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    On Saturday, May 18, Security First Advisors held a free ‘green’ shred, electronics recycle and ‘ask the organizer’ event. If you were one of the clients who came by and dropped off paper or electronics we would like to thank you for your participation. In all, we learned that in your efforts to offload in […]

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    Weekly YTD 12 month 3-May-13 26-Apr-13 % Change % Change % Change S&P 500 Index 1,614.42 1,582.24 2.03% 13.20% 17.92% Dow Jones Industrial Average 14,973.96 14,712.55 1.78% 14.27% 14.85% Nasdaq Composite 3,378.63 3,279.26 3.03% 11.89% 14.28% Russell 2000 954.42 935.25 2.05% 12.37% 20.53% MSCI EAFE (International) 1,749.86 1,729.64 1.17% 9.09% 16.37% 10 Year U. S. […]

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    We are now just past halfway through earnings season, as 269 of the 500 S&P 500 constituents have reported results… Our economy and the corporate earnings picture remains in slow growth mode.  Of the companies that have released results so far, earnings have grown at about 3.8%, year-over-year, according to Standard & Poor’s.  It’s not […]

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    Another tax day is behind us.  Here are some interesting facts and misconceptions behind our tax code… 1)  The saying “The only constant is change” applies to taxes as well. Our current federal tax policy is complex. It contains around four million words and there are over 400 tax forms on the IRS’s website. It […]

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    In the first quarter, the U.S. stock markets led the world.  Large cap stocks, represented by the S&P 500 index of large company stocks gained 10.03% for the quarter and celebrated a new closing high of 1,569.19 on the last trading day of the quarter. The broad-based EAFE index of larger companies in developed economies […]

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    NEW YORK – Everybody knows that January predicts the stock market’s direction for the year and that the best time to sell stocks is at their spring peak. And among stock market experts, it’s a sure bet that the market will soar in the year before an election. But what passes for stock market wisdom […]

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    Many of you reading this will be surprised to discover that 2012 was a great year to be an investor. Amid the unhappy headlines, anxiety over America’s finances, a highly-partisan presidential election, worries about the Eurozone and the potential for recession, stocks quietly rewarded patient investors with double-digit gains. The year started off with dire […]

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    We’re hearing a lot about the fiscal cliff in this post-election time period, and surprisingly, considering the angry partisanship of the campaign, some of the news is encouraging. The White House and Congressional leaders, elected officials from both sides of the aisle, are saying that they believe they can reach agreement before the end of […]

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    One piece of uncertainty is behind us, and other pieces of uncertainty now come into focus. Indeed, we know that President Obama will continue to serve our country as President for the next four years. We also know that the Senate has become more Democratic, yet not enough to avoid filibusters. You need a two-thirds […]

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    On September 13, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed would undertake a new program to stimulate the U.S. economy–and the move was immediately dubbed “QE3” by pundits and columnists. But what, exactly, is it, and how is QE3 likely to affect you and the rest of us? “QE,” stands for “quantitative easing,” […]

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