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U.S. equities finished lower for the second straight week as the S&P 500 declined 2.04%, narrowly escaping its worst week of the year. Under such conditions, speculation abounds; media reports focused on QE tapering and the Eurozone emerging from a protracted recession. Violent breakouts in Egypt were relatively benign in…

Domestic equities continued mostly higher last week and appear to have “shrugged off” the recent spike in bond yields. This marks the fourth straight week in which the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials were up; NASDAQ stocks didn’t do as well over the same period. But, this week has…

Many home owners pace the floors thinking of how to pay off their mortgage early, also known as prepaying. Everyone, at some point, has ostensibly been told to reduce mortgage debt as quickly as possible in order to be in a better financial position. Instinctively, we all buy in to…

A few weeks ago, tapering talks sent markets into a potential correction zone. Interest rates soared and bond prices, interest sensitive stocks and commodities fell. In spite of weak global performance, stocks are still standing and finished higher last week. As Wall Street took leave for Independence Day, volume declined…

Stocks struggled last week as economic news remained a mixed bag. With the S&P 500 declining 1.11% for the week, stocks plummeted during afternoon trading on the final session of May. Friday’s impulsive (and impressive) sell-off trimmed May’s gains and sealed the second consecutive weekly decline for U.S. equities. The…