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Politically Induced Market Rollercoaster

Today’s market volatility is much different than in 2008. Then, it was about economics, today it’s mainly political. There is a huge difference- this market volatility probably won’t last long. Once our government decides to ‘get real’ and allow the people to correct this situation, we will be well on our way to prosperity again.

This to shall pass….

Index                                                   YTD 

Dow Jones Industrial Avg. (11,445)   0.26%

S&P 500 (1,199)                               -3.56% 

NASDAQ 100 (2,194)                       -0.59%

S&P 500 Growth                               -1.10%

S&P 500 Value                                  -6.10%

S&P SmallCap 600 Growth              -3.03%

S&P SmallCap 600 Value                 -8.12%

MSCI EAFE                                       -6.84%

MSCI World (ex US)                          -7.23%

MSCI World                                       -5.43%

MSCI Emerging Markets                    -8.05%

Friday, August 5, 2011

Despite the fact that the S&P 500 closed yesterday’s session at an eightmonth low of 1,200.07, the average yearend estimate from the 13 Wall Street equity strategists surveyed by Bloomberg has not budged from last month’s target of 1401. That would represent a gain of 16.75%. Forecasters believe

the current climate of strong corporate earnings warrants a higher P/E multiple than today’s 13.10 (trailing 12-mo.) and 11.99 (forward-looking). Strategists see S&P 500 earnings rising 18% in 2011 and 14% in 2012. More than 75% of the constituents in the index have exceeded their estimates this quarter.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A report issued annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed that a middle income family with a baby born in 2010 will spend an average of $226,920 on the child until he or she is 17 years old, according to DailyFinance.com. That is a 22% increase from 1960, in dollars adjusted for inflation. A recent survey from BabyCenter.com found that 60% of those mothers surveyed are worried about having enough money to raise their children. There were 4.1 million children born in the U.S. in 2009.

 

 

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