenges and readily adjust to evolving circumstances is contingent on your financial preparedness…

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Acing Financial Life Skills in Your 20s and 30s

Dog Days for the Dow

The “dogs of the Dow” have best handled the heat of the dog days of summer. The so-called “dogs of the Dow” strategy entails owning the highest dividend-yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Yield has been a rewarding theme in the markets this summer. In general, it has been the highest-yielding stocks and bonds that have…

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Dog Days for the Dow

Washed Out

The July 2012 jobs report (released on Friday, August 3, 2012) was better than washed-out expectations, but still weak. The private sector economy created 172,000 jobs in July 2012, far more than the 100,000 jobs economists expected. But while the July reading was better than lowered expectations, it was not good. Over the past three months…

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Washed Out

What the Fed Can’t Do

Last week, there was some encouraging news from the Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) along with some better U.S. economic reports. But individual investors do not seem to care much. Cash flows remain negative for mutual funds that invest in U.S. stocks despite gains for the year…

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What the Fed Can’t Do

Resisting Recession

The latest report on the health of the nation’s economy (as measured by gross domestic product [GDP]) found that the economic recovery that began three years ago in June 2009 continued through June 2012. However, the pace of growth remains frustratingly slow. The slow pace of growth has implications for Federal Reserve (Fed) policy in the near future. Although it would be tempting to…

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Resisting Recession

Are European Stocks a Good Value?

European stock markets overall have fallen this year and plunged by over 20% during the past 12 months, measured in dollar terms using either the MSCI Euro or Euro Stoxx 50 indexes. At the same time, U.S. stocks have posted solid gains. While Europe is in an economic recession and clearly faces fiscal challenges…

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Are European Stocks a Good Value?