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Heading North: Interest Rates

Published: December 7, 2009 2:19:46 pm 938 Views

The Federal Reserve has famously lowered interest rates to the lowest they've ever been to help avert an implosion of the international financial system. Now that the crisis has passed its zenith, and in combination with the explosion of federal deficits, interest rates have only one way to go: up. At the same time, investors have flocked to safety amidst stock market turmoil and bond mutual funds have been receiving record inflows. As interest rates rise, many of these popular bond funds wil...

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Estate Taxes: Good New for 99% of Americans

Published: December 7, 2009 2:07:21 pm 867 Views

Back in 2001 Congress passed a law to make estate taxes vanish by 2010 and then come roaring back in 2011. Faced with a loss of revenues in 2010 (Congress hates that) and the return of high estate taxes in 2011 (widows & orphans hate that), it was a story without a happy ending for anyone. Last week the US House of Representatives passed a bill that will "permanently" extend the estate tax at a top rate of 45% but with an important exemption: individual estates up to $3,500,000 ($7,000,000 f...

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Hey Analysts - What Were You Thinking?

Published: December 4, 2009 2:56:53 pm 864 Views

The big news this morning is the much lower than expected job losses in the US economy: only 11,000 jobs lost last month, where analysts had expected well over 100,000. This is one more piece of slowly accumulating evidence that the economy is well on the way out of recession. The financial crisis of the last year was a crisis of confidence. Confidence is returning - and with it you will continue to see financial markets respond.

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The Bond King's Latest Advice

Published: December 4, 2009 1:57:16 am 888 Views

The world's biggest bond fund manager, Pimco's Bill Gross, issued his December newsletter this week. The title, "Anything but 0.1%, refers to the national average yield for money market funds. Mr. Gross describes the tough environment for savers right now. Money markets yield 0.1%, one year CD's average 1%, and two-year Treasuries yield less than 0.75%! What is a conservative investor to do for income needs? Mr. Gross describes what Pimco has recently been buying for income in one v...

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Credit for Homebuyers who Trade Up/Trade Down

Published: December 2, 2009 6:50:36 pm 936 Views

In addition to extending the tax credit available to first-time homebuyer's the IRS has now expanded the program to existing homeowners. The qualifications are as follows:

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Welcome to our Brighton Securities blog!

Published: December 2, 2009 2:01:26 pm 1297 Views

Welcome to our Brighton Securities blog! We're looking forward to the opportunity to post useful information, economic and market observations, and other items of potential interest. You'll also find regular updates from our Tax & Accounting department to stay informed of changes to laws that will affect you - and you can expect to see a lot of change in federal and state tax policy over the next 18 months.

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Welcome to Brighton Securities

Published: November 18, 2009 4:56:29 pm 936 Views

Brighton Securities is a local, independently owned stock brokerage and financial services firm that was established in 1969. We've been the same company, had the same name, been at the same location in Rochester, New York, ever since--which makes us pretty unique in the financial world. For 40 years, we've worked with thousands of clients--many of whom continue on with us even though they've moved from the area. We're also delighted by the number of our clients' children and even grandchildren-...

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We provide advice and direction that comes not just from market expertise and experience, but from listening to you, our client. We place you at the center of your financial plan.

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