Comments on Recent Market Volatility

Elevated stock market volatility, as we have seen the past two months, brings gloomy headlines and may elicit fear in some investors. Since the beginning of October, the U.S. stock market (Russell 3000 Total Return Index) has gone from being up nearly 11% for the year to up just 2% as of December...
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Quarterly Market Review Third Quarter 2018

Costs matter. Whether you’re buying a car or selecting an investment strategy, the costs you expect to pay are likely to be an important factor in making any major financial decision.

People rely on a lot of different information about costs to help inform these decisions. When you buy a car,...
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Quarterly Market Review Second Quarter 2018

E+R=O, a Formula for Success¹

Combining an enduring investment philosophy with a simple formula that helps maintain investment discipline can increase the odds of having a positive financial experience.

An Enduring Investment Philosophy

Investing is a long-term endeavor. Indeed, people...
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Quarterly Market Review First Quarter 2018

Sailing with the Tides

Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan, and there’ll be rough seas. But the odds of reaching your destination increase greatly if you are prepared, flexible, patient, and well-advised.

A mistake many...
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Quarterly Market Review Fourth Quarter 2017

To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios.

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin...
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Changes to Social Security for 2018

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2018 will be 2%, the biggest increase since 2012. The adjustment is based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the third quarter of 2016 through the third quarter of 2017.

The SSA...
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Quarterly Market Review Third Quarter 2017

Quit Monkeying Around!

In the world of investment management, there is an oft-discussed idea that blindfolded monkeys throwing darts at pages of stock listings can select portfolios that will do just as well, if not better, than both the market and the average portfolio constructed by...
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Quarterly Market Review Second Quarter 2017

When Rates Go Up, Do Stocks Go Down?

Should stock investors worry about changes in interest rates? 

Research shows that, like stock prices, changes in interest rates and bond prices are largely unpredictable.1  It follows that an investment strategy based upon attempting to exploit...
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Quarterly Market Review First Quarter 2017

Investment Shock Absorbers

Ever ridden in a car with worn-out shock absorbers? Every bump is jarring, every corner stomach-churning, and every red light an excuse to assume the brace position. Owning an undiversified portfolio can trigger similar reactions.

You can drive a car with a broken...
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Quarterly Market Review Fourth Quarter 2016

The Power of Markets

In 1958, economist Leonard Read published an essay entitled
“I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read.”

The essay, narrated from the point of view of a pencil, describes the “complex combination of miracles” necessary to create and bring to market the common...
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