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The BlogNotions Finance Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by finance and accounting thought leaders. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the latest trends in the market, discussions of financial performance strategy, new ideas for communicating, raising capital, and controlling funds, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

Notes on the Fed Announcements

Photo Credit: City of Boston Archives ========================== Listening to the Fed Chair’s press conference, there was one thing where I disagreed with what Powell was saying.  He said a few times that they only made one decision at the FOMC meeting, that of raising the Fed Funds rate and the reverse repo rate by 0.25%.  […]

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Just Don’t Invert the Yield Curve

Photo Credit: Brookings Institution ================================ Jerome Powell is not an economist, and as such, has the potential to try to remake the way the Fed does monetary policy.  Rather than hold onto outmoded ideas ideas like the Phillips Curve, which may have made sense when the US was a more insular economy, there are better […]

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Why I Like Foreign Small Cap ETFs

Photo Credit: amanda tipton || It may not be foreign, and not an ETF, but it IS a small cap ====================== This should be a short post.  When I like a foreign market because it seems cheap (blood running in the streets), I sometimes buy a small cap ETF or closed-end fund rather than the […]

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Estimating Future Stock Returns, December 2017 Update

The future return keeps getting lower, as the market goes higher ================= Jeff Bezos has a saying, “Your margin is my opportunity.”  He has found ways to eat the businesses of others by providing the same goods and services at a lower cost.  Now, that makes Amazon more productive and others less productive.  The same […]

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Getting a Job in Insurance

Photo Credit: Boston Public Library Well, I never thought I would get this question, but here it is: Thank you for your dedication to your blog. I was wondering if you have any skill development advice for recent graduates to gain a job in insurance – is technical or programming skills the most important or […]

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Lost Exemptions, Part 1

My desk is covered with files but I wanted to hit on something I am getting a lot of questions from clients about. And I will keep it as simple as I can. Clients are asking me if it is true that their standard deduction almost doubled. Yes it did. Does that mean they will […]

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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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