April 17, 2014

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Agriculture Stocks 2014

All Star Charts shows coming into 2014, stocks were generally an asset class that we wanted to avoid on an absolute basis, but since commodities had essentially become the forgotten asset class, we felt it was where we preferred to be.

Now, within that commodities space, the strength has really come from the agricultural names rather than the base metals. Look at the chart below that shows the year-to-date performance of the Ags vs the Base metals:

Agriculture Stocks 2014

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April 15, 2014

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Federal Revenues and Spending

Federal Revenues and Spending National Priorities reports today President Obama released his sixth budget proposal, requesting $3.9 trillion in fiscal year 2015. His proposal would relieve sequestration cuts by adding back $56 billion in discretionary spending next year in an “Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.” The new spending would be evenly split between military and […]

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April 14, 2014

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Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug, a newly discovered security vulnerability that puts users’ passwords at many popular Web sites at risk, has upended the Web since it was disclosed earlier this week. It’s an extremely serious issue, and as such, there’s a lot of confusion about the bug and its implications as you use the Internet. What […]

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April 9, 2014

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Nasdaq April 2014

Chart of the Day shows Tech stocks have corrected significantly over the past month. As a result the tech-laden Nasdaq is currently down over 5% from its March 5th peak. For some perspective, today’s chart illustrates the overall trend of the stock market (as measured by the Nasdaq Composite) since 2000. As today’s chart illustrates, […]

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April 9, 2014

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When saving for 10 years pays more than saving for 40

Save from 21 to 30, then stop. You will have a bigger pension than a saver who starts at 30 and stop at 70. The miracle of compound interest, Einstein’s ‘eighth wonder of the world’ Which will give you a bigger pension: saving for 40 years or just 10? Believe it or not, the answer […]

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April 2, 2014

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Global Tactical Asset Allocation March 2014

The March update of Global Asset Classes shows value stocks both Large and Small Cap are leading the average 1, 3, 6, and 12 month moving averages. Global Tactical Asset Allocation March 2014 Data Source: Yahoo Finance - Data pulled from Yahoo Finance Historical Daily Prices Adjusted Closing Prices (adjusted for dividends and splits). The chart […]

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April 2, 2014

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Starbucks – Up to 20 Free Bonus Stars for My Starbucks Rewards

Starbucks – Up to 20 Free Bonus Stars for My Starbucks Rewards Starbucks is offering Up to 20 Free Bonus Stars for My Starbucks Rewards when the promo codes below are entered: Click here Enter two star codes from the following list (each code good for 5 Stars): MCATALINH, MCATALINM, MCATALINL,MCATALINK Log into your existing account or sign up for a […]

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March 26, 2014

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Where Would Winter Temperatures Place Your City in the US?

After bitter cold shocked the Northeast, ice encrusted the South, snow blanketed the Midwest and drought persisted in the West, many of the nation’s largest cities experienced weather this winter that was more typical of other locations. The cold weather this winter had a significant impact on heating costs with the greatest effect on propane […]

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March 24, 2014

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Working Poor

Wonkblog explains ”The Wealthy Hand-to-Mouth,” by economists at Princeton and New York University, finds that roughly one-third of American households — 38 million of them — are living a paycheck-to-paycheck existence. These are families who hold little to no liquid wealth from cash, savings or checking accounts. But a staggering two-thirds of these households are not […]

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March 24, 2014

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US federal budget

The Economist provides a visual of how the US federal budget has changed over the years: Economix shows since 2009, as outlays rose to meet the deepest recession since the Depression, including automatic stabilizers and stimulus.  Since then, outlays have fallen, adjusting for inflation and population growth.  From 2009 to 2013, they’re down 12 percent; compared […]

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