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MARKET WEEK: AUGUST 18, 2014

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The Markets Last week domestic equities managed to build on the gains of the week before. The Dow industrials finally returned to positive territory for the year, and the Nasdaq had the kind of weekly gain it hasn’t seen since late May. Meanwhile, geopolitical tensions helped spur interest in the relative safety of the benchmark […]

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MARKET WEEK: AUGUST 11, 2014

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The Markets Investor indecision about the future of equities prices, coupled with light summer trading volumes, led to volatility across the board last week.¬†Friday‘s 186-point rally gave the Dow some relief after two down weeks, though not enough to nudge the index into positive territory for the year. The small caps of the Russell 2000 […]

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A View of Health Care from Around the World

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A View of Health Care from Around the World

The United States health-care system has been impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But how does delivery of health care in the United States compare to that of other nations? And where does the United States rank with respect to the cost of health care per capita and as a percentage of gross domestic […]

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Retirement Myths and Realities

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Retirement Myths and Realities

We all have some preconceived notions about what retirement will be like. But how do those notions compare with the reality of retirement? Here are four common retirement myths to consider.

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Charitable Gifts of Items You No Longer Need

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Charitable Gifts of Items You No Longer Need

If you have used clothing, household goods, or a car that you no longer need, you may be able to do good by contributing the property to charity while obtaining an income tax deduction for your charitable contribution. Subject to certain limitations, the amount of your charitable contribution is usually the fair market value (the […]

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Why are you paying more at the pump?

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Why are you paying more at the pump?

Have you ever stood at the pump wondering why you’re paying so much to fill up your vehicle? The answer is … complicated. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), many factors contribute to the cost of a gallon of gasoline, including the price of crude oil (which accounts for the majority of the […]

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Chart: Ten-Year History of U.S. Average Gas Prices

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Chart: Ten-Year History of U.S. Average Gas Prices

Gas prices fluctuated widely in 2008, peaking at a high of $4.11 during the second week of July, then plummeting to $1.81 by the first week of December. Since 2008, gasoline prices have generally been on an upswing, but have leveled off during the past three years, as this chart shows. According to the U.S. […]

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MARKET WEEK: AUGUST 4, 2014

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The Markets A strong GDP report, generally positive corporate earnings, and a slightly more optimistic outlook from the Fed couldn’t offset the ongoing stream of bleak news about geopolitical problems and investor desire to take some money off the table. The Russell 2000′s recent losing streak spread to the large caps as the S&P 500 […]

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A View of Health Care from Around the World

By on July 29, 2014 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
A View of Health Care from Around the World

The United States health-care system has been impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But how does delivery of health care in the United States compare to that of other nations? And where does the United States rank with respect to the cost of health care per capita and as a percentage of gross domestic […]

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MARKET WEEK: JULY 28, 2014

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The Markets In a week that saw mostly mixed economic data and generally positive earnings reports, markets posted mixed results as well. While tech and international stocks posted slight gains, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost a little less than 1% after Friday’s 123-point drop. Small caps continued their slump, and the S&P 500 finished […]

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