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Economic Perspective

With Spanish bond yields once again well above 7% and Italian yields on the rise, eurozone leaders signed off on a €100 billion rescue package for Spain’s banks, while the president of the European Central Bank also pledged to do whatever is necessary to preserve the euro. Those measures might include using the region’s rescue …

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The Markets: July 2012

Reassuring words out of Europe helped equities build on the previous month’s strong gains. The Dow industrials managed to squeak over the 13,000 mark once again, and after bouncing around between roughly 1330 and 1360 for much of July, the S&P 500 finally ended the month above that range. As it has for much of …

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Natural Disaster Planning for Small Businesses

Whether your small business survives a natural disaster may depend as much (if not more) on the plans you put in place now, before a disaster occurs, as on what you do after a disaster strikes. Here are some disaster preparedness ideas for you to consider for your small business. Before the disaster Evaluate possible …

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Mid-Year Reality Check: Covering Your Bases in Uncertain Times

Imagine playing a complicated game, but the rules of the game are changing, and the new rules have yet to be announced. That’s what income tax planning is like this year. In fact, if there was ever a year to spend some quality time with your financial professional, this is it. Here are a few …

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Quarterly Economic Perspective (Q2 – 2012)

Under pressure from Italy and Spain, European Union leaders agreed that a single body–possibly the European Central Bank–should oversee banks in all 17 eurozone countries, and that details should be finalized by year’s end. Once that is in place, the current bailout fund and its replacement, the European Stability Mechanism, will be able to lend …

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