The Catalyst of Cooperation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZSJqBXDOE Investors have a lot on their minds this fall. Between the impending fiscal cliff, European and Chinese woes and an election here at home, there’s a lot of unanswered questions holding investors…
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The Dividend Growth Advantage

We live in such a noisy and complex world. The “fiscal cliff”, the presidential election, Greece, France, Italy, China, a tropical storm, the shaky market, low interest rates… it’s enough to make even the most seasoned investor cautious…
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A Nation Re-energized

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOxEqsCRrUU “Human innovation is the only natural resource we have.” - Julian Robertson, Founder Tiger Management Innovation and technology are causing dramatic shifts in America’s energy reserve estimates…
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Corn and the Economy

The markets continue to be erratic this week responding to the rising price of corn, the slow U.S. economic recovery and the downslide in Europe. Corn It appears the economy isn’t the only climate struggling this year. With severe droughts…
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Manufactured Facts

Last week the Institute for Supply Management released their June Manufacturing Index that showed a contraction in US factory output. That brought to mind some important questions: We still have factories in the US? Wasn’t that all shipped…
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The Next Bull Market is Behind Our Wall of Worry

Investors are re-experiencing the old phrase, “every bull market climbs a wall of worry” this week. The media continue to bring down expectations and hope for investors. Around the world we read and hear about problems in Europe and slowing…

Stock Market Correcting, but not Collapsing

This week's commentary was penned by LPL Financial, but does a really good job of describing the potential "Spring Slide." If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us. -The Prosperion Financial Advisors Almost like an…
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The Motivation of Prize and Uncertainty

Innovation often serves as a boost to an economy. After all, it tends to be a driving force behind the creation of new markets and the growth of existing ones. But innovation isn’t something that can be bought and sold… or is it? If we look…
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Long Term Perspective in a Short Term Focus World

The challenge in today’s market is a matter of perspective. For many it can be hard to ignore the constant clutter and loud volume of media analysts pitching today’s hottest stock. It seems like every economic data point is over-analyzed,…
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How to Stay Ahead of the Investing Curve

Here’s a quiz question: Why did the average investor see a 3.5% return while the U.S. stock markets averaged annual returns of 7.8% over the past 20 years?* The answer is simple, the average investor bought high and sold low. Superficially…
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Companies: Earnings 16% Better, Same Price

US companies measured by the Standard and Poor’s (S&P 500) have had about a 16% increase in their earnings, yet prices are about the same as they were a year ago. Hard to believe right? Many US Businesses are performing at an exceptional…
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Watch Shoppers – Not CNBC…

Watch what people do not what they say. Sales for the full first weekend of holiday shopping – Thursday through Sunday – are up 16.4% versus a year ago according to the National Retail Federation. The American economy is not going to fall…
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Buffett at the Buffet

I find it insightful to pay attention to some of the greatest investors of all time – Warren Buffett. Many of our clients know what fans of Mr. Buffett’s investment prowess. We have differing view of some of his other views – but that…