Fashion Yourself a Safety Net

With two trading days left until we are at the halfway mark for 2014, it's time to take stock of the market. For me that means looking at the barometer that is the S&P 500 -- the index used by the majority of fund managers, and also one for which Wall Street furnishes earnings expectations and other data.

Year to date, the S&P is up 6%. But we head into the back half of the year with renewed concern over the consumer, the start of an inflation pick-up amid rising input prices and minimum-wage hikes. So, in light of all this, it's time to look at second-half and full earnings expectations for the index....591 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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