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10/17/2007 - current
Trading ranges and breakouts
Published 10/10/2011 at midnight
The terms “trading range” and “breakout” are often used when referring to the investment markets. In fact, the major indexes are currently in a trading range. For the S&P 500, the range is approximately 1,100 to 1,225 and for the ...
Federal budget woes and their impact on investments
Published 10/03/2011 at midnight
In the coming months as the “super committee” meets and works toward a recommendation, we may once again see increased volatility in the investment markets. It seems like this is the same song, only the second, no make that the ...
Managing the amount of taxable income annually
Published 09/26/2011 at 10:35 a.m.
Every year most of us have to file our annual tax return and pay unto Caesar what is Caesar’s as the saying goes. While we each look for every valid deduction to make sure the amount of the net taxable ...
Sidestepping estate planning mistakes
Published 09/19/2011 at midnight
In previous articles I have touched on making estate distributions easy. However, easy does not always mean fair. In conversations with most of my clients, their intent is often to split their estate equally among their children. Thus, the documents ...
Reverse mortgage as a retirement income option
Published 09/12/2011 at midnight
You cannot go a day without seeing Robert Wagner, Fred Thompson, or some other spokesperson giving their pitch on reverse mortgages. By the way this product is presented, homeowners could draw the conclusion it is the greatest thing since sliced ...
Making final distributions easier to manage
Published 09/05/2011 at midnight
For most of us our last act is one of generosity. We have gone through our life planning, saving, and consuming and in our final days, we make a gift to our loved ones. Through the use of a will ...
Avoiding running out of retirement income
Published 08/29/2011 at midnight
With the investment markets behaving as they are, the likelihood of running out of retirement income may appear to be a real possibility. Throw in the murky future of the Social Security Administration and the huge future demands on its ...
Reminder: There is risk in reacting to headlines
Published 08/22/2011 at midnight
Knee-jerk reactions to troubling headlines may cause investors to fall into the common pit of selling low after buying high. Lately, we have had a multitude of these headlines from civil wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, nuclear disasters, recession fears, debt ...
The roller coaster ride continues
Published 08/15/2011 at 10:30 a.m.
I have always enjoyed roller coaster rides, but in part I think my enjoyment came from knowing when and where the ride will end. The past three weeks or so the financial markets have provided that same feeling in the ...
Panic is not an investment strategy
Published 08/08/2011 at 11:11 a.m.
At the time I am writing this article the market recently closed down 512.76 points, or 4.3 percent with the upcoming jobs report, being the next indicator of how the market may move. Clearly, the decline was not reassuring and ...
Money Matters: Investment performance after a recession
Published 10/29/2008 at 1:46 p.m.
Last week I discussed that once the market had hit bottom, it was okay to start investing again. As you all know, the bottom is something that is confirmed by the rearview mirror, rather than something that can be known ...
Published 10/22/2008 at 6 p.m.
If you have sold out of the market during this extreme downturn, that most likely means you have taken a loss. It may also mean you are no longer in the market to participate in the recovery, once the markets ...
Published 10/15/2008 at 3:12 p.m.
A friend in the financial industry provided the following quote to me, and while it may take more than one time through to truly understand its meaning, it describes the current market and many similar times we have had before ...
Money Matters: Congress passed the bailout: So where is the recovery?
Published 10/08/2008 at 6:17 p.m.
While Congress passed the $700 billion asset purchase plan (bailout plan), the markets barely paused before wiping out the day’s gains and ending lower. What is missing? The legislation is passed, but the money is not flowing yet and the ...
Money Matters: Managing investments in the midst of a crisis
Published 10/01/2008 at 6:16 p.m.
What can I say or what should I say when the financial markets may be facing what some have said is the worse financial crisis since the ‘Great Depression’? Do not panic! And I say it again, “Do not panic.” ...
Money Matters: Violatile times in the market
Published 09/24/2008 at 6:40 p.m.
In the future, 2008 may be looked upon as the starting point of significant changes to our economy and how many of our financial transactions are handled. During this year, such names as Bear Stearns, Countrywide Financial, Fannie Mae, Freddie ...
Money Matters: Daily financial decisions do impact financial future
Published 09/03/2008 at 6:09 p.m.
There are many financial decisions we make daily or monthly that impact our financial future, but many fail to realize the significance of these decisions. We often forget they impact our finances or do not give them a second thought. ...
Money Matters: Beneficiary review - worth the time and effort
Published 08/27/2008 at 7:37 p.m.
When was the last time you made certain all of the beneficiary statements you have created are still appropriate? If you are like most of us, the answer is, “I am not sure when the last time I did a ...
Money Matters: Year-end tax planning can be beneficial at mid-year
Published 08/13/2008 at 6:14 p.m.
Hint of fall arrived this week with cooler morning temperatures. High school as well as college football players are gearing up for the season. School zones are flashing once again. There is nothing happening that says it is time to ...
Money Matters: Storm Season: Are there lessons to learn from facing loss?
Published 08/06/2008 at 6:13 p.m.
As we head into prime hurricane season and brace ourselves for news stories and video footage from the coasts, I always wonder about the folks who live in those target areas…how do they carry on in the face of storm ...
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