The Big Economic Hurdles Facing Younger Americans.

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Beyond the immediate concerns surrounding the EU financial crisis, The US faces significant demographic challenges as it seeks to expand our economy in the years to come.  I am providing a hyperlink to an insightful article in which the author details these challenges.

Hilighted in … Read More »


Stocks Creep Still Higher. Is There a Correction Waiting Ahead?

Posted by Mark Pettinga

The S&P 500 rose to 1,365.7 at the close of trading Friday, its highest close since June 2008. The Dow, meanwhile, rose above 13,000 a few times during the day, but closed down 0.1% at 12,983.

Consumer sentiment data showed Americans are gaining confidence, and … Read More »


Have We Seen The Top of The Market For 2012 Already?

Posted by Mark Pettinga

We’re there already — at 1360 for the S&P. That was the average year-end 2012 number forecast by the 10 Wall Street market strategists polled for Barron’s annual outlook cover feature (“Buckle Up!” Dec. 19, 2011). The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed Friday … Read More »


2012 Opened With a Bang. Where To From Here?

Posted by Mark Pettinga

So we’re back to this, are we, fighting neither the Fed nor the tape, using midday weakness in stocks to bid them higher into the close, lifting the indexes gently but persistently to a nifty start to the year and generally feeling pretty content about … Read More »