Q2 Market Statistics – 2011

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After strong first-quarter gains in the stock markets, it was mostly downhill from there. Following April’s year-to-date highs, when the Russell 2000 hit its highest level on record, week after week of declines battered all four U.S. indices. However, a rally in June’s final week left the Dow industrials the only one of the four …

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Month in Review (May)

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that economic growth slowed during the first quarter from 3.1% in Q4 to 1.8%. Despite 244,000 new jobs, the unemployment rate edged upward to 9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Higher food and energy costs pushed up the annual consumer inflation rate to 3.2%–the highest level …

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May 2011 Market Snapshot

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Market/Index 2010 Close Prior Month As of 5/31 Month Change YTD Change DJIA 11577.51 12810.54 12569.79 -1.88% 8.57% NASDAQ 2652.87 2873.54 2835.30 -1.33% 6.88% S&P 500 1257.64 1363.61 1345.20 -1.35% 6.96% Russell 2000 783.65 865.29 848.30 -1.96% 8.25% Global Dow 2087.44 2255.22 2178.04 -3.42% 4.34% Fed. Funds .25% .25% .25% 0 bps 0 bps 10-year …

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Market update: Eye on the Month Ahead (June 11)

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Investors who sold in May and went away will get to see whether they guessed right as the Fed heads into the last month of its QE2 bond purchases; the rest will be trying to gauge how well the economy will fare without that support. Europe’s ongoing dilemma about its weaker members’ finances will reinforce …

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401(k) Corner – No Free Lunch

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401(k) Corner – No Free Lunch While most plan sponsors understand the underlying investment expenses of their mutual funds, many have an erroneous belief that they don’t pay administrative costs. Somebody is paying for the expense; they probably don’t know it. Bundled vs. Unbundled Providers There are three separate services that all 401(k) and Profit …

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