Monthly Archives: February 2012

Weekly Market Commentary – The Great American Race

Today, forty-three of the top drivers in the world will compete in “The Great American Race,” NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious motorsports event.  Another great American race will be evident at Monday’s showdown: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s logo … Continue reading

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Is it Time to Wade Out of the Shallow End of the Pool?

With all the volatility in the market, many investors have been clinging to safety just like when you were a kid swimming in the shallow end of the pool.  So, how do you know when it’s time to put on … Continue reading

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Following the Path

Just seven weeks into 2012 and the markets are off to a strong start. The stock market, measured by the S&P 500, has posted a high single-digit gain for the year, and the S&P 500 index is around 1,350. Sound … Continue reading

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Is Management of Stocks the Same as Mutual Funds?

I met with a new client recently with a portfolio of solid, blue chip stocks.  Knowing that we use mutual funds predominantly in building our portfolios, he asked the question, “Do you manage stock built portfolios the same as mutual … Continue reading

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The Worst Earnings Season in Years Still Beats Expectations

Earnings have mattered a lot for the U.S. stock market. Over the past three years, earnings are up about 58% and the S&P 500 is up about 55%.* That one-to-one relationship is no coincidence. Stock market valuations, measured by the … Continue reading

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Yes, I call myself a runner!

In a world where 24 hour news updates are at your fingertips, the influx of information, good and bad, can be overwhelming.  I’ve decided to take a break from the ups and downs of the market and the latest entertainment … Continue reading

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The Budget Bombshell

In one week, President Obama is due to submit his 2013 budget, which covers the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2012. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires the President to submit a budget request to Congress on the … Continue reading

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Rising Tides

If you are an outdoor person as I am, you know and recognize that nature is full of reliable patterns.  The sun rises and sets at predictable times.  The moon has it recurring phases.  Tides wash in and out of … Continue reading

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