The Catalyst of Cooperation

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 back. But with worry comes opportunity. The American markets are trading at historically low price to earnings ratios. Many companies have large stockpiles of cash just waiting to be put to work. If we could only put these worries behind us, I think the economy has a chance to move ahead from the slow growth pace we are experiencing.

First we have to remove our worries. Fortunately I think the tides are turning. It’s all quiet on the European front with plans in place to offer support to countries struggling under their burden of debt. They are also working toward a closer banking union. We also tend to forget the obvious in China. While their growth rate appears to be slowing, it is still well above the activity level found here in the US.

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Greg Horstman

Greg Horstman

For the past 28 years, Greg has worked to provide clients with exceptional financial advice and strategic investment strategies. In the summer of 2009 he partnered with Craig and joined Prosperion Financial Advisors. His service and personal dedication to clients is second to none. Learn more about Greg here.

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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 (or crazy). All these fears transform the market into a roller coaster of daily fluctuation. For investors that means only one certainty: uncertainty.

But people still want to retire. Investors still want a steady income beyond their working years. And folks still want to work hard and watch their money grow. The problem I fear is investors spend far too much time watching the price of their portfolio and bypassing what their portfolios are doing for them. In other words the income a portfolio generates is far more important than the daily fluctuation driven by constant volatility.

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Steve Booren

Steve Booren

Steve started his investment career in 1978 with the NYSE investment firm EF Hutton, working in the environment of a large investment company. Desiring to provide clients with objective investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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A Nation Re-energized

“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 a recent research report from American Funds says.

Several entities, including the Department of Energy, now estimate the nation’s natural gas as so vast that it could be a game changer for the American economy, and a competitive advantage for many US companies if fully developed.

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Steve Booren

Steve Booren

Steve started his investment career in 1978 with the NYSE investment firm EF Hutton, working in the environment of a large investment company. Desiring to provide clients with objective investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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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.

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Greg Horstman

Greg Horstman

For the past 28 years, Greg has worked to provide clients with exceptional financial advice and strategic investment strategies. In the summer of 2009 he partnered with Craig and joined Prosperion Financial Advisors. His service and personal dedication to clients is second to none. Learn more about Greg here.

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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 to Mexican maquiladoras or Chinese sweatshops long ago?

Our country still builds things?

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David Morrison

David Morrison

David uses Values Based Financial Planning to align your financial choices with your most important goals and your most deeply held values. He has a comprehensive process to consolidate, coordinate and simplify your financial life in a way that brings you more confidence and clarity about your future. Learn more about David here.

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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 growth in Asia and other foreign markets.

But I think this “wall of worry” is blocking investors from seeing the road ahead – and potentially the start of the next bull market.
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Greg Horstman

Greg Horstman

For the past 28 years, Greg has worked to provide clients with exceptional financial advice and strategic investment strategies. In the summer of 2009 he partnered with Craig and joined Prosperion Financial Advisors. His service and personal dedication to clients is second to none. Learn more about Greg here.

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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 uncontrollable allergic reaction rather than rational thought, the stock market reacted to spring with another sneeze. This year marks the third in a row where the S&P 500 experienced a greater-than-10% decline, a move often referred to as a “correction,” beginning in April. In the previous two years, the volatility and unease lasted into the summer months, and we believe that this is the case again this year.
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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 through historical examples a trend emerges; great innovation comes about as the result of an incentive or prize.

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Steve Booren

Steve Booren

Steve started his investment career in 1978 with the NYSE investment firm EF Hutton, working in the environment of a large investment company. Desiring to provide clients with objective investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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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, over-interpreted, and over-emphasized.

Then there are the privileged few; the “clairvoyant” investors who must know something the rest of us don’t. But are they really using a crystal ball or are they just sticking to their plan? I think their secret is a long-term perspective.
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Steve Booren

Steve Booren

Steve started his investment career in 1978 with the NYSE investment firm EF Hutton, working in the environment of a large investment company. Desiring to provide clients with objective investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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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.

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Steve Booren

Steve Booren

Steve started his investment career in 1978 with the NYSE investment firm EF Hutton, working in the environment of a large investment company. Desiring to provide clients with objective investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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