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Stock market confuses investors

The Dow Jones industrial average goes up one day and down the next, confusing investors. The S&P 500 closed at another all-time high Thursday, and the jobs market provided encouraging news.

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County home prices continue to rebound

Home prices in Santa Clara County continue to recover from the recession, according to MLSListings statistics.

The average sale price of single-family homes increased nearly 12 percent and the average condominium price 14.36 percent year-over-year in February.

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Realtor program seeks to assist seniors May 5-9

Seniors and the homebound residing on the Peninsula and in the South Bay may request free assistance with household tasks through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP), scheduled the week of May 5-9.

Realtors and affiliates from the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors and neighboring realtor associations offer RSVP annually to qualified seniors who cannot perform certain household tasks due to physical or financial constraints. The deadline for seniors to apply for assistance is Saturday.

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Don't overlook the risk in your investments

Investment companies and the financial media generally spend most of their time focused on returns and other benefits of the various investment opportunities they recommend.

Yet when it comes to communicating the risks associated with those investments, the industry is a lot less forthcoming, according to Larry Doyle, author of “In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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Timing the stock market proves futile

Stocks moved higher Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average within striking distance of all-time closing highs of 16,576.66 and the S&P 500 in record territory of 1,866.66. Anything above those levels would be a good reason to review your portfolio.

Of course, the bears have no shortage of reasons to be pessimistic, as they will claim that stock prices are unusually high relative to corporate earnings and stocks will suffer when profit margins revert to normal.

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Timing the stock market proves futile

Stocks moved higher Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average within striking distance of all-time closing highs of 16,576.66 and the S&P 500 in record territory of 1,866.66. Anything above those levels would be a good reason to review your portfolio.

Of course, the bears have no shortage of reasons to be pessimistic, as they will claim that stock prices are unusually high relative to corporate earnings and stocks will suffer when profit margins revert to normal.

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101 2nd Street #10, P. Wood to S. Fong for $890,000

38 3rd Street #106, Aasen Trust to S. & M. Firme for $805,000

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