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Monday, March 4, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks lost a little ground as February gave way to March. While domestic and overseas political developments made headlines, the market stayed relatively calm: from Monday’s open through Friday’s...


Monday, February 25, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks rallied last week as optimism about a potential U.S.-China trade deal grew. The S&P 500 advanced 0.80% for the week to 2,792.67. The Nasdaq Composite improved 0.86% to 7,527.54, and the Dow Jones...


Monday, February 18, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks ended a good week on a high note, as hints of progress in U.S.-China trade talks encouraged investors. When the closing bell rang Friday, the S&P 500 settled at 2,775.60, after rising 2.50% in five days....


Monday, February 11, 2019

THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Major U.S. stock benchmarks eked out slight gains last week, with corporate profit reports and news about U.S.-China trade negotiations vying for investor attention over five trading sessions. The big three...


Monday, February 4, 2019

FEBRUARY BEGINS WITH SOME EXCELLENT ECONOMIC DATA Payrolls swelled with 304,000 net new jobs last month, according to the Department of Labor’s February employment report. (A Bloomberg survey of economists had projected a gain of...


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Monday, January 28, 2019

HOME SALES QUICKLY FALTER Seldom do existing home sales fall 6.4% in a month, but that was what happened in December. National Association of Realtors economist Laurence Yun called the drop a reflection of “consumer search...


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

“The market hates uncertainty” has been a common enough saying in recent years, but how logical is it?


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Many of my clients have asked me in recent months to describe to them what Fiduciary Advice is. They may have read that the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a substantial overhaul in the regulation of financial advice given on retirement


Monday, February 13, 2017

To have a better investment experience, people should focus on the things they can control. 


Monday, February 6, 2017

News and financial commentary can influence people’s view of investing. Without a strong investment philosophy to guide them, they also may follow the advice of friends, neighbors, or family, especially if the


Monday, January 30, 2017

The idea behind investing is to buy low and sell high. Yet, following an emotional investment cycle sparked by reactive decisions may bring the opposite effect: buying at higher prices and selling at lower prices.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Many people concentrate their investment in their home stock market. They choose only US stocks and mutual funds and consider their portfolio diversified. In some cases, they only hold a small group of securities.Yet, from a global perspect


Monday, January 30, 2017

With each trade, buyers and sellers bring new information to the market, which helps set prices. No one knows what the next bit of new information will be. The future is uncertain, but prices will adjust accordingly.This doesn’t mean


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Even with a globally diversified portfolio, market movements can tempt investors to switch asset classes based on predictions of future performance. But as shown in this table, there is little predictability in asset class performance from


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5. Consider the Drivers of ReturnsRather than viewing the market universe in terms of individual stocks and bonds, investors should define the market along the dimensions of expected returns to identify broader areas or groups that have sim


Monday, November 14, 2016

4.  Let Markets Work for YouMost people look to the financial markets as their main investment avenue—and the good news is that the capital markets have rewarded long-term investors. The markets represent capitalism at work in th


Monday, November 7, 2016

3. Resist Chasing Past PerformanceMany fund managers believe they can identify “mispriced” securities and convert that knowledge into higher returns. But fair market pricing works against such efforts, as indicated by the large


Monday, October 31, 2016

2. Don’t Try to Outguess the MarketMany fund managers believe they can identify “mispriced” securities and convert that knowledge into higher returns. But fair market pricing works against such efforts, as indicated by the


Tuesday, October 18, 2016



Monday, October 10, 2016

Next month, Americans will head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Why are more and more financial advisors fee-based? It comes down to philosophy. Advisors are increasingly choosing a business model that promotes a trusted, ongoing relationship with a client, rather than just a sale.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

What does that mean? What are the benefits? What difference might a relationship with an Independent Investment Advisor make for you and your loved ones?