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The risk of rising rates

 

Conservative investors are becoming increasingly concerned that their bond holdings may be at risk. If and when the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates this year, will bond holders be caught holding the bag? read more…

Focus on the big picture

 

Once again, the U.S. markets are flirting with the lower end of their trading range. The Fed heads are still yakking about when an interest rate hike will happen and an unremarkable earnings season is just about over. How much of this matters to you and your portfolio? read more…

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When “no” means “yes”

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A Greek referendum less than two weeks ago delivered a resounding “no” when voters were asked to approve the European Community’s austerity ultimatum in exchange for a new bailout. While Grecians danced in the streets, global markets tumbled, but fast forward ten days and we now face an entirely different set of outcomes. read more…

Why retire?

Back in the day, retirement was equivalent to that golden ring on every small town carousel. It was your reward for a life of hard work, saving and struggle. Today, like that disappearance of the carousel, fewer and fewer Americans see retirement as an attractive alternative to working. read more…

Second quarter earnings on deck

 

Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same. read more…

Tiny houses gain appeal

In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre. For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically. read more…

From Russia with love

 

The newest wrinkle in the Greek debt crisis occurred this week when Greek officials met with Vladimir Putin to discuss a gas pipeline extension as well as the possibility of lending the cash-strapped nation additional funds. read more…

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