Federal Reserve: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate of maximizing employment while fostering a stable price environment. Its primary tool to accomplish these tasks is its interest rate policy. Theoretically, by lowering interest rates in times of high unemployment, the Federal Reserve is thought to be able to stimulate the economy such that unemployment declines over [...]

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U.S. Debt Downgrade: Blame Congress, Not Standard & Poor’s

Deven Sharma, President of ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, announced late-Monday that he will be leaving the company at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Citibank COO Douglas Peterson. This comes on the heels of the company’s downgrade of the United States’ debt rating in early-August. Standard & Poor’s was the [...]

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You Just Got a $500 “Tax Cut”, Did You Notice?

I realize that it has been a very stressful couple of weeks for investors.  The markets have been schizophrenic, consumer confidence is at a 30-year low and our so called “leaders” inWashington D.C.are clueless about how to help (hint: they can’t).  Nevertheless, there is still some good news to be had if you look hard [...]

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Market Volatility is GOOD for DRIP Investors

If you are like many of the investors that I work with on a daily basis, last week’s market volatility was probably enough to send you scurrying for a dose of Dramamine.  If, however, you are like many good DRIP investors who focus on long-term investing and dollar-cost averaging into stocks, you should hope for [...]

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How the Kraft Foods Breakup Will Affect Shareholders

On August 4th, Kraft Foods (KFT) announced plans to split the company into two independent publicly traded companies. The planned transaction, expected to be completed by year-end 2012, will involve a tax free spin-off of the company’s North American Grocery business to KFT shareholders. The split will create two companies with very different strategic priorities, [...]

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Welcome to our New Website!

We would like to welcome you to the new and improved FirstShare.com. Since our beginning 20 years ago, our membership base and popularity have gained tremendously. We have helped thousands of beginning, and experienced, investors avoid expensive brokerage trading fees and get started in the direct investing and dividend reinvestment programs of some of the [...]

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