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Wall Street Steward Blog

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Take a Deep Breath

Hi folks…I know you are scared. You are scared about the government shutdown, and what it might mean for your money. How do I know this? Well, lets just say that managing money for over 400 families helps me keep my proverbial finger on the pulse of mainstream America.

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Quarterly "Sweet Spot"

This week marks the end of the period leading up to the deadlines for oil-related sanctions on Iran, for the countries in Europe to ratify the permanent bailout fund known as the European Stability Mechanism, and for the Supreme Court to rule on the Affordable Care Act. This week also marks a beginning. It is the start of a six-week period that has been the best for the stock market in each quarter of recent years.

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Stocks' Sweet Sixteen

It has been a sweet sixteen weeks for the S&P 500.  The broad stock market index has only had three down weeks out of the past sixteen.  There has not been a sixteen-week period with fewer weeks of losses in over 20 years – since the period ending September 1, 1989!

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Following The Path

Just seven weeks into 2012 and the markets are off to a strong start. The stock market, measured by the S&P 500, has posted a high single-digit gain for the year, and the S&P 500 index is around 1,350. Sound familiar?

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2012 Outlook: Meeting in the Middle

Recently we have experienced a market of extremes. In 2012, finding a middle ground, or Meeting in the Middle, is going to be key for growth in the markets and economy. Consumer sentiment, business leaders, policymakers and geopolitics are going to have significant impact on the investment environment. We believe that: