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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.3

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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Investing 101 Pt.2

This is the second 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 there are things you need to know to be successful. Here is my take on what those things are. Think of stocks as companies. You will sleep better.  The very word “stocks” has a negative connotation for many of us. They can be scary.  They crash. You can lose all of your money.  An easy way to deal with this
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Investing 101

This is the first 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 just need to know to be successful. Here is my take on what those things are. You need to own some stocks in your portfolio, and probably more than you think.  Bonds are guaranteed and are perceived as safe.  However the 10 year government bond, as of this writing, is paying about a guaranteed 2%.  Take away taxes
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Perspective

Dow Jones 20,000, It’s Just a Number Well, it’s a good number, but still just a number.  The press, and many people get a little too hung up when the stock market hits a big round number, and 20,000 is the biggest round number we have seen to date. There will be a number of articles and commentary that appear strongly suggesting that this historical bull market has a long way to go for any number of very plausible reasons.  There will be an equal number of articles and commentary predicting that this market is overpriced, will soon take a
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Money Talks: Long term investing in an instantaneous world (It’s really hard to do)

We live in a world where information is instantaneous. We watch and hear about world news and events virtually in real time. We get impatient when that download takes more than a second. We are spoiled. And we want more information faster. Instantaneous information is great when you are buying a car or booking a room online. Instantaneous information is certainly available in the world of finance and investments, and that is a problem. To become a successful investor, one needs patience, understanding and a long-term view of things. Short term investment decisions are dangerous and have a low probability
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Bears, Bulls, and the Election

Regardless of which political party your views align with, read on for some thoughts from managing partner and Advisor, Alyssa McNamara Reed, on the stock market in response to the upcoming presidential election this November.
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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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