Benchmark Brief

December Fed Tapering

Dear Friends and Valued Clients, At its eighth and final meeting of the year, the Federal Reserve's (Fed's) policy making arm, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), announced that it will be scaling back its bond-buying program known as quantitative easing (QE)....

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Benchmark Brief

Dear Friends and Valued Clients, The United States and Iran have been opening up new channels to communicate and negotiate, punctuated by a phone call this week between the U.S. and Iranian Presidents, after many years of a standoff. Ironically, this historic event...

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Potential Flare-Ups

Benchmark Brief March 5, 2013 Dear Friends and Valued Clients,  We made it through the predicted Mayan apocalypse and the transition from the fourth "sun" to a fifth.  Now, scientists are warning that the sun is out to get us.  According to NASA, the sun's...

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Fiscal Cliff

In the past, the month of October has given investors a scare. This year, it is the election that comes right after Halloween that could turn into a trick or a treat for investors as Washington policymakers debate the fiscal cliff. The 2013 headwinds, often referred...

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