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Highs and Lows and How to React

The smoother things go, the more you take things for granted.  It seems that if things were always positive, you might not realize that you need to take a moment and appreciate what you have. When one of my daughters were in the fifth grade, she was having one of those years where everything seemed […]

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Mind Over Model

Checking the weather? Guess what—you’re using a model. While models can be useful for gaining insights that can help us make good decisions, they are inherently incomplete simplifications of reality. In investing, factor models have been a frequent topic of discussion. Lately , they are often marketed as smart beta strategies.  These products are based […]

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Overcoming fear of stocks

Sometimes it doesn’t take much for one to overcome fear. Many investors are still fearful of owning pieces of the great companies in U.S. and around the world known as stocks. Although the evidence is more than compelling that only a diversified portfolio invested for the long-term will supply investors with the appropriate returns necessary […]

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You Have to Give it Time

You have to give it time.  It’s only been a couple of days. Generally I’m on the receiving end of this advice.  However, recently my wife Maureen came down with the very persistent head cold.  After trying to battle it herself for several weeks, she reluctantly headed to the doctor. Her doctor prescribed her a […]

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Working with Clients Focused on the Long Term

At Crimmins Wealth Management, we work with individuals by helping them clarify what they are trying to achieve in their life.  This discussion usually results in uncovering long term goals such as maintaining a lifestyle in retirement and possible legacy issues.  To drive home this message of the need to focus on the long term when […]

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Relating Money to Life

A common question that we get from people after telling them that we own our own financial planning firm is: What do you ask clients at the first meeting? When we first sit down with a new prospect, we try to determine how they visualize their own future. Importantly, we try to parse out in […]

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The Uncommon Average

I have found that the importance of having an investment philosophy—one that is robust and that you can stick with— cannot be overstated. —David Booth – Co-CEO and co-founder of Dimensional Fund Advisor (DFA) The U.S. stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926.[1] But short-term results may vary, and […]

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Lessons for the Next Crisis

It will soon be the 10-year anniversary of when, in early October 2007, the S&P 500 Index hit what was its highest point before losing more than half its value over the next year and a half during the global financial crisis. Over the coming weeks and months, as other anniversaries of major crisis-related events […]

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There is Always a Reason to Sell…Unless You Want to Achieve Your Goals

This is a guest post written by our friend William G. Chettle who is a Vice President with our partner Loring Ward. The problem with good advice is that it tends to be boring, especially when it comes to your portfolio. This is a good thing. For investors, excitement can be your worst enemy. Excitement generates […]

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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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