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Using research to time markets – Belling the Cat

Sometimes even the best of ideas are only good in theory because they are impossible to implement in practice.  This holds true to the financial world as well. Academic financial research generates hundreds of research papers each year highlighting potential ways for investors to get a possible insight on the direction of the stock market.  Many […]

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Stock investors: Focus on history not headlines – UPDATE

We wrote a post in March 2016 discussing 2 sectors that were struggling at the time.  Now seems like a good time to review the post and the outcome.  At the time the experts were stating that everyone was concerned about the future prospects of the Chinese economy and the struggling agricultural equipment industry in […]

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5 Great Quotes on Investing and How They Apply to You

We thought the following quotes from some of the most successful money managers might be useful to get the extra confidence needed to stay with your long-term plan as the markets exhibit the usual up and down movements.   The key word in the first sentence being  the “usual” volatility as stock market movements up and down are customary […]

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Planning Your Financial Independence Day

7 Steps To Plan Your Financial Independence Day

Plan your Way to Financial Freedom Most people say they plan for retirement, but they are really planning for financial independence. The day you achieve financial independence is a great day – you have accumulated enough wealth to not have to work again, and will be able to retire whenever you choose. (We use the […]

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The Decisions We Make

Every day begins with the task of decision-making. Some are such small and insignificant decisions, such as getting up early to go to the gym or what to wear to work. These decisions have minor consequences, while other decisions are more difficult to make and have long-lasting results. As I reflect on my life, there […]

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Uncertainty and the Market

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.—Voltaire “The market hates uncertainty” has been a common enough saying in recent years, but how logical is it? There are many different aspects to uncertainty, some that can be measured and some that cannot. Uncertainty is an unchangeable condition of existence. As individuals, […]

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Safe investments – at what costs?

I just want my money and my investments to be safe. If I had a nickel for every time I heard that statement or sentiment, I would be wealthy. It is a normal and completely understandable sentiment that we would like to hold on to the money that we have been able to acquire through […]

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What All Investors Need to Know

All investors need to know the answer to two questions in order to be a successful investor.  Those questions are the following: What have the long-term stock market returns been?        Are those stock market returns achieved by either picking individual companies or timing when to enter and exit the stock markets before […]

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Invest…Like a Girl!

 What does it mean to do something “like a girl”? There is a new ad campaign that addresses this question. And in the past, the statement made it seem like doing something “like a girl” is a bad thing. Click here for the ad: Like A Girl As most of you already know, our household is […]

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Should you continue to own International companies?

It’s been a common question that we’ve been getting lately Should I continue to own International Companies? The question is understandable because international stock markets in aggregate have under-performed their United States counterparts for several years.  These trends are commonplace when you look back through the history of the global stock markets with the U.S. […]

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