• This post is for all the gardeners out there! This time of year, we’re excited about combining our love of gardens with our love of prize giveaways. Whether you’re new to the gardening game or have years of experience in the backyard, this contest is for you.

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  • Summer has arrived! Keeping your kids occupied and off the couch can be a difficult task. Here are five lifesaving backyard activities that are easy and fun for everyone!

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  • In recent months, my wife and I have been on the hunt for a house. Fortunately the search is over, but in the course of looking for our dream home, we were treated to a few – shall we say – interesting approaches to decorating. These screaming, shrieking examples of what NOT to do,...

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Market Update – Negative Yield on TIPS Shows Faith in Fed

Market Update – Negative Yield on TIPS Shows Faith in Fed

Yesterday, treasuries took a dive following the 5 year TIPS (inflation-indexed treasuries) auction and have continued falling ahead of today’s 2 year Treasury note auction. The TIPS auction resulted in a negative yield for the first time in U.S. history. This means that investors are willing to pay the government for the privilege of having the Treasury keep their principal safe.

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Market Update – Dollar Falls Following G20 Talks

Market Update – Dollar Falls Following G20 Talks

The dollar weakened after the Group of 20 nations agreed over the weekend to avoid “competitive devaluation” of their currencies. In other news, Treasuries are higher this morning ahead of the home sales and manufacturing data. Some of the key releases slated for the week include the new and existing home sales reports, consumer confidence and GDP. Also, the Treasury is scheduled to auction another $109 billion this week.

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Market Update – Weak Beige Book Report Will Strengthen Expectations of QE2

Market Update – Weak Beige Book Report Will Strengthen Expectations of QE2

In economic news today, the weekly mortgage application index showed a decline in applications by 10.5% from the prior week. Later today, the Fed will release its Beige Book survey of the economy. Another weak Beige Book report will further strengthen expectations for the FOMC to announce a new quantitative easing program at its next meeting in two weeks.

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