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How a Monster Year for Amazon, Google and Facebook is Carrying the Stock Market

November 25, 2015, by Roland Manarin

A recent report from Goldman Sachs noted that five companies — Amazon.com, Alphabet/Google, Microsoft, Facebook and General Electric — are essentially “carrying” the stock market this year. An article originally published on Forbes reported these five companies have collective returns that account for more than the entire return of the index year-to-date. Without these five companies, the…

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What Must Be Done

November 19, 2015, by John Burke

A conference at the Mises Circle in Phoenix Ariz. on Nov. 7 featured a panel of guest speakers offering many unconventional but executable solutions for fixing our country’s ills. Issues discussed during the 40-minute panel discussion included: Cyber security; how we might fix it and promote freedom at the same time; Suggestions for fixing our…

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It’s the Domestic Spending; Stupid

November 18, 2015, by Dave Blair

The U.S. budget has been in deficit since the early 2000s. And now, insanely complicated rules have made it seemingly impossible to ever balance the budget again during our lifetimes. What is the culprit for this continued, insurmountable deficit? Many blame spending on the Mideast wars. However, First Trust Portfolios Chief Economist Brian Wesbury shares…

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Put it in a Letter

November 13, 2015, by Manarin Investment Counsel

Actor Lee Marvin once said, “As soon as people see my face on a movie screen, they [know] two things: first, I’m not going to get the girl, and second, I’ll get a cheap funeral before the picture is over.” 1 Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about their own funeral, and yet…

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Fiscal Responsibility May be Creeping into our Government

November 10, 2015, by John Burke

An article by Rachel L. Sheedy, recently published by Kiplinger.com, explains recent changes to two popular Social Security strategies that enable married couples to boost their benefits. The strategies that will be changed — the file and suspend strategy as well as the strategy for restricting an application — are due to the Bipartisan Budget…

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

November 9, 2015, by Roland Manarin

I recently watched an episode called “Outlaw Money” from the popular 1950s television series “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” In the episode, Robin Hood and his gang make fake money to feed the poor, which accidentally creates trouble for Friar Tuck. I thought I’d share it with you, because it reminded me of what’s happening…

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