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Doing Well and Doing Good?

Growing interest in the impact of fossil fuels on the global climate may spark questions about whether individuals can integrate their values around sustainability with their investment goals and, if so, how. As global citizens, individuals can express their political preferences around sustainability through the ballot box. As investors, they also can express their preferences […]

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Investing Like a Bee

What can a hive teach us about playing the market? Plenty, if you know where to look for industriousness, dedication and a clear message delivery. First, I hate bees. I’m highly allergic and after a life-threatening sting sent me to the hospital, I have endured shots for the past eight years to insure that I […]

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“Mr. Irrelevant” Companies

The 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft will be held this weekend from April 26th to 28th.  The NFL draft is where NFL franchises select newly eligible players.  Each team selects in reverse order of how their team performed the year before with the worst team selecting first.  There are 32 teams in the league and there are […]

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Turning Out the Noise

Have you noticed the stock market volatility lately?  Hard to miss with the media onslaught of coverage.  Below is a video entitled Tuning Out the Noise from our investment partner Dimensional Fund Advisors (Dimensional) to help bring some perspective to the current situation. Tuning Out the Noise takes viewers on a journey through the “lost decade,” featuring […]

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Recent Market Volatility

After a period of relative unusual calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. Last year US stock markets experienced the least volatile year on record, hitting new highs seemingly every day. However, from February 1–5, the U.S. market (as measured […]

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Is Now a Good Time to be Invested?

New Year, New Market Highs Throughout 2017, the S&P 500 Index recorded 62 new closing highs in 251 days of trading. In the first three weeks of January 2018 alone, the index crossed 10 new record closing highs in 13 days of trading before giving back all of the gains in a couple of trading […]

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Irish Confirmed

I felt the need to confirm the obvious. I took a DNA test to confirm that I am mostly Irish.  Unlike the commercial advertising this DNA product, I was not surprised.  The report showed that I am 93% Irish with the next highest ethic percentage Finnish at 3%. However, I was surprised that my information […]

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2017 Stock Market Review

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. —Winston Churchill As we review the incredible stock market performance of 2017, it is important to review our philosophy of advice – that successful investing is goal-focused and planning-driven, instead of market-focused and performance-driven. Another way of saying this is that the really successful […]

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Catchphrase Investing

The financial media is drawn to catchphrases, acronyms, and buzzwords that can be sold as the new thing. FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) is the latest of these. But does this constitute an investment strategy?   For journalists, commentators, and marketers, acronyms like FAANG are useful. They fit easily into headlines and they […]

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To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, no paper notes or metal coins are involved. No central bank issues the currency, and […]

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