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2015 Third Quarter Report: That Whooshing Sound

Many investors will be glad to finally see the end of the third quarter of 2015, and most of them will feel like their portfolios are worse off than they actually are.  That whooshing sound you hear is not just air being let out of the markets; it’s also an end to that optimistic feeling that many people had been cautiously building during the long 6-year bull market that followed th

Saving Money Versus Paying Off Debt

How to Read the Panicky Market

Some of the most entertaining times to be a long-term investor are those periods when short-term investors are looking over their shoulders for an excuse to sell.  They’re convinced that the market is going to go down before they can get out, and so they jump on any bad news that comes across their Bloomberg screen.

“Grexit” Vote Coming

Any way you look at it, the standoff between the nation of Greece and the leaders of the European Union is a mess.  But it may not be quite the problem that the press is making it out to be.

The Harm in Financial Journalism

In most areas of our lives, the more information you get, and the more up-to-the-minute it is, the better we can do business and make astute decisions.  It is interesting that investing is one area where the opposite is true.

Are Alternative Investments Right For Your Portfolio?

Are Alternative Investments Right For Your Portfolio?

In recent years it would be difficult to read any financial newspaper or website without seeing headlines about “alternative investments”. This term is rarely defined by media accounts but seems to encompass hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure investments, as well as real estate.

Investment Planning for an Uncertain World

Chances are good that if you turn on the prime time news on any given day or pull up your favorite newspaper on your iPad one of the top stories will relate to emerging risks around the world.

Is Good News Really Bad News?

You may have read last week that the U.S. stock market took a tumble based on what would seem like really good news: that the U.S. unemployment rate is falling faster than anybody expected.  If you’re scratching your head, you’re not alone.

The Other Dimension of Risk

When it comes to investing in the stock market, the risk that everybody talks about is the ups and particularly the downs, the bearish periods when the market falls dramatically and keeps falling for months or even years.  (Think: 2000-2002 or 2008) 

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