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Rush to Judgment

Healthcare represents 1/6thof the total economy. It is a complex behemoth that cannot be changed overnight. Regardless, the early market analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates winners and losers. Among the “winners” are the hospital companies, Medicare providers and diagnostic testing service providers. The “losers” include […]

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”Oh No – Not Again!”

A family member came to me a few years ago and asked my advice on a mortgage. The loan had originally been established in 2005 so I was not sure what prompted the query as I assumed it must have been a 15 year or 30 year mortgage, and interest rates at that time had […]

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Sigma Participates in ”Detroit Free Press” Live Chat

In light of the positive response we have received about our upcoming luncheon event on the lump sum distribution options offered by Ford and General Motors, we thought having additional information may also be of interest.  On Tuesday, June 19, Bob Bilkie CFA, President, and colleagues Marisa Lenhard, CFA, CFP® and Suzanne Antonelli, CFP® participated in a live […]

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Where Did My Bank Go?

The June 18, 2012 Wall Street Journal has an article about the large number of small community banks putting themselves up for sale.  The primary issue, according to the article, is the high cost of regulation.  Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase Bank, noted in his senate testimony last week that his bank probably […]

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A Countdown to the End of Countdowns

Financial network television producers love a countdown.  I hate to blame the recently deceased Dick Clark, but I sometimes wonder if CNBC and other financial networks favor producers who worked on his New Year’s Eve Times Square Countdowns.  Earlier this month, much of the news was focused on a “Countdown to the Facebook IPO” that […]

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The Parable of the Talents

One of the earliest recorded economic experiments may be found in the scripture passage known as the Parable of the Three Talents (Mathew 25:14-30).  In it, Christ speaks of the master who entrusts his wealth (Talents) to his three main lieutenants while he goes on a journey.  When he returns, he compliments the two lieutenants […]

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