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    “No liability without controls.” Those were the words of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in mid-June. Four simple but meaningful words. What did she mean by it? Simply, she was telling Europe that Germany is unwilling to accept the liabilities of other countries unless Germany has some level of control over the policies and activities of […]

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    Unless Congress takes action, it’s not just the “rich” who will see higher tax bills The so-called Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. While you may already know that, you may not fully understand what’s in store for you and your family. Here’s what to expect. Higher Tax […]

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    We’re hearing a lot about the Facebook initial public offering. Later this week, investors will have the opportunity to pay between $28 and $35 a share to own a piece of the addictive social networking service. People everywhere are clamoring to get at least a few of the 337.5 million shares that will be offered […]

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    We are about a week into Q1 earnings season, and outlining the trends we’re seeing seems timely. The feeling is 2012 will likely be a year of still positive economic growth as well as positive, yet slowing, earnings growth. Wall Street analysts, usually a somewhat optimistic bunch, have been tempering down their expectations for almost […]

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    We know that knowledge is power, so in recognition of National Financial Literacy Month we are sharing a few bits of it that we like. As we consider the market this week, and a few possible life/money transitions you, or someone you know, might be facing, it might be helpful to have a few resources […]

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    It’s spring, and with it comes a new on-line look for SFA as well as fresh perspectives for the firm. We invite you to pursue our new website. Our goal was to create an easily navigated uniform site that presents our mission without overwhelming. Over the past year we have collected feedback from you, streamlined […]

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    Some changes have already happened, some will happen this year if Congress doesn’t act, and then there’s next year…none of them will lower your tax bill… Already Gone–The first five items to watch expired at the end of 2011: 1. The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Patch-going forward, this could mean millions will pay the AMT […]

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    The path to an all-time high for Dow maybe bumpy–the coast is far from clear… Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000, the first time since May 2008, four months before the financial crisis. Now that the Dow Jones industrial average has closed above 13,000, an all-time high is in […]

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    Market Brief: A Done Deal…Again. In a last minute deal, European Finance Ministers and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to give Greece another round of bailout loans aimed at avoiding what would have likely been a default in March. The bailout total is about $170 billion, a heavy price to pay to bail out […]

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    Hello, We are in the heart of income tax season, any W2 earned income statements were due January 31st. You should have received yours by now, however, ┬áhe deadline for 1099 mailings is February 28th. As you begin to tackle your 2011 tax returns please note the below dates to help you plan accordingly. As […]

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