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Kim Butler

Partners for Prosperity, Inc.

City:Mt. Enterprise

State: TX

I have 20+ years of handling alternative investments in cash, growth and income for clients nationwide.  I strive to help my clients with all things financial in every way possible over the phone and the web.  I own an alpaca farm which I enjoy working during my downtime.  I also enjoy gardening, writing and reading books.  I also train other advisors on Prosperity Economics.

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News Analysis for the Investor - September 1, 2011

Confidence levels of affluent investors lowest in a year

The Spectrem Affluent Investor Confidence Index (SAICI) which measures the attitudes of households with $500,000 to $1,000,000 of investable assets was at its lowest point in a year at the end of August falling 9 points to a -18 which is a bearish rating.  The Spectrem Millionaire  Investor Confidence Index (SMICI) fell 4 points to a -9, which is neutral but close to bearish.  Investors, in an open ended question, blamed the Political Environment (28 percent) for their dismal attitudes.  Only 10 percent blamed Unemployment levels, as reported by

Dow up modestly, followed by Asia, but European markets are down

The Dow was up 53 points on Wednesday, closing at 11,613, due to positive reports on manufacturing.  Factory orders were up, according to the Associated Press.  The Dow's closing number put the Dow back into a positive position for the year, up .3 percent, despite the dramatic drops in August.  Asian stocks were positive on Thursday but European stocks and Dow futures have dropped still plagued by European sovereign debt discussions.

Groupon down 50 percent since June

Perhaps plagued by the summer vacation season, or challenged by the growing list of competitors, the traffic to Groupon is down 50 percent since June, according to USA TodayThis is a challenge for Groupon which is scheduled to go public in the near future.  It is important to remember, however, that overall the site is still up 179 percent compared to a year ago.

Hulu goes to Japan

The popular video streaming site Hulu announced it has formed a joint mobile marketing venture with Japan's NTT DoCoMo to provide a subscription video service in Japan, as reported by the Associated Press.  The service will initially only provide American movies and shows but will be expanded in the next few months to include Japanese and other international titles.

Unemployment rate falls in most U.S. cities in July

USA Today reports that the unemployment rate fell in more U.S. cities in July than those in which it increased.  Yuma, AZ reported the largest increase in unemployment while California had the largest number of cities reporting an increase.  Overall the U.S. added 117,000 net jobs in July.


Justice Department blocks ATT purchase of T-Mobile

The Justice Department filed suit on Wednesday in an effort to prevent ATT's purchase of T-Mobile.  The merger represents the combination of the 2nd and 4th largest wireless carriers.  The Justice Department, according to the Associated Press, feels the merger will limit consumer choice.  The parties feel that T-Mobile may not be around much longer due to the competitive environment, and feel that the merger is actually a benefit for T-Mobile and ATT customers.  The Federal Communications Commission has yet to comment on the merger, but is unlikely to contradict the opinion of the Justice Department.