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The Debt Ceiling Dilemma: Tensions Ease, But Contention Remains

By Robert Pagliarini on January 24, 2013

Global investors watch America anxiously. In late December, the U.S. technically reached its debt ceiling of approximately $16.4 trillion, with the federal government taking what Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called “extraordinary measures” to avert a default. Even as House GOP leaders announced plans Friday to approve a three-month increase in the federal debt limit, tension…

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Snapshot Investment Outlook – January 2013

By Robert Pagliarini on January 9, 2013

Stocks shrugged off numerous worries to log a very good year in 2012. The riskiest areas were the most profitable. The bond side also saw riskier asset classes outearning traditionally safer fixed-income market sectors. Emerging-markets local-currency bonds notably gained 17%. Domestically, high-yield bonds and leveraged loans returned 15% and nearly 10%, respectfully, while investment-grade bonds…

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Why Is It Wise To Diversify?

By Robert Pagliarini on January 8, 2013

You may be amused by the efforts of some of your friends and neighbors as they try to “chase the return” in the stock market. We all seem to know a day trader or two: someone constantly hunting for the next hot stock, endlessly refreshing browser windows for breaking news and tips from assorted gurus.…

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An Investor’s 3 Best Friends

By Robert Pagliarini on December 24, 2012

Any investor would do well to call on three friends during the course of his or her financial life: diversification, patience and consistency. Regardless of how the markets perform, they should be a part of your investment philosophy. Diversification. The saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” has real value when it comes…

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Should You Ever Invest in a Timeshare?

By Robert Pagliarini on October 23, 2012

Many buyers come to regret their decisions. Thinking about buying a timeshare? You may want to think twice about it. While some people buy timeshares and love them, many question their choice after an initial honeymoon period. Years later, they realize that they have bought more than part-time use of a resort property – they…

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