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  1. The strongest 2 weeks of the year

    by , 12-18-2011 at 09:48 PM (TSP Talk Blog)

    12/19/11

    Once again stocks opened strongly on Friday, only to see the gains nearly disappear, and in the case of the Dow, completely disappear.

    The indices were mixed as we actually saw big gains in the Dow Transportation Index, strong gains in the small caps, and modest gains in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Only the Dow couldn't hold onto a gain as it lost 2-points on the day.

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  2. Looking For Santa

    by , 12-17-2011 at 06:33 PM (Coolhand's Market Analysis)
    Our sentiment survey was decidedly bullish for the coming week, which kept the system in a sell condition. And both groups reflect that sentiment.

    Here's the charts:

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    The Top 50 increased their allocation by 7.74%. So it appears they are buying the dip and hoping seasonality takes this market higher in the end of the year. This group still remains below a total 50% stock allocation. The ...

    Updated 12-19-2011 at 04:34 PM by coolhand

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  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    by , 12-17-2011 at 06:31 PM (TSP Talk Blog)

    12/17/11

    Bullish seasonality starts

    Stocks lost ground last week and it has been interesting to see how the days played out. We saw mostly good economic reports that sent stocks higher in the early trading, yet by the close investors were selling. As we'll discuss below, historical seasonality was bearish last week, but this week things start to change.



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  4. Can I keep my health benefits if I resign from government?

    by , 12-16-2011 at 07:49 PM
    By Ohmygov.com's Bureaupat



    Dear Bureaupat,

    I enjoy my federal job but my boss has made my government experience a nightmare. I have some money in savings and a solid idea for my own business but want to ensure that I can maintain my family's health care coverage until I get things stable. When I resign can I keep my government health benefits?

    Dear Entrepreneur,
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  5. Ratings Downgrades Continue

    by , 12-16-2011 at 05:50 PM (Coolhand's Market Analysis)
    A funny thing happened as Fitch downgraded several major financial banks to include Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. The financial sector rallied. It ended the trading day up about 0.5% overall.

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    After hours, the downgrades continued with Moody's dropping Belgium two notches to Aa3.

    Earlier in the day, the consumer price index in November was released and showed no change. Economists were looking for a 0.1% increase. Excluding ...
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