The story of the week, once again, is the stock market. Everyone is buzzing about the strength of stocks, and the widely held expectation that prices will climb even higher this year. A number of investment reports and media briefings from banks have touted the strength of the market.

Much of the talk has centered around the Dow Jones Industrial Index, which has been hovering around 12,000. (On Wednesday, it broke 12,000 in mid-day trading and I received several emails and phone calls from public relations people offering up their experts to talk about the monumental event).

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