Monthly Insights


“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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“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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“This is the single greatest challenge long-term investors face: finding new reasons not to sell.” Michael Batnick, Director of Research, Ritholtz Wealth Management On August 22, 2018, the U.S. Stock market celebrated a bull run of 3,453-days.  This is the longest bull market ever.  That’s right.  After nearly 9½ years, the markets are still going strong. They have risen from 677 points during the deep, dark days of the great...

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“A flat yield curve, or even an inverted one, should not be on top of our worry list under today’s accommodative monetary conditions,” –Burton Malkiel, Princeton professor of economics and author of “A Random Walk Down Wall Street”, July 31, 2018 Recently you have probably heard or watched business television network entertainers, such as those on CNBC or Bloomberg Television, pontificate about a flattening...

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“Most Americans understand that annual health care costs have been growing faster than inflation for some time.” – Planning for Health Care Costs in Retirement, Vanguard Research, June 2018 5 Steps to Reducing Health Care Costs in Retirement Health care costs will be the biggest expense for most retirees. It’s not a pleasant prospect, but it is a reality. That’s why planning for health care costs is one of the most...

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