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DOW nears 17,000; Where’s the Euphoria?

As the Dow nears hitting 17,000 after dropping to 6,626 back on March 2, 2009, you would think there would be mass euphoria and an upbeat feeling among you and your peers. Surprisingly, I don’t see or feel it. But, why is that? Shouldn’t everyone be feeling fantastic about their financial situation with such an incredible […]

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When Will the Market Plummet?

We know department stores will have huge sales the day after Thanksgiving, but no one tells us when stock or bond prices are going on sale. Analysts are paid big money to try and predict investment (Stock & Bond) prices, but they are often wrong and much better at hindsight than forecasting. What we know… […]

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Should a Stock Market Drop Worry You?

  Last week, the stock market had its worst week in quite a while, including a 300 point sell off for the Dow. Is the next “correction“ finally underway for the  market? When people talk to me about “the market,” why is it they usually mean the U.S. large company indexes?  I guess they believe […]

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Two Emotions Kill Your Investment Returns

In 2014, resolve not to “time the market”. “Time in the Market” is one key to long-term investment success. When you look at the chart below you will see just how bad retail (non-professional) investor’s performance is compared to what they could have made had they only been “buy and hold” investors.   THE NUMBERS […]

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Stock Market Roars Up – Use Logic Rather Than Emotion

The U.S. stock market just had a terrific first quarter.  The S&P 500 index was up 10.0% over the past three months. My client portfolios were not up that much because they also own many other investment asset classes that didn’t advance nearly as much.  For example, the bond market was flat for the quarter, […]

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Dow Hits All-Time Record – Looking Backward and Forward

  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) closed just above its peak 5 ½ years ago, but as you will see below much has changed over that time. The Last Time The Dow Was Here (Oct. 2007) vs. Today: Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14253 Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73 GDP […]

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5 Big Financial Planning Mistakes – COST YOU A BUNDLE

Avoiding life’s big financial planning mistakes is not hard if you plan well. Financial planning, however, takes a backseat to day-to-day living for many people and this is where the potential problems creep in. Here is a list of five key planning issues that everyone should address: 1.     Not Enough Liquid Savings Having plenty […]

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MERRY CLIFF MESS – Republican Plan B Cancelled

Fiscal Cliff – Republican’s Punt to the Democrats House Speaker Boehner called off a vote on a Bill that would have maintained most of the current tax rates (except for $1 million wage earners).  Apparently, it may not have had enough votes to pass. Fiscally conservative House members are not planning to vote for a […]

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Post Election Economic and Investment Outlook

Well the first several days after the election has seen the stock market drop by five percent, leaving those that follow our nation’s fiscal situation feeling uneasy.  I feel the same way as I have been yelling from the tallest tower (or at least my weekly blog) that our government spending is out of control […]

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