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Hold Steady as Markets Ready for Holiday Rush

With a 9% congressional approval rating – people are surprised about the Super Committee?

In reality, the U.S. budget situation and Europe will certainly continue to earn the market’s attention over the short holiday week, though focus will turn toward the upcoming Black Friday for retailers.

As for any potential downgrade, the rating agencies have indicated they will wait on a downgrade decision until the election so we don’t run into the debt ceiling issue again until then.  Also, interest rates in the United States are not likely to force a decision before the election either.

For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lost -2.94% to finish at 11,796, the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) lost -3.81% to finish at 1,216, and the Nasdaq Composite Index lost -3.97% to finish at 2,573. The Russell 2000 Index, which tracks the performance of small capitalization stocks, finished up losing -3.39% finishing at 719.

Our favorite economist, Ed Hyman just raised his 4Q 2011 Gross Domestic Product forecast from 2.0% to 3.0%.  He cites strong profits, aggressive policies by the Fed, and strong technological innovation as some of the drivers for the uptick.  From our perspective, better retail sales, high expectations for holiday sales starting this weekend, higher vehicle production, and better unemployment claims have also been a big help.

We know that these markets seem dangerous, exhausting and – I dare say – even interesting, but unless you have a change in your need for short-term liquidity, we remain firmly seated in the camp that it’s foolish to be trading this market if your original investment strategy is (and has been) positioned for an economic recovery.

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David B. Armstrong, CFA

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Dave got into the industry when he discovered his passion for finance in his mid-20’s. He’s a combat veteran and served as an officer in the United States Marines Corps on both active duty and in the reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving on active duty, Dave was unable to spend money on deployments, so he became a self-taught investor. Along with a few bucks cash as a bouncer, his investing performance grew to be good....

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