Author Archives: Eric

Are we headed for another recession?

You can Google this question and find 1000 people with vehement answers across the spectrum.  My take: we are not. What are the facts?  Aside from an improvement in jobless claims, increasing productivity, and declining labor costs (all reported last week), presidents from the Federal Reserve of Boston and San Francisco have both stated that

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The Ides of 2012

“I’m weary of this moon; would he would change!”  [from A Midsummer Night’s Dream] Midsummer; mid year.  We are now halfway through the year, a very volatile one at that, and your feelings about stocks and the economy may be similar to the above quote.  Because of that, I wanted to share a brief update

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How Low Can You Go?

Remember the limbo?  The younger you were, the lower you could go, partly because of height, but largely because of agility.  The stock market has been on a steady decline for weeks (following a steady climb before that and it is still above where we began 2012), and many are still reeling from the precipitous

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If you are worried, read this.

For the last six weeks in a row, and then yesterday, the market has gone down.  Greece can’t seem to find leadership, sending jitters through the Eurozone.  Banking giant JP Morgan is red-faced about a $2 billion trading loss.  China, while growing, may not be growing as fast as we thought.  What to do? Before

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Frozen in your tracks?

Everywhere I look, there are those with opinions about what to do with your investments.  Should you “sell in May, then go away?”  (This phrase is suddenly in vogue because it worked the last 2 years, assuming that you bought again in November.  However, ‘sell in September’ would have actually worked better, but it doesn’t

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Market Update, April 9th: the week ahead

Warning: potential Boredom Alert!  If you want to skip the details, scroll to the last paragraph. So last week was not was not good for the markets as they were down over 1%, and now we have Friday’s non-farms payroll report which showed that 120K jobs were added in March vs. the 200K expectation.  As

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Spring Cleaning

The vernal equinox, that date in the spring where the day is exactly as long as the night, arrived yesterday.  Many call this the ‘first day of spring’, so on that note, I thought I’d talk a little about spring cleaning of your portfolio. Traditionally, spring cleaning meant (especially in cold climates) dragging everything of

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Leap Day Update

Happy Leap Day!  It’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote something, and what better occasion than a day that only happens every 4 years! Good news has abounded lately, and today the 4th quarter GDP number was revised upward, signaling a continuing climb out of the great recession.  The price of oil appears

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Eros has left the building

Happy Valentine’s Day!  In honor of this, and since Greece continues to make the news, I thought I’d title this to commemorate both events (quick history lesson – Eros is the Greek god of love; Aphrodite is the goddess). Right now Greece is not on my Valentine’s Day gift list as news there continues to

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A not-so-great idea

Lately I have heard a lot of talk about cash: some advisors recommending holding aside 35-50% in cash until the Europe debt issue blows over (it’s been in full swing for nearly 2 years now); a few say that the market has had a good run up over the last couple of years and now

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