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  The Robinson Report           A quick and simple weekly market performance report.
Monday, December 03, 2007

 

 
Week in review:   
  • The Markets  –  After three weeks of heavy (panic?) selling in the equity markets, stocks posted the biggest two-day rally in five years on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping the Dow to end the week up 3.05 percent at 13,371.72. The S&P rose 2.81 percent to 1,481.14, and the NASDAQ gained 2.48 percent to finish the week at 2,660.96.

  • Even Better – The economy did even better than thought in the third quarter of 2007. The Commerce Department last week revised its gross domestic product reading from the 3.9 percent initially reported to 4.9 percent. The revised figure, attributed to strong exports and business inventory build-up, met economist forecasts.

  • Costly Caregiving – Caregivers of aging or ailing parents or spouses spend an average of $8,728 a year on out-of-pocket expenses – more than the average American household spends on health care and entertainment combined, according to a survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercase, a division of the UnitedHealth Group. That amounts to roughly 10 percent of their household income, with the most common caregiver expenses being food, transportation, medical co-payments and medicines, clothing and home repair or maintenance. Caregivers spend less on leisure activities, vacations and major purchases or home improvements to cover the costs.

  • Bride and Joy - Born between 1977 and 1996, peaking in 1990, the echo boom generation is beginning to pour in masse into the workforce. If we can put up with their special quirks, they may just be the next big innovators. Barrowing a title from the WSJ, "Younger Folks’ Narcissism May Enliven the Workplace", please read on.

  • Top Ten Percent – It takes an adjusted gross income of $103,912 (i.e., approximately $2,000 per week) to rank in the top 10 percent of individual income tax returns (Source: IRS, BTN Research).

  • Stocks and Fed Policy – Since the end of 1973, the S&P 500 has gained 17 percent on an annualized basis during periods of expansive monetary policy (i.e., falling interest rates) and has gained 5 percent during periods of restrictive monetary policy (i.e., rising interest rates). The Fed has lowered interest rates twice since Sept. 18, 2007, and next meets on Dec. 11, 2007 (Source: CFA Institute,   BTN Research).

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% change in week ending 11/30/07

S&P500

2.81

US Lg Val (Russell 1000 Value)

3.02

US Sm (Russell 2000)

1.69

Intl (EAFE)

3.04

Intl Sm (EAFE Small)

2.92

3-5yr Govt (Bloomberg)

0.42

 

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% change

Bloomberg Silicon Valley Index

Last 12 months

13.44 

YTD

14.74  

Last 5 sessions

2.06  

 

 

% change

Global Hedge Fund Index  (11/28/07)

Last 12 months

6.29

YTD

3.97

Last 5 days

(0.04)

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Portfolio Performance is calculated by the Bloomberg Professional System on a total return basis. Current portfolio allocations

 

Important Performance Disclosure Information

Asset Class returns are represented by market indexes that are unmanaged baskets of securities. Investors cannot directly invest in market indexes. Foreign securities involve additional risks, including foreign currency changes, political risks, foreign taxes and different methods

of accounting and financial reporting.

Portfolio Performance is the total return of seven unique asset allocation strategies that seek to fit the distinct needs of different investor goals, risk tolerance levels and investment time horizon. Each portfolio contains up to 16 individual funds totaling over 4000 securities, managed by OppenheimerFunds. The portfolios are designed to create efficient diversification through the selection of mutual funds that may have a  low correlation between asset classes. The purpose of these tables and charts is for you to follow specific market indexes, observe asset class rotation and to compare actual portfolio returns net of management fees. Asset allocation strategy is available here.   


Performance quoted is past performance and cannot guarantee comparable future results. Performance figures reflect reinvestment of distributions and changes in net asset value (NAV). Investment return and principal value will vary so that you may have a gain or loss when you sell shares. The contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) on Class C is 1%. No CDSC will be imposed on redemptions of Class C shares following one year from date shares were purchased. Performance shown does not include applicable CDSC, which would have reduced performance.

 

Before investing in any of the OppenheimerFunds, investors should carefully consider a fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. The fund's prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. Read prospectuses carefully before investing.      

S&P 500 - Standard & Poor's 500 Index (not including dividends) - generally considered a U.S. Large Growth company market index.

Russell 1000 Value Index (US Lg Val) - generally considered a U.S. Large Value company market index.

Russell 2000 Index (US Sm)- generally considered a U.S. Small company market index.

EAFE - EAFE Index (Intl) (not including dividends) Europe, Australia, Far East and generally considered a large company international market index.

EAFE Sm - EAFE Small Index (Intl Sm) (not including dividends) Europe, Australia, Far East and generally considered a small company international market index.

Bloomberg Silicon Valley Index - market index of high tech companies located in the Silicon Valley area. 
Global Hedge Fund Index - representative of the overall composition of the hedge fund universe. It is comprised of eight strategies: 
convertible arbitrage, merger arbitrage, equity hedge, equity market neutral, relative value arbitrage, event driven, distressed securities, and macro. The strategies are asset weighted based on the distribution of assets in the hedge fund industry. See hedge fund risks. 

3-5yr Treas. - Bloomberg U.S. Government Treasuries 3-5 year maturities index and generally considered a intermediate maturity U.S. Government Note index.

Asset Class - a group of investments that share similar risk and return characteristics.

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Foreign securities involve additional risks, including foreign currency changes, political changes, foreign taxes, and different methods of accounting and financial reporting. The foregoing has been prepared solely for informational purposes, and is not an offer to buy or sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security or instrument or to participate in any particular trading strategy.  

The information contained herein is based on sources and data believed reliable, but is not guaranteed. Advisory services offered through RCM Robinson Capital Management LLC, SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Douglas C. Robinson, Registered Representative. RCM Robinson Capital Management LLC and Securities America, Inc. are separate and unaffiliated.

 
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