Investing


“Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.” –Virgil, Roman poet, born 70 B.C. We hope your 2019 is off to a rousing start. Whether you reached your personal goals in 2018, faced challenges, or are looking for a 2019 reboot, let’s take a moment to hit on the key themes for the rest of this year. What’s in store for 2019 While 2018 began with unbridled optimism, caution quickly entered the picture, and most...

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“You’d be making a terrible mistake if you stay out of a game you think is going to be very good over time because you think you can pick a better time to enter it.” Warren Buffett General Principles It is worth restating, even in the context of a letter primarily focused on the year just past, our overall philosophy of investment advice. It is goal-focused and planning-driven, as sharply distinguished from an approach that is...

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“You have to understand what market history looks like. What market history tells you is that the very, very best investments are made when things look the worst.” —William J. Bernstein Diversification of an investment portfolio is a best practice for long-term investors. You may think of it as “not putting all your eggs in one basket,” although it involves a bit more than that. Diversification is a risk management practice that mixes...

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“October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” —Mark Twain Finally, the month of October is over.  What is it about the month of October?  The stock market crash in October 1929 ushered in the Great Depression.  On Black Monday, October 19, 1987, the S&P 500 Index lost 20.5%,...

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After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. From September 30–October 10, the US market (as measured by the Russell 3000 Index) fell 4.8%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to their portfolios.1 While it may be difficult to remain calm during a substantial...

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin Have you ever embarked on a home improvement project? You are confident you can complete the task, but you are unfamiliar with the details. You need guidance from an expert. That is where your local home improvement store comes into play. The employees not only know their craft exceedingly well but are excited to share their ideas. You can see...

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