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US Companies are fabulously profitable……

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​ So, you’ve heard U.S. companies are fabulously profitable and sitting on record piles of cash. It’s true. According to Moody’s Investors Service, non-financial U.S. companies had hoards of cash at the end of 2013 – about $1.64 trillion. That’s about 12 percent more than the previous year’s record-setting $1.46 trillion. Technology, healthcare/ pharmaceutical, consumer […]

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THERE’S A NEW INDEX IN TOWN…

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​ About five years ago, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council proposed a new index be developed, one that would “increase the impact that social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers can have in the world.” The general idea was the new index would measure social progress and spur competition between nations to improve […]

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What does the Future Hold?

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If you’re wondering about reality television, National Public Radio says it may be virtual reality goggles that let viewers feel as though they are part of a show or let them interact with shows. If you’re asking about astronomy, it could be finding a planet that’s ten times larger than earth orbiting our sun. Of […]

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Like a First Time Marathoner

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Some worry the U.S. stock market, like a first time marathoner, a few miles from the finish, may be getting a little wobbly. There is no denying the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has had a good run. It has gained about 172 percent since its low following the financial crisis, and its earnings have […]

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Homemade Dividends

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Retiree Income Strategies Should retirees limit their spending to the interest and dividends they receive? Ken French says investors should be indifferent to how they raise cash, whether through dividends and interest, or through the sale of shares–a method Merton Miller called “homemade dividends.”

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Inflation & Your Money

“If the current annual inflation rate is only 3.0%, why does my grocery bill seem like it’s 10% higher than last year?” Many of us ask ourselves that question, and it illustrates the importance of understanding how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments.1

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