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MARKET WEEK: JULY 6, 2015

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The Markets Stock markets closed the holiday week on a sour note for the second week in a row. While several domestic indicators have been favorable, such as housing and unemployment, the markets across the board continued to lose value on the heels of Greece closing its banks for a week and missing a debt […]

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QUARTERLY MARKET REVIEW: APRIL-JUNE 2015

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The Markets As winter weather finally lost its chokehold on the U.S. economy, investors grew increasingly comfortable with the Federal Reserve’s slow-and-steady approach to raising short-term interest rates. Historic closes were reached by the large-cap Dow (18351) and S&P 500 (2134), while the small-cap Nasdaq (5164) and Russell 2000 (1296) also reached all-time highs during […]

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MARKET WEEK: JUNE 29, 2015

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The Markets Bolstered by very favorable housing news and heightened consumer expectations, the economic news was generally good for the week ending June 26. Unfortunately, the markets, which had experienced gains the prior week, can be described as mundane at best. Both large-cap benchmarks dipped this week, while small caps were not immune to a […]

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June 20, 2015 – Mary Lou Palumbo

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Chris welcomes Mary Lou Palumbo, Executive Director of the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce, to the show this week. Mary Lou talks about the Business After Hours, recent events, and the upcoming Clam Bake. Other topics covered by Chris this week include: Father’s Day, Rick Presbrey and the Housing Assistance Corp, the Papal Encyclical, the New […]

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MARKET WEEK: JUNE 22, 2015

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The Markets The markets responded favorably following the Federal Reserve’s announcement that interest rates would not be raised next month. Both the large-cap Dow and S&P 500 closed ahead of last week. But the biggest weekly gainers were the Nasdaq, which gained 1.3%, and the Russell 2000, which closed the week 1.55% better than last […]

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MARKET WEEK: JUNE 15, 2015

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The Markets Reports from this past week revealed that the number of job openings is increasing, and the federal deficit and crude oil inventories are shrinking, while consumers are spending more of their hard-earned money. Unfortunately, news out of Europe is that negotiations between Greece and its creditors are regressing with default seemingly inevitable. The […]

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Are stock dividends reliable as a source of income?

By on June 10, 2015 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
Are stock dividends reliable as a source of income?

Dividends can be an important source of income. However, there are several factors you should take into consideration if you’ll be relying on them to help pay the bills. An increasing dividend is generally regarded as a sign of a company’s health and stability, and most corporate boards are reluctant to cut them. However, dividends […]

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MARKET WEEK: JUNE 8, 2015

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The Markets The Federal Reserve may be on track to raise short-term interest rates later this year, as a favorable jobs report may be signaling the start of anticipated economic growth and inflationary expansion. However, other economic indicators have not been as positive, further enforcing the Federal Reserve’s “wait and see” approach. Possibly in response […]

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MARKET WEEK: MAY 26, 2015

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The Markets Equities were very much a mixed bag last week, as trading was generally quiet ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The S&P 500, which closed at an all-time high, continued its positive trend, gaining 0.16%. But the Dow and Global Dow fell back into negative territory. The Nasdaq and Russell 2000 posted moderate […]

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MARKET WEEK: MAY 18, 2015

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The Markets Despite drops in consumer confidence, import and export prices, crude oil inventories, and producer prices, the stock market rallied at the end of the week to post positive gains across the board lead by the S&P 500, which closed at an all-time high. However, the biggest gainers for the week were the Nasdaq […]

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