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  • Shelton Resident Graduates from FEMA’s EMI

    burbridge gradChief Bob Burbridge, Mason Fire District #4, graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Emergency Management Basic Academy at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) on September 18, 2014. EMI has created the National Emergency Basic Academy to produce… Read More +

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  • Seattle Sends Warning Letters To Medical Pot Shops

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  • Baldwin Optimistic About Seahawks Moving Forward

    baldwinDoug Baldwin was about to board the charter bus last Friday when he got word Seattle had traded Percy Harvin. Two days later, he sat in a St. Louis locker room after one of the best games in his career answering questions about whether he was involved in a preseason scuffle with Harvin. Baldwin and the Seahawks are ready to put the Harvin conversation in the past.

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Stocks Get Crushed: Time for ‘Seahawks Portfolio?’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_b4e6de64d0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It’s been a rough week for your money. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell every day this week with stocks sliding close to 600 points, the worst week for the industrial average since November of 2011. The Dow ended Friday’s session down 318 points, falling below the 16,000 mark to close at 15,879.11. The index fell 3.5 percent this week.

The other major averages also struggled and this week. The S&P 500 fell 2 percent Friday after having its worst week since last June, and the tech-heavy NASDAQ was off more than 2 percent.

So why are stocks falling out of bed in January after going up 30 percent last year?

Investors are worried about slowing economic growth in China and a host of other emerging markets. On top of that, there are concerns about the profit picture ahead for U.S. companies and fears about what will happen to stocks now that the Federal Reserve is winding down its economic stimulus program.

Still, despite this week’s sell-off and the rough start to 2014 most analysts are telling their retail clients to sit tight.

“Retail investors should do nothing at this point,” David Lutz, managing director at Stifel Nicolaus says. He adds that folks “should not panic and sell.”

But Veracruz’s Steve Cortes warns investors that in the near term they may want to “buckle up.” He says it’s time to have a Seattle Seahawks portfolio – that means defensive. For him a defensive portfolio is one that focuses on dividend stocks and U.S.-centric businesses. He adds that “2014 won’t be a repeat of the easy ride that was 2013.”

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