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  • The stock market took no prisoners yesterday, August 4, as the Dow dropped more than 500 points, and only 3 of the S&P 500 stocks finished up for the day.  While we think the words panic and rout are too strong, it was disconcerting to say the least, and investors seemed to agree, as they were gripped with worry that the US and global economies were headed toward recession.  While we concede that there is a lot to worry about—Europe’s debt crisis, the survival of the euro and the euro zone...
    Post date: : 08/04/2011 - 8:00pm
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  • One could think the Apocalypse was approaching, the way the debt ceiling fiasco has lit up the news as of late. A divided government, underwhelming leadership from both sides of the debate, and prospects unfamiliar to our country’s fiscal history—the depiction has not been a pretty one, by any stretch of the imagination. Even after coming to a tentative agreement to raise the debt ceiling through 2012, along with about $1 trillion in spending cuts, and even more long term cuts, the US has not...
    Post date: : 08/02/2011 - 8:00pm
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  • What is the time limit for the debt ceiling? Officially, the Treasury reached its debt ceiling on May 16.  However, the government has been able to conserve cash and free up some capacity.  This has bought Congress some time to reach a consensus, but because the government operates at a deficit, we are eating through the capacity and, despite cash conserving measures, will reach the debt ceiling by August 2.  What are Republicans and Democrats saying? While both Republicans and Democrats are...
    Post date: : 07/25/2011 - 8:00pm
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  • We understand the anxiety of hearing economic concerns in the news every day, and the all too familiar fears it can elicit, given what happened in our economy just a few years ago. Recent economic turbulence, cited in headlines and talking points daily, has certainly rubbed off on the stock market. Although still positive for 2011, as of June 20th, the S&P 500 Index was down -4.86% for the month of June, after being down -1.13% for the month of May. Nonetheless, in the quarter to date, our...
    Post date: : 06/23/2011 - 8:00pm
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  • On May 16, 2011 the U.S. reached its debt limit of $14.3 trillion. With the subsequent possibility that the U.S. will be unable to issue further debt, and may even undergo a technical default, there has been a lot of discussion, and hype about raising the debt ceiling. You may be hearing mixed messages about the debt ceiling and the impact of default. Here are answers to some questions you may have about the debt limit.[i] What is the Debt Limit? The federal debt limit was created in 1917 with...
    Post date: : 06/07/2011 - 8:00pm
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  • In the aftermath of a hard-hitting recession, states and localities are still feeling the heavy pressures of decreased revenues, and as a result, many have raised fears of being unable to alleviate operating deficits in order to maintain a balanced budget for the 2012 fiscal year. High rates of unemployment have only worsened the problem. Particular municipalities, including California and Illinois, have gained increased attention lately for their more extreme budgetary deficits. Such...
    Post date: : 02/21/2011 - 7:00pm
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  • It would be impractical to deny that in this moment, we are faced with the harsh reality of an ever increasing national debt in the United States. Just a quick glance at the latest figure, $13.7 trillion, reminds us that resolution, and more importantly resolution with sensible solutions, will be an incredible challenge. Unless actions are taken soon, this rising debt burden threatens our economy, our ability to grow, our competitiveness, our standard of living, and the confidence of...
    Post date: : 11/17/2010 - 7:00pm
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  • Get ready for another round of Quantitative Easing (QE) by our Central Bank – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States of America. Quantitative easing in essence is nothing more than a monetary policy tool used by central banks when the short-term interest rates, which they control, are at or near zero. The Federal Reserve Bank has a dual responsibility to ensure that our economy is functioning at full potential. They are legally bound to effectively promote the goals of maximum...
    Post date: : 10/31/2010 - 8:00pm
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  • With the announcement on Friday the 27th of August of the downward revision in GDP to 1.6% for the second quarter 2010 the talk of a double dip recession increased among economists and members of the financial press.  Even some of the most bullish economists were putting the odds at 25% or more.   A recession is commonly held to be two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.  A double dip recession is a recession followed by positive economic growth followed by another period of...
    Post date: : 07/18/2010 - 8:00pm
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