in Context - Spring 2013

featured articles:

  • Stock Market Perspective - After the bear markets of 2000–2002 and 2008, we seem to have entered an era in which investors wonder whether a market collapse is right around every corner, even following new market highs. The S&P 500 Index achieved a new high at the end of the first quarter, closing at 1,569 after beginning the year at 1,426, but has experienced considerable volatility surrounding the events in Boston.
  • Standard & Poor's 500 Index - Within financial circles, however, the S&P 500 is considered to be a superior gauge of U.S. stock market performance because it includes more stocks and it weights stock by the value of the included companies instead of the stock prices of the constituent companies.
  • Clearing Up Misconceptions About Social Security Benefits - Should people who are receiving Social Security benefits, or who will begin to receive benefits in the next few years, be concerned that benefits will stop?
  • Perspectives - Viewpoints on improving the quality of your life; financial security and your happiness.