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When policies are anti-growth, sell the rallies and buy the dips

The equity markets are generally forward-looking. That’s why you have price movements that seem incompatible with the latest economic (backward-looking) data. The equity market today, as seen through the eyes of the S&P 500, has been flirting with all-time highs while the economic data indicate that the economy continues on feeble legs. So, just as the “forward-looking” market has predicted 25 of the last 8 recessions, so too, it can …Read More

Why dividend growth is important for young workers

Originally published on Marketwatch.com’s website http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-dividend-growth-is-important-for-young-workers-2015-01-09?dist=countdown Young people entering the workforce should start contributing to their retirement plans as soon as possible. They need to invest early and save frequently. When investing in stocks, it’s important to understand the role that cash dividends play. Over long time frames, dividends have been responsible for more than 40% of the total return of some of the major indexes. Dividend paying stocks also …Read More

Understanding your 401k plan

Ever since the Revenue Act of 1978, when the 401k plan was established by congress, 401k plans have played a major role in most Americans retirement planning. Even though over 60 million employees take advantage of their employer’s retirement plan, a surprising number don’t fully understand some of the important details in how their plans work. A study done by AARP found that 83 percent of plan participants don’t know …Read More