Author Archive | Leon LaBrecque

2nd National my Social Security Week

From July 19 – 25, Social Security will celebrate its second National my Social Security Week. Activities across the country will include email blasts, news articles, social media posts, posters and banners, registration events, and more! Why all the activity? Because a personal my Social Security account is the most convenient way for people to […]

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National my Social Security Week 2015

July 19ththrough 25thmarks the celebration of the second National my Social Security Week.  Please take this opportunity to spread the word to friends and family, about the benefits of signing up for a my Social Security account at  www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. That account will provide you with several powerful tools to ensure that you maximize your benefits from Social Security.  […]

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LJPR Summer Commentary

Summer Commentary Markets:  Global markets continued to send a mixed message through May and into June with signs of weaker global growth, combined with strong manufacturing numbers, modest acceleration in wage growth and good job numbers.  The major points from our Outlook at the beginning of the year are still on target. Given the dollar/euro […]

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Deconstructing the S&P 500

Deconstructing the S&P 500: How 36 Stocks Gave You 55% of the S&P’s Return in 2014 Like a lot of investors, I watched the S&P 500 Index do very well in 2014, especially compared to holdings in small caps, international, and emerging markets. We own the S&P 500 index as a holding and I’m happy […]

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Congress in Action

Congress in Action (err…Inaction) Alan D. Miller, CPA, PFS December 17, 2014 In a new show of bipartisanship, the lame-duck Senate finally passed the ‘temporary’ one-year extension of a hodge-podge list of about 50 tax provisions that had expired at the end of 2013.  The ‘tax extender’ package retroactively reenacts these tax deductions and credits […]

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The Michigan Alpha Project: The Ultimate ‘Made in Michigan’

The Michigan Alpha Project: The Ultimate ‘Made in Michigan’ There’s an unexpected emerging market in North America that has a market capitalization larger than either Indonesia or Thailand, and larger than Ireland and Israel combined. That emerging market is Michigan. From November 2012 to November 2013, Michigan employment rose at double the rate of U.S. […]

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Our Outlook for 2014

Happy New Year! Our Outlook for 2014 We would like to thank all our clients and friends of the firm for a terrific year. For now, the economic and political climate looks favorable. We have developed a piece detailing our 2014 Outlook, which is available on the web at ljpr.com/outlook. In it, you’ll find an […]

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The Battle of the Budget

The Battle of the Budget: Upcoming Fiscal Battles 2013-2014 It seems that the markets and the public have very short memories, with the budget and debt ceiling debacle behind us, having been effectively kicked down the road to January.  However, we have the makings of a Greek three-act drama (the allusion to Greece is intentional, […]

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Things I’m Not Surprised About

Things I’m Not Surprised About October 25, 2013.  I was watching the morning news over my cup of coffee, while the headlines were reported in the normal, startling fashion.  As I watched, it struck me how unsurprising the headlines were.  Here’s a few: ·       Angela Merkel (Prime Minister of Germany) is angry that the NSA […]

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