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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Global Profit Recession

In the absence of further policy action in Washington or Europe following recent major events, attention this week turns from macroeconomic events to microeconomic as the earnings pre-announcement season heats up. As the third quarter of 2012 draws to a close, companies provide guidance as to how their earnings are shaping up for the quarter. Not only will companies provide guidance this week about how they fared during the quarter, but also…

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Global Profit Recession

The Inflation Situation

While inflation and inflation expectations in the United States remain in check, the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) decision to pursue another round of bond purchases in the open market (quantitative easing) has generated some discussion of inflation among financial market participants and the media. Our view remains that…

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The Inflation Situation

The “Wall Street” Election Poll

In the past week ending Wednesday, the LPL Financial “Wall Street” September 20, 2012 Election Poll Index reflected a further move toward Democrats, setting another new high for Democrat-favored industries relative to those favored by Republicans. The market continues to increasingly reflect…

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The “Wall Street” Election Poll

Benevolence in Bellevue

The path to being an independent financial advisor varies, but a lot of advisors wouldn’t attempt to go independent without first building a substantial client base. That wasn’t the case for Michael Boone, whose modest beginnings have fueled a passion for helping others…

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Benevolence in Bellevue

 

QE Forever

The Federal Reserve (Fed) announced a third round of quantitative easing (QE) last Thursday (September 13), meeting market participants’ expectations. However, the Fed also went a few steps further. First, the Fed tied the amount of purchases to the health of the labor market (without specifically defining what constitutes a healthy labor market) and said it will continue to…

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QE Forever

Predicted Policy Positives Priced In, Producing Potential for Precarious Pitfalls

There are many highly anticipated economic policy events this week, primarily in Europe. The markets will debate whether these will finally be enough or if more are required. It is likely there will be more to come. However, the series of policy actions in the United States…

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Predicted Policy Positives Priced In, Producing Potential for Precarious Pitfalls

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?

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Acing Financial Life Skills in Your 20s and 30s

What Wall Street Is Saying About the Election May Surprise You

While there are many election polls, what matters most to investors is what is priced in on Wall Street rather than what people are saying on Main Street. A stock market-based “election poll” is useful, in that it highlights what the market is pricing in about the outcome of the November elections…

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What Wall Street Is Saying About the Election May Surprise You