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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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Here We Go Again?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  6 Jun 2012

We have written many times over the last couple of years that over in Europe the “can keeps getting kicked down the road”, and that we would still be talking about Europe for some time yet. Well, here we are in June of 2012 and wouldn’t you know it, we are talking about the situation…

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Are We Close To A Bottom In The Housing Market?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  7 May 2012

Almost everyone has been affected either directly or indirectly by the collapse of the housing market which began to burst 6 years ago and helped trigger the worst financial panic since the Great Depression. So where do things stand in the housing market today and what does the outlook look like? Of course you have…

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SO, DO WE REALLY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HYPERINFLATION?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  30 Mar 2012

Many people have declared that high inflation and even hyperinflation is imminent. Then again they have been saying this for several years now and inflation for the most part remains relatively subdued. Conventional wisdom and many on-air and in-print “experts” profess that money printing (i.e. Quantitative Easing, QE I, II, III, etc.) will lead to…

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EARLY LOOK AT POSSIBLE 2013 INCOME TAX CHANGES

BLOG, TAXES  |  29 Feb 2012

2012 not only marks the end of the Mayan calendar, but also the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 under George W. Bush. With the aspect of likely higher taxes looming in 2013 some Congressional aides have termed the upcoming expiration of the Bush tax cuts as “Taxmageddon”. Are the expiration of the tax cuts…

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Greece – Where are we now?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  27 Jan 2012

Since our last post about a month ago, markets around the world have rallied strongly, based on perceived better news out of Europe, but also stronger U.S. economic data, as well as hopes that the Federal Reserve will institute another Quantitative Easing Program (QE 3?). We will try to catch up on some of the…

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ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT EUROPE?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  20 Dec 2011

The sovereign debt crisis in Europe seems like the movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray wakes up to the same thing day after day after day. We have been discussing the problems in Europe for almost 2 years now, and it appears we are still a long way from a solution to the problems. What…

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Deal or No Deal? (What is Going on in Europe?)

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  4 Nov 2011

Deal or No Deal? (What is Going on in Europe?) (Beware of Greeks bearing debts)   The big news last week for the markets was that European leaders arrived at a bailout package for Greece. Equity markets breathed a big sigh of relief (at least for a few days) that a full-blown banking crisis affecting…

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WHAT IS OPERATION TWIST AND WHY IS IT BEING DONE?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  3 Oct 2011

Essentially the Federal Reserve will purchase longer term securities (to try to move the long-term interest rate a little lower) that are financed from the sale of short-term securities. The securities they would be buying would most likely be Treasury bonds with 6 to 30 years remaining until maturity and selling Treasury bonds with maturities…

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WHERE DO THINGS STAND IN EUROPE CURRENTLY?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  3 Oct 2011

The ongoing saga of will Greece default or will they get bailed out continues. (For a summary of how we got to where we are today, see here) News and rumors continue to pour out of Europe and the markets continue to twitch on every morsel of information. Over the weekend (September 24-25), there were…

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