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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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Sunshine Here I Come

The holidays are over and the New Year has begun.  This time of year can be difficult for many of us as the cold and snow cause an overwhelming feeling to hibernate.  There are a minority of people who embrace the winter days and nights with excitement and enthusiasm, from skiing and sledding to cozy […]

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Time and Planning

Most of us live for the time that lies right ahead of us.  A few days, weeks, years.  One of the most painful moments in a person’s life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead.  And when time no longer lies […]

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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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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  ‘Twas the night before Christmas in the Crimmins’ house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas would  soon be there; The girls were all hanging out in their beds, With iPods loudly playing music in their heads. And all […]

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Be Happy You’re Alive Now

We have written a number of posts about the need to view our future with optimism.  Frankly, it is a requirement to own shares in the great companies of the world known as stocks. This post attempts to provide a reality check against the ever-present negativity in the news with an understanding of the blessings […]

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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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