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Barry Armstrong has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and hosts WRKO's Financial Exchange program every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon. Barry also works with the independent financial professionals at Armstrong Advisory Group, which he founded himself, to serve individual investors and small businesses in New England. For the most up to date information on The Financial Exchange, as well as industry news and info, follow Barry on Twitter @BarryGArmstrong.

05/25/2012 - 11:56am
By: Armstrong Advisory Group
Important principles to keep in mind when investing in the stock market

Debt problems in the Euro Zone.  A real estate bubble in China. Tensions in the Middle East.  These headlines appear constantly in newspapers.  At the same time, a growing public debt problem in America has caused many pundits to predict the downfall of this country.  With these seemingly endless issues, what are some important principles to keep in mind when investing in the stock market?

  • The U.S. remains the best place in which to invest.  According to the Federal Reserve, household debt has fallen in 13 consecutive quarters and corporations hold record levels of cash with which they can use to...
05/18/2012 - 11:00am
By: Armstrong Advisory Group
What could be the consequences of Greece leaving the Euro Zone?

At the beginning of May, elections held in France, Greece, and Germany signaled a clear and resounding rejection to the current plan of austerity in the south of Europe and bailouts orchestrated by the north of Europe.  The bailout plan will not be supported in the northern countries without some semblance of austerity in the southern countries, and the southern countries most likely cannot survive in the Euro Zone without some form of monetary or fiscal support.  What could be the consequences of Greece leaving the Euro Zone?

  • In the short term, a Greek exit from the Euro Zone would most...
05/11/2012 - 1:06pm
By: Armstrong Advisory Group
Is now the time to buy defense stocks?

Over the past year, the prospects of budget cuts in the defense sector have risen in response to the growing national debt level.  However, the exact amount of the cuts is uncertain.  This uncertainty has weighed on stocks in the defense sector.  Could this now be a time to buy these attractive stocks?

  • Last August 2, the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law by President Obama.  This immediately increased the US debt limit by $400 billion and specified $917 billion of cuts over the next 10 years.  Since the “super committee” could not agree on a deal, automatic...