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Viridian on KSER Radio 90.7 FM

October 19, 2020
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Viridian’s own Brian Johnson and Marcus Dusenbury recently joined Chuck Noel on the KSER 90.7FM radio program Getting Your Dough To Rise. Marcus discussed financial planning, while Brian addressed some questions about “technical analysis” (aka “charting”) as a tool for interpreting market direction and trends. Financial planning is all about answering big life questions, e.g.,…

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June 2020 Market Commentary

June 1, 2020

By Brian Johnson, Viridian Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder June 1st, 2020 Summary:  Markets appear to be decoupled from the economic realities that we face. The bear market in the Dow from February 12th to March 23rd, 2020 was swift and sharp, but appears to be over for the time being. The month of May…

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Replay of our Live Update

April 8, 2020
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Please click here to access a replay of our live update from April 8th, 2020

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Replay of our Coffee Chat

April 3, 2020
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To access a replay of our Live Update and Q&A please click here.

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Replay of our Market Update

March 19, 2020
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If you missed our Live market update and Q&A you can watch the replay by clicking here.

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October 2019 Viridian Market Update

October 14, 2019

By Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder. Summary:  Though returns are strong year-to-date, stocks are hardly in a screaming bull market. In fact, bonds have actually outperformed most stock indices over the past year. The third quarter of 2019 saw a mixed performance among major equity (stock) indices.  Domestically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average…

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April 2019 Viridian Market Update

April 18, 2019

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Viridian Shareholder. Summary:  Q1 was a great quarter.  We will likely continue to use market pullbacks to increase equity allocations. When we first reduced our equity allocations in July of 2018—from “overweight” stocks (where we had been since April of 2016) to a “neutral” stance—we did so…

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February 2019 Market Update

February 25, 2019

By Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder Summary: News has swung to the positive side, with many of the previous uncertainties having been resolved.  This, coupled with the Fed’s policy shift towards patience in raising rates, has led to markets rallying and nearing former highs.  We’ll likely use pullbacks or corrections as opportunities to…

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January 2019 Market Update

January 25, 2019

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary: The fourth quarter of 2018 was a nasty one for stocks. Through it, we have maintained our defensive positioning. We expect U.S. stock returns over the next 10-15 years to be substantially worse than the last 10 years. However, bond, cash, and international stock returns are projected to improve.…

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December 2018 Market Update

December 27, 2018

Written by  Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary:  The current market decline has yet to show signs that it is bottoming out.  It is likely, therefore, that we’ve further to go on the downside before stocks begin moving meaningfully higher again.  We’re glad that we reduced risk/stock exposure in our strategies twice this year –…

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