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Volatility

I'm sure you've noticed, volatility has returned to the stock market.  As of 4 PM on Thursday
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Investing 101 – Pt.11 Stuff You Need to Know

This is the eleventh article in a series that will discuss and explain basic investment concepts in hopefully an understandable and meaningful way.  Whether you work with an investment advisor or choose to do your own investing, there are some things you need to know to be successful.  Here is my take on what those things are. More thoughts on owning bonds Bond investors are lenders. Somebody pays you interest, and when the bond matures (comes due) you get your capital back.  Because that interest and that return of capital are guaranteed, owning bonds makes you feel good.  Understand that
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Investing 101 – Pt.10 Stuff You Need to Know

This is the tenth article in a series that will discuss and explain basic investment concepts in hopefully an understandable and meaningful way. Whether you work with an investment advisor or choose to do your own investing, there are some things you need to know to be successful. Here is my take on what those they are. In my last column, I bravely suggested that bondholders will find it very difficult to earn any real money (what you get to keep after you pay taxes and inflation on your earnings) for quite a while to come. I also stated that
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Investing 101 – Pt.09 Stuff You Need to Know

This is the ninth article in a series that will discuss and explain basic investment concepts in hopefully an understandable and meaningful way.  Whether you work with an investment advisor or choose to do your own investing, there are some things you need to know to be successful.  Here is my take on what those things are. You need to own some bonds in your portfolio, but probably not as many as you think.  Actually, I don’t think you should own any bonds in your portfolio until you are at least 45 years old.  The reason for owning bonds in
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Investing 101 – Pt.03

This is the third article in a series that will discuss basic investment concepts in hopefully and understandable and meaningful way.  Whether you work with an investment advisor or choose to do your own investing, there are some things you need to know to be successful.  Here is my take on what those things are.
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Politics and Your Portfolio – You need a Divorce

It is certainly safe to say that money is an emotional subject.  When markets are good, we spend a lot of time telling people not to get too excited. When markets are bad we spend our time telling people not to be too concerned.  Emotions and successful investing do not go together. If you let greed or fear get the best of you, it is very likely that will cost you dearly in the long run. Politics is also an emotional subject. Probably more emotional than money. Emotions seem to be running at a fever pitch with regard to the
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An Unpredictable Market

According to Investopedia the definition of a bubble is “ a surge in equity (stock) prices, often more than warranted by fundamentals…”. investorwords.com defines a volatile market as “unpredictable and vigorous changes in price within the stock market”. For purposes of this essay, we will be discussing downward volatility, which is bad. For some reason, people generally don’t mind upward volatility
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Discussing A Volatile Market

We all need help being money-smart. Each of our Marshfield Mariner articles allow the team from McNamara Financial to tackle an issue that will build your financial planning skills. This week, Mike McNamara talks about the downward volatility in the stock market.
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Thoughts on the Financial Markets and the Future of the World!

Market Commentary » Thoughts on the Financial Markets and the Future of the World! This is a long one, so get comfortable before you start reading. Last I heard, about 85% of the daily trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange is due to institutions and computerized trading programs. Most are trying to make a quick buck by speculating on short term trends. In my opinion they are primarily responsible for all of this volatility we are experiencing. The bad news is that it will continue and makes folks nervous. The good news is that this has no effect whatsoever
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Some Perspective…

Market Commentary » Some Perspective… Fact – Through 10/19/11 the S&P 500 with dividends (a proxy for the performance of large U.S. stocks) is down 0.99% year to date. It was up 15.06% in 2010 and up 26.46% in 2009. Fact – Through 10/19/11 the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond (a proxy for the performance of U.S. bonds) is up 6.13% year to date. It was up 6.54% in 2010 and up 5.93% in 2009. Fact – according to Yahoo Finance as of 10/19/11 the average money market fund in the U.S. Is earning 0.54%. The average one year bank
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