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2020 Election and Other Stuff!

Posted on September 24, 2020
September 18, 2020 2020 Election and Other Stuff!     Without fail, there is always a good degree of trepidation as we approach a national election. We suppose this is normal, especially in the days leading up to the event, as the rhetoric between the two candidates becomes ever more confrontational, accusatory, and contentious. It […]

Market Update

Posted on August 24, 2020
Market Update   This short note is just to touch base with you, since the market has been falling with no apparent reason. This comes on the heels of a long and dull 2014, and after a very good 2013. Last month, September 3rd to be exact, we sent out a letter titled, “When the […]

Understanding and Reason – Keep it Simple

Posted on August 24, 2020
Understanding and Reason – Keep it Simple   It was only eight years ago, January of 2002, that twelve European nations exchanged their currency and began to circulate Euro banknotes and coins. The idea was initially adopted in 1999, and three years later 12 nations exchanged their money for Euros. There are now 15 nations […]

It is worth saying again . . .

Posted on August 24, 2020
It is Worth Saying Again . . .   “Markets generally go up when business is bad, deteriorating, or not significantly improving.” While I cannot take credit for this quotation, it is an extremely valuable nugget of wisdom. It came from a long-time friend and client who also happens to be a very bright thinker […]

Dark Clouds and Silver Linings

Posted on August 24, 2020
Dark Clouds and Silver Linings   Every twenty years or so, the stock market goes through a purging much like we are seeing today. It is difficult to predict because the timing of these events is so irregular. The last one was in 1987, and the one previous occurred in 1974. This type of washout […]

January 9th, 2007

Posted on August 24, 2020
January 9th, 2007   When a popular index like the Dow Industrials pushes to new high, a lot of investors appear enormously pleased. Making money in the market seems like a piece of cake. The formula is remarkable simple: buy a few stocks with popular names and hang on to them. Broadcasters like CNBC tend […]

November 16, 2005

Posted on August 24, 2020
November 16, 2005 “I wanted the gold and I sought it, I scrabbled and mucked like a slave Was it famine or scurvy I fought it, I hurled my youth into a grave. I wanted the gold and I got it, Came out with a fortune last fall, yet somehow life’s not what I thought […]

January 9, 2003

Posted on August 24, 2020
January 9, 2003 Picking up my Investor’s Business Daily from the driveway on the morning of January 1st, I was greeted with the following front-page, bold print statement, “Worst Bear in 71 Years.” Happy New Year to you too, IBD!   The emotional impact of reading this sort of headline engenders within all of us […]

October 10th, 2002

Posted on August 24, 2020
October 10th, 2002 It is an enormous understatement to say there has been disenchantment with the stock market during the last two and a half years, and the declines during the last few weeks have clearly added to the discouragement. Interspersed by one or two day rallies, we have seen the market continue to drop […]
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