Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Aftermath Of Sandy

Gauging the economic and market impact of the storm. Hurricane Sandy’s fury has exacted a considerable and tragic toll. Even with the relief efforts now underway, it will be some time before things return to normal in many communities. How has Sandy impacted Main Street, Wall Street and the broader economy? Repairing Main Street. How…
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Avoiding Financial Catastrophe

How can you prepare, financially, for a disaster? Wildfires, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, floods, earthquakes … there are many disasters, both man-made and natural, that could happen without warning. For many, preparedness is a way of life. If you’ve lived all your life on a fault line, for example, then making your home and belongings earthquake-ready…
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Big Spenders Vs. Big Savers

Who would you rather emulate?  You stand at your window and look across the street. Nice house, you think. Nice landscaping. Nice sports car. Nice driveway. New bikes for the kids. Wow, your neighbors are really well off. If only you had that kind of money. That plain home down the street with the older…
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Weekly Economic Update – Oct. 29, 2012

Q3 GDP READING SUGGESTS HEALTHIER ECONOMY The Commerce Department’s initial third quarter estimate of annualized growth – 2.0% – was better than expected. Still, it fell short of the 2.5% pace analysts feel is needed to reduce the unemployment rate. Consumer spending, defense spending and residential real estate investment were the key factors behind the…
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Important IRS Adjustments For 2013

IRAs & workplace retirement plans have higher contribution limits.  The IRS has set annual contribution limits for IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement plans higher for 2013, and made other important adjustments for inflation as well. Here is an overview of some notable changes just announced. The 2013 IRA contribution limit: $5,500. This is a $500…
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Medicare Open Enrollment For 2013

A summary of what you need to know. Medicare Open Enrollment has arrived. The open enrollment period begins October 15 and ends December 7, 2012. This is not only a period where you may enroll for the program, but also switch providers for your comprehensive health and drug coverage.1 Some key dates to remember. This…
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Weekly Economic Update – Oct. 15, 2012

OUTLOOK OF CONSUMERS BRIGHTENS AGAIN Economists weren’t expecting the University of Michigan’s preliminary October consumer sentiment survey to show a major advance – but it did. The index came in at 83.1, notably better than September’s final 78.3 mark. While the much-watched consumer gauge is still well below a “normal” reading of 100, this was…
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Will The Market Lose Momentum

Some analysts question how well stocks can perform this fall. Are fresh headwinds buffeting Wall Street? Stocks performed surprisingly well in the first three quarters of 2012, but developments in the fourth quarter are giving analysts pause. While no one sees the bulls turning tail and running, there are emerging factors that may challenge their…
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