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The Greek Dilemma

The problem, in short, is that Greece cannot meet its financial obligations in a timely manner and, perhaps, not at all.  Negotiations with Greece’s creditors are at an impasse and both sides are engaged in a high stakes game of chicken. Neil Irwin, a senior economic correspondent of The New York Times, recently commented on […]

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Financial Tips for New Parents

Starting a family is a huge time and financial commitment.  The greatest gifts you can give your children are love, a happy and safe home, and security.  We all strive for financial security and to achieve that goal requires diligence, planning, and common sense.   Obviously, the earlier you start planning the greater chance for success […]

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Managing Fluctuation

Fluctuation is the norm.  Markets fluctuate.  Rainfall fluctuates.  Tax collections fluctuate.  Fluctuation is real but can be managed if recognized and dealt with in a disciplined manner. It is obvious that discipline is the problem.  Many public sector pension funds are still distributing so called “13th checks”, reflecting the manager’s willingness to distribute the results […]

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S&P 500 First Quarter Earnings Decline?

Consensus estimates for first quarter 2015 S&P 500 earnings suggest that we are likely to experience the first negative quarter since 2009.  Price/earnings ratios are often material in projecting future stock prices.  Should we be worried? Perhaps, but the outlook over the next 12 months may be more encouraging, and many investors put more weight […]

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Frenemies?

On April 8, 2015, Stratfor, a geopolitical research institution, reported the April 7th dispatch of the U.S. State Department Counselor, Dr. Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., to Caracas, Venezuela, following Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro’s public request for a meeting between ambassadors of the two countries. This meeting directly preceded the Seventh Summit of the Americas, hosted […]

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Frenemies?

On April 8, 2015, Stratfor, a geopolitical research institution, reported the April 7th dispatch of the U.S. State Department Counselor, Dr. Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., to Caracas, Venezuela, following Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro’s public request for a meeting between ambassadors of the two countries. This meeting directly preceded the Seventh Summit of the Americas, hosted […]

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