Month: May 2017

May
30

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Is preparing for the future more important than enjoying the present?

There is a lot to enjoy today. Last week, Financial Times wrote: “Wall Street ended an impressive week on a steady note – eking out a tiny gain to a fresh record close – as oil prices recouped some of the previous day’s steep losses and the latest U.S. Gross Domestic Product data reinforced expectations…

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May
22

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How Much Is Too Much?

There has been no shortage of drama since the new administration took office – legislative setbacks, controversial hiring and firing, and fiery tweets on various topics. Regardless, U.S. investors and markets remained stalwart until last week when the CBOE Volatility Index (a.k.a. the fear gauge) jumped 46 percent higher and markets declined. Financial Times explained:…

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May
17

Happy Buttonwood Agreement Day!

The start of the New York Stock Exchange all began on May 17, 1792 with the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement.  The signing took place at 68 Wall Street, New York, NY under a Buttonwood Tree.  The mid 1700’s was a time where brokers, merchants and auctioneers bought and sold to one another in offices,…

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May
15

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Does Performance Tell the Whole Story?

American stock markets have delivered some exceptional performance in recent years. Just look at the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index. Barron’s reported the S&P 500, including reinvested dividends, has returned 215 percent since April 30, 2009. The index is currently trading 50 percent above its 2007 high. The rest of the world’s stocks,…

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May
08

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The Markets’ Upward Trend May Have You Scratching Your Head…

Is it complacency? Exuberance? Uncertainty? Exhaustion? Insight? Intuition? Last week, all three major U.S. stock markets gained value and two reached new record highs. On the face of it, that’s great news for stock investors. However, if you look below the surface, the markets’ upward trend may have you scratching your head. Barron’s reported: “That…

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May
01

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It was a good week to own stocks…

Not all financial news was good news last week, but that didn’t prevent U.S. stock markets from moving higher. Barron’s reported on the good news: “This past week, welcome political news from Europe, a batch of stellar corporate-earnings reports, and a concrete tax proposal to cut corporate and some personal rates sharply gave the bull…

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