Tax Deal Is Good For The Economy & The Stock Market

President Obama and Congressional Republicans have reached an agreement on taxes. The plan would extend Bush-era tax cuts for an additional two years for all Americans through 2012.  The tax cuts include individuals making more than $200,000 and couples earning over $250,000.  Although liberals in Congress are publicly against this, it is expected to pass […]

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Often we look to Iceland…

Often we look to Iceland to see if we can discern events that will assist the United States.  As you know, Iceland is a tiny country in the Atlantic that in the mid 2000s had some of the largest banks in the world.  Then in 2008 the country and its currency collapsed.  (more…)

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Living A Rich Life Is Not About Money

Living a Rich Life is not about Money By Gayle Knight Colman, CFP® During the first quarter of the year when the markets were nearing their decline and beginning a slow recovery, we offered a short list of activities and ideas to our clients about living a wealthy life. The list was different than you might […]

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Gratitude

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and […]

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Gift Cards

As the time of holiday gift giving approaches, I offer you a recent experience to support your gift giving decisions. Gift cards have been and continue to be popular ways of satisfying a gift for another. They are easy actions when you don’t know exactly what someone would want to receive but you have a […]

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A Better Country? Let’s Face Into Reality

This year we have witnessed one of the most expensive election years in history.  According to NPR, over $4 billion was spent to influence your vote.  The result of this incredible outpour of resources is that Republicans control the House; Democrats control the White House and Senate.  We also witnessed the incredible force of the Tea […]

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Security Is Mostly A Superstition

Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature… Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller The quote we are most familiar with by Heller Keller is usually the second line. I appreciate the first line because it brings a broader context to the second.  Money, by many studies […]

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The State Of The Economy

The question on the mind of many investors has to be: where is the U.S. and world economy headed?  Are we moving toward a double-dip recession, or is the economy in the early stages of a long-term recovery? At a recent industry conference in San Diego, financial professionals heard a keynote presentation by economist Todd […]

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A Bright Quarter

Sometimes you have to wonder whether prominent government officials are brain dead or something.  Bart van Ark, chief economist at the Conference Board, just stated one of the most obvious statements (more…)

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Short Term Memories & The Three Factors Of Fear

Suddenly, in the past few weeks, the markets have looked a lot scarier to a lot of nonprofessional investors.  Why?  The answer probably has something to do with human psychology. In April and May we shared our expectations for market volatility during the summer months; there would be a lot of fast movements upward, as […]

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