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Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  20 Sep 2013

Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending A possible alternative to Banks Lara Miller began showcasing her original fashion designs as a student of the Art Institute of Chicago. Six short years, a landslide of favorable press and 17 retail outlets later, the Lara Miller brand needed an influx of cash to keep up with demand and…

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TAPER, TAPER, TOIL & TROUBLE

Not to be confused with a tapir, which is a large browsing mammal similar in shape to a pig that roams the jungles of South America and Southeast Asia. The word taper or tapering has received a whole lot of attention lately after Ben Bernanke announced at the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting…

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Is The Great 30 Year Bond Bull Market Over – Part 2

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  6 May 2013

What Effect Will It Have On Bonds and Bond Funds When the first part of this article was written back in the middle of February, everyone was screaming that interest rates were going to continue higher and the bond bull market that has lasted for over 30 years was over. My, what a difference two…

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The Sequester: Everything You Could Possibly Need to Know

BLOG, NEWS  |  28 Feb 2013

Two months ago it was the fiscal cliff, now we have the Sequester. If nothing is done by the end of today, we will have officially entered the reality of the Sequester. You can’t help to hear about it on the news, on late night TV, at the coffee shop, it is being talked about…

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Is the Great 30 Year Bond Bull Market Over?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  19 Feb 2013

Is the Great 30 Year Bond Bull Market Over? Recently, interest rates have begun to creep up as the U.S. economy appears to be improving. Corporations are earning record profits, housing is showing some life and consumers appear to be spending more on things ranging from clothes to autos. Since the beginning of December, 2012…

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SO, WE AVERTED THE FISCAL CLIFF, NOW WHAT?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, TAXES  |  8 Jan 2013

In the last 2 weeks, we have survived the Mayan Apocalypse and the dreaded Fiscal Cliff as we watched 2012 draw to a close. So what does it all mean? Well, since we all survived the end of the Mayan calendar, the world as we know it will carry on. But what does surviving the…

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More Fiscal Cliff Notes

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, TAXES  |  7 Dec 2012

More Fiscal Cliff Notes By now you have to believe that everyone is tired of hearing about the “Fiscal Cliff”. We know there is a good chance that this will drag on well beyond the New Year and the effects will likely impact almost everyone in some way. However, the media has really pumped this…

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Are We Headed Off the Fiscal Cliff?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  31 Oct 2012

Maybe December 21, 2012 (the date the Mayan Calendar supposedly says the world ends) shouldn’t be the date everyone worries about. Perhaps January 1, 2013 is a greater concern. By now you have most likely heard of the term “Fiscal Cliff” that has been tossed around by just about everyone. I don’t know about you,…

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QE III, So what is all the fuss about?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  19 Sep 2012

By now you likely have heard about the latest economic stimulus program that Ben Bernanke & the Federal Reserve have embarked on, known as QE III (Quantitative Easing III). We have previously discussed what Quantitative Easing (QE) is. In a broad sense, QE is essentially a form of open market operations that are supposed to…

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Legal & Financial Paperwork to Have Ready for an Evacuation

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  27 Jul 2012

We had been watching the news nonstop for days as the fire raged toward the city line. The smoke plume first appeared Saturday. By Tuesday afternoon, the wind gusts hit 65 m.p.h., and the neighborhoods due west of us were told to prepare to leave. By 4 p.m., as the neighbors and I watched smoke…

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