Not As Bad As It Seems

In the investing world, things are often not as bad as they seem. The data doesn’t always match the headlines.   Today we talk about: August was not good, but was it really bad? It felt really bad. The worst month for stocks (so far) this year is… Have we even had a correction in stocks […]

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The Mini Correction of 2019 (so far)

After July 26, the stock market has experienced a mini correction. And the financial media loves a big down day. They plant the seeds of the next financial Armageddon in our minds. Is it time to panic? Today we’ll address the drop and tell you where we are in the big picture. What’s Happening Now: […]

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A More Conservative Approach

As the stock market and the economy have continued to chug along, we felt it was time for a more conservative approach.  Today we talk about some of the steps we are taking to reduce investment risk for our clients.   What’s Happening Now: A More Conservative Approach (4:36) What’s On Your Mind? Do you have […]

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What’s the Worst Month for Stocks?

What’s the worst month for stocks?  The answer may surprise you.  It did me.  We’ll spend the next two minutes talking about it and why it matters.  Here’s a hint, it has to do with the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting.  This is What’s Happening Now. Podcast: What’s Happening Now: What’s the Worst Month For Stocks? (2:26) […]

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Is This The Top of the Stock Market?

The S&P 500 recently closed over 3,000.  And many people are wondering if this is the top of the stock market?  At least one firm believes stocks are headed higher—much higher.   Podcast—What’s Happening Now: Is This The Top of the Stock Market? (3:40) We have been following First Trust Portfolio’s commentary for some time.  You […]

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2019 Mid Year Update – Wow!

The days have flown by, and it is time for our 2019 Mid Year Update. It’s hard to believe the year  is half over.  In today’s podcast, We’ll talk about how things did in the investment world and share some interesting facts.  Podcast: 2019 Mid Year Update (7:39) What’s On Your Mind? Do you have […]

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A Recession Knocking On The Door

If my inbox, the headlines, and the magazine covers are any indication, there is a recession knocking on our door.  How could that affect your accounts? And, what can we do?  That’s our topic for  this episode of What’s Happening Now. Listen Now: A Recession Knocking On The Door (6:16) What’s On Your Mind? Do you […]

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What Happens Next?

Last year was the first negative year (calendar year at least) in the US Stock market since 2008.  Are we in for a rebound or are we in for continued struggles? Most people are wondering what happens next.  We’ll look at some historical data to see if it offers any guidance about what we should […]

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Updating the Asset Allocation Quilt for 2018

Some years stocks go up.  And every now and then stocks go down.  And  one of the best ways we have found to help visualize how various types of investments behave is by using the asset allocation quilt.  Each major asset class is assigned a color, and each year, the performance is ranked best to worst.  More […]

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