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(all values as of April 30,2013)   Stock Indices:                  Dow Jones            14,840 S&P 500 1,598 Nasdaq                  3,329                 Bond Sector Yields:                           2 Yr Treasury                       0.22% 10 Yr Treasury                     1.70% 10 Yr Municipal                   1.74% High Yield             ...

 The commodities market reacted to the global deflationary wave that swept through international markets, with gold dropping the most in 33 years. Record trading and an unexpected slowdown in China's economic expansion sparked a market sell off, as investors were ...

Traditionally, central banks from around the world, have allocated their countries’ reserves to government bonds from other countries. In a deviation from customary practices, central banks worldwide have been actively buying gold and equities in large amounts. With rates at ...

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) is an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. The IMF on April ...

Of the various cuts that were implemented for federal programs effective March 1st, the food stamp program in the United States continues to grow, with a 70% increase in food stamp recipients since 2008, to a record 47.8 million recipients. ...

As some states improve their financial circumstances, it also poses a challenge for municipal bondholders as there is less of a demand for municipal bonds, whose interest is considered tax-free. A number of states have presented proposals to either eliminate ...

With tax season upon us, the Federal government’s ability to tax comes into full force. The dynamics of tax revenue is a combination of economic prosperity, tax rates, and the existing population of taxpayers. Ongoing discussions surrounding tax rates have ...

As some states improve their financial circumstances, it also poses a challenge for municipal bondholders as there is less of a demand for municipal bonds, whose interest is considered tax-free. A number of states have presented proposals to either eliminate ...

Record petroleum exports helped shrink the U.S. trade deficit in December to the smallest in almost three years. The trade deficit narrowed to $38.5 billion, with exports rising to $186.4 billion, and imports falling to $224.9 billion. Petroleum exports, a ...

The Department of Agriculture projected in a report released Feb 11th, that net farm income in the U.S. will reach $128.2 billion in 2013, marking the highest level since 1973, when adjusted for inflation. Since 1929, farm income has had ...

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