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Regardless of what happens with the fiscal cliff it is likely that taxes will increase at least for high income earners, and any hope of a compromise or solution is likely to drive the stock markets higher. Should you sell and realize capital gains now at potentially lower rates?  Are high dividend-paying stocks going to…

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As we head further into the second half of 2012, it is clear that policy from central banks in the US, Europe, and China will drive markets and the global economy. Monetary policy in the US is becoming less impactful, while central bankers in Europe appear unwilling to tackle the enormity of their collective problem.…

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Michael Townsend, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Charles Schwab & Company spoke to a group of advisors about what effect the policies and politics coming out of Washington might have on investors in the months ahead. As you might guess, his access to Washington gives him an insider’s perspective. Outside of the…

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Anytime you have to redraw or resize a chart to accommodate one piece of data – a severe outlier, if you will – you have to talk about it. Since it likely means something is amiss, you ignore it at your own peril. It begs the question, then, as to why the media, economists and…

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The following debt facts were published in an article by Jill Schlesinger of CBS Money Watch in February 2012. They are an excellent recap of our nation’s debt from 1791 to now. Read on to find out why you need to know these facts. 1. The U.S. national debt on Jan. 1, 1791, was just $75 million dollars.…

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For those of you who don’t spend your days and nights thinking about the intricacies of the global economy, sorting out what really triggered the onset of the 2008 recession and how that continues to affect us today might be somewhat daunting. You might be wondering how something called a collateralized debt obligation, or CDO,…

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For most of the past two years, investors have been pre-occupied with the fiscal catastrophe in Europe – and with good reason. However, the relative health of the world’s second largest economy arguably deserves more consideration. A year ago, China’s stock market led the broader emerging markets down due to pervasive inflation concerns. Official figures…

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