Monthly Archives: July 2014

Are Bank CD’s a Good Idea Right Now?

Bank CD’s have long been a very stable choice for investors. They provide a low-risk place for the investor to put their money because the interest and the principal are guaranteed up to $250,000. However at the current time those … Continue reading

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Clearing up the Confusion About Fixed Income Alternatives for Town Mutuals

Town mutuals are well aware that they are required by the OCI to maintain an adequate level of Type 1 investments. Once the required Type 1 amount has been satisfied, most town mutuals venture into utilizing some Type 2 investment … Continue reading

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The Gas Price Stimulus

Iraq is one of the world’s largest oil producers, so when the ISIS militants rolled in from Syria and took over Iraq’s largest oil refinery, global oil traders and gas companies braced for a sharp spike in prices. Consumers expected … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Employment Statistics

We are deluged with numbers like how many jobs were created this month and last month, or the ever-fluctuating number of jobless claims, or number of people who may or may not have stopped looking for work. The most recent … Continue reading

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Don’t Fear the Correction

At of the end of June, the Standard & Poors 500 index has completed 32 full months without a correction of 10% or more. We are living in a remarkably long bull market; the average time span without a full-blown … Continue reading

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First-Half Report Card: Modest Gains, Murky Outlook

It’s hard to describe single-digit first half returns as a raging bull market, but it’s also hard to feel too negative about a six month period when the S&P 500 recorded 22 record highs and virtually everything in your portfolio–including … Continue reading

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