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Why Losses Hurt More than Gains Feel Good: Part 1. When 1 Doesn’t Equal 1

March 26, 2019
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Written by Bruce Yates, Financial Advisor and Founding Shareholder Many investors assume that as long as they are right more times than they’re wrong, they will end up with good results. That is a logical assumption. If you buy three stocks in succession, for instance, and two of them produce big gains, and only one…

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September 2018 Market Update – A Few Thoughts

September 19, 2018

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary: U.S. stocks (equities) remain in a secular (10-20 year) bull trend. International markets have not done as well recently, but they remain attractive for long-term investors. In lieu of an analysis of one aspect of the market, this month I’m sharing thoughts and interesting pictures on three…

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Kids and Money: A Little Education Pays Off

June 4, 2018
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Just about anyone who’s ever watched a child or grandchild go from the crib to kindergarten and beyond has uttered the phrase, “They grow up so fast.” Although you can’t really freeze a youngster’s precious moments in time, you can take steps to make sure that his or her journey to adulthood starts with a…

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Setting and Targeting Investment Goals

July 4, 2016
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Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don’t take any money out until you’re ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? But that’s what investing without setting clear-cut goals is like. If you’re…

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All about IRAs

February 24, 2016

An individual retirement arrangement (IRA) is a personal retirement savings plan that offers specific tax benefits. In fact, IRAs are one of the most powerful retirement savings tools available to you. Even if you’re contributing to a 401(k) or other plan at work, you should also consider investing in an IRA. What types of IRAs…

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Holding Equities for the Long Term: Time Versus Timing

February 15, 2016

Legendary investor Warren Buffett is famous for his long-term perspective. He has said that he likes to make investments he would be comfortable holding even if the market shut down for 10 years. Investing with an eye to the long term is particularly important with stocks. Historically, equities have typically outperformed bonds, cash, and inflation,…

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Monitoring Your Portfolio

February 10, 2016
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You probably already know you need to monitor your investment portfolio and update it periodically. Even if you’ve chosen an asset allocation, market forces may quickly begin to tweak it. For example, if stock prices go up, you may eventually find yourself with a greater percentage of stocks in your portfolio than you want. If…

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Investment Planning: The Basics

September 23, 2015

Why do so many people never obtain the financial independence that they desire? Often it’s because they just don’t take that first step–getting started. Besides procrastination, other excuses people make are that investing is too risky, too complicated, too time consuming, and only for the rich. The fact is, there’s nothing complicated about common investing…

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Bonds, Interest Rates, and the Impact of Inflation

July 31, 2015

There are two fundamental ways that you can profit from owning bonds: from the interest that bonds pay, or from any increase in the bond’s price. Many people who invest in bonds because they want a steady stream of income are surprised to learn that bond prices can fluctuate, just as they do with any…

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College Saving Options

July 20, 2015

College costs For the 2014/2015 college year, the average annual cost of attendance (known as the COA) at a four-year public college for in-state students is $23,410, the average cost at a four-year public college for out-of-state students is $37,229, and the average cost at a four-year private college is $46,272. The COA figure includes…

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