Benchmark Bulletin – December 2012

December is fascinating when you think about it.  Shopping, holiday parties, more shopping, tieing up loose ends, making plans for next year and a little more shopping. We seem to get a heck of a lot done in December.  Although this is a time for giving, set aside a little time and mental “shelf space” – put some thought into what you want and need to do next year.We are truly fortunate for the relationships we have with our clients and value each and every one of you. Our sincerest thanks and warmest holiday wishes go out to you and your loved ones. Thank you for your continued trust and confidence.“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to pursue your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”
— D.M. Dellinger


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This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax or investment advice.  We suggest that you discuss your specific tax and investment situation with qualified tax and investment professionals. No strategy assures success.The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing.
Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2012.