Investors are anxiously awaiting the start of the third-quarter 2014 earnings release season, which begins tomorrow. Will the results match the projections? CNBC covers the story. For those who want to know more in advance, Robert Lamy explains how to use the “coincident economic index” to gauge the real strength of the economy. One thing that may effect how your portfolio looks at the end of 2014 is your health insurance policy. Confusing as the technical jargon may be, there are some straightforward guidelines to understanding whether your policy really has you covered.

Wall Street Awaits Earnings Slew– Investors have their eyes on the start of third-quarter earnings season.  Results from aluminum-producer Alcoa will kick off the latest slew of earnings on Wednesday, and a further eight S&P 500 companies will post results before the week is out.

ISM Data Point To GDP Growth In Q3 Well Above Potential Growth–  At the start of each month, the U.S. Institute for Supply Management (ISM) releases data on the state of the manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries of the U.S. economy. Robert Lamy of The Forecasting Advisor explains how this data shows a strong pace of economic growth in the third quarter, and he projects a real GDP rise of 5.0% in that quarter.

Understanding Your Health Insurance Policy– There’s no doubt about it–health insurance can seem complicated. A typical policy is filled with the kind of technical jargon that sends many of us into cold sweats. Fortunately, understanding the basics of your policy isn’t as difficult as you might think.

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