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Harvard’s Michael Porter Shares His Economic Outlook

Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter is a familiar name to almost anyone who has graduated from business school in the last twenty years or so.  He recently gave an interview on CNBC...

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What Are the Core Asset Classes for Total Return Portfolios?

One of the most important questions for investors and advisors is identifying a set of asset classes that will be considered for inclusion in a portfolio.  Some people will decide that all they...

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An Alternative Approach for Drawing Income from Your Portfolio

The question of how to safely generate income from a retirement portfolio is one of the most challenging in financial planning.  In the days when people had traditional pensions, their employers...

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Sector Watch: Wine, Beer, and Spirits

The stocks of companies that produce and distribute alcoholic beverages have dramatically out-performed the broader market both in recent years.  There are many factors that can lead to the...

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Financial Products are Sold, Not Bought

Critics of the financial services industry (often with good reason) frequently remind consumers that financial products are typically “sold” rather than “bought” and implore them not to fall into...

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Emerging Market Indexing

Let’s say you want to build your own stock market index fund based on the S&P 500. Easy: download a list of all the companies in the index--from 3M (MMM) to Zions Bancorp (ZION) and their market...

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The High Cost of the July 4th Cookout

Many Americans will be feeling the effects of higher commodity prices this 4th of July.

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What's Driving the Price of Oil?

Gas prices are not keeping Americans at home this Memorial Day weekend. AAA projects that 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend.

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What's Driving the Price of Oil?

There's lot’s of talk right now about the price of oil and, particularly, gasoline.  Oil is trading at more than $104 per barrel and the national average price of gasoline at the pump is $3.80. ...

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