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Beat the Fear of Investing at Record Highs

For the next six weeks our advisors will explore different aspects of investor behavior and the effect it can have on a portfolio. First, I want to concentrate on investment time frames, and how a timeline might be the best guard against irrational fears of investing at a “top”.

Take a glimpse at the market over the past few weeks and there’s no indication that our country is still grappling with the “Great Recession”. The stock market is in record territory (as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard and Poor’s 500) and recent gains propelled these indexes to their highest levels since 2007.

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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 unbiased investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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How to Go Paperless with LPL Financial

If you are interested in reducing the amount of LPL Financial and shareholder correspondence you receive in the mail, here are some helpful instructions for going paperless.

Please contact us if you currently do not have online access to your accounts through Account View or WealthVision™. We will gladly set you up to view your accounts online.

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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 unbiased 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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Volatility is the New Norm

Can you believe 2012 is half over? Wow, time moves fast.

As the books close on the second quarter of 2012 I’m comforted by a modest gain in most of the broad market indexes, but investors are learning to understand one thing: volatility is the new norm.

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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 unbiased investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve 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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Perspective is Everything

The daily noise of stock updates and news can be confusing. Rather than educating investors, it can distract and mislead those who pay too much attention to it. That’s especially true in today’s global economy and markets.

I’ve been an advisor for over 34 years in a variety of markets and circumstances. All those years gave me a slightly different perspective than a typical investor. I’ve seen the cyclical nature of the market first hand, so I try not to get caught up in the latest and greatest on CNBC.

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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 unbiased investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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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 unbiased investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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Reflections About Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and for many it signifies the official start to summer.  Originally called Decoration Day, the true meaning of Memorial Day is not burgers by the pool, but to remember and honor those men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. Officially declared by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, Memorial Day can trace its roots back to the Civil War and the remembrance of Union soldiers.

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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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