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Are times too good?

When the market does bad, questions of “are we doomed” are prevalent.  When it does well, comments of “we’re too high” are heard repeatedly.  Now that we’re been on a long upwards trend, the question of “Where are we in the business cycle and are we any closer to recession?” is the talk. The answer

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Up, Up, and Away

It seems like only yesterday that I wrote an article about how you should ignore the media hype about the record number down days in a row (nine), and here we are with 9 up days in a row.  On top of that, we have seen a steady climb in the market for months now.  Since

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Where are we?

As the market swings up and down wildly this year, and because we’re in a presidential election year, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about where the market and the economy are going.  So, I thought I’d write a quick piece to give my opinion about where we are in the big picture.  The

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Turbulence

It has not been a fun start to 2016.  In the last 5 weeks, the stock market is down 9.25% as of this afternoon.  We are almost back to where we were last August when the market fell about 1800 points in ten days.  This isn’t good, but it’s also not the full picture as

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No pain, no gain

The last few weeks have been rough, especially the last few days, for the stock market. Several things have caused the recent unrest: a major slowdown in China, unconfirmed rumors about a hydrogen bomb in Korea, and the Saudi/Iran conflict are at the forefront.  Regarding China, it’s important to note that 12% of our economy

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2015 in review

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to go over some of the high (and low) points.  The bottom line is that 2015 was a tough year to be a diversified investor: Commodities and the energy sector are down sharply due to oil dropping by about 32% year to date International emerging markets

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Crude Economics

That’s the best title I could come up with today.  I’ve been looking for something significant and non-controversial to write about (as there is a lot of controversy in the news right now), and then I saw this on Yahoo Finance:                         So, which

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Down but not out

First, the bad news: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 8.8% for the quarter, and 9.8% year to date (YTD). The S&P 500 index is down 8.6% for the quarter and 8.4% YTD. Small and mid-cap stock indices haven’t fared much better, down 7.7% and 6.9% YTD respectively. Internationally, most all of the developed

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