BCGS Newsletter 05/2012

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Market Commentary

Most of the economic news released during the past few weeks pointed toward slow but steady progress in the U.S. economy, despite some market volatility that was attributed to news out of the Federal Reserve. Markets rallied based on a Ben Bernanke speech that suggested the economy was not out of the woods yet and that quantitative easing remained an option if things worsened. Markets also collapsed on the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee, which indicated that the economy was stronger than the Fed had anticipated and offered no hints that more quantitative easing was being considered.

Securing Your Portfolio

There are a number of ways you can protect your portfolio and your financial well being. Chief among them are insurance, estate planning and protection from identity theft. While nobody likes to talk about insurance (except, of course, those who sell it), some individuals should protect themselves with some basic policies. Here are a few examples.

U.S. Stocks and Bonds Before and After Taxes

Even though investors don’t always realize it, taxes can have a dramatic effect on an investment portfolio, especially in today’s relatively uncertain tax environment. The tax law enacted in December 2010 was only intended to last for two years, and new changes may be effected in 2013.

Download Full Version here: News from BCG Securities May 2012

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