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The Clock is Ticking
The Clock is Ticking
September 2017
Some investment commentators have been predicting that the bull market is about to plunge and turn bearish ever since this long-running bull market launched back in March 2009. At some juncture, the naysayers will be...
Markets Disdain Conventional Wisdom
Markets Disdain Conventional Wisdom
August 2017
Perhaps one of the most intriguing – and important – trends for individual investors is the market’s current disregard for conventional wisdom, as evidenced by the bull run’s continued uptick...
Stock Market: Are We Due a Market Correction?
Stock Market: Are We Due a Market Correction?
July 2017
June often marks a mid-year lull in the stock market, but with no hiatus yet, the stock market continues the rally that began when President Trump took office in November. As we head into the second-quarter earnings...
Investors Take Political Turmoil in Stride
Investors Take Political Turmoil in Stride
June 2017
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president have delivered surprises, scandals and controversy – none of which are considered beneficial to steady stock market performance...
Rosy Forecasts With a Few Dark Clouds
Rosy Forecasts With a Few Dark Clouds
May 2017
Since President Trump’s election, investor enthusiasm has helped to propel equity returns into new territory – with gains during his first month in office that have not been seen since LBJ took...
Swings and Roundabouts
Swings and Roundabouts
April 2017
March brought forth some upsets in the financial markets as the Trump Administration’s big push to repeal the Affordable Care Act hit the skids. Overall, investors received mixed signals from both the markets...
Push for Deregulation Puts Big Banks Against Consumers
Push for Deregulation Puts Big Banks Against Consumers
March 2017
Two major issues that surfaced during February were the possibility of the Federal Reserve raising the benchmark interest rate "fairly soon," and the Trump Administration's promise to undo many of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms...
Romp or Rout? The Markets Under a Trump Presidency
Romp or Rout? The Markets Under a Trump Presidency
February 2017
The biggest question on Wall Street is whether the Trump Presidency will be good (or bad) for investors. The year started with confidence as the Dow Jones Industrial Average overtook the 20,000 mark, but many questions remain on how President Trump will...
Stock Market: Whither Goes the Bull Market?
Stock Market: Whither Goes the Bull Market?
January 2017
Despite much anxious hand-wringing, the bull market survived the Presidential Election results with only a couple of wobbles before finding its way back to firmer footing. Analysts have counted out this aging...
Stock Market: Trump's Election Creates Ups and Downs
Stock Market: Trump's Election Creates Ups and Downs
December 2016
Long before Donald Trump's election victory, individual investors were already concerned about market uncertainties, Europe and the global economy. Prior to Trump's surprise election, stocks declined...
Stock Market: The Election Stakes
Stock Market: The Election Stakes
November 2016
As we head into the election, the Stock Market is taking the presidential squaring-off in stride. Investors are sitting pretty. We are in the middle of the second-longest bull market in history and interest rates...
Stock Market: Wall Street Watches and Waits
Stock Market: Wall Street Watches and Waits
October 2016
The stock market continues its steady, if unspectacular, progress. Despite long-term results that should have investment analysts applauding, the rally that continues to get no respect trudges along. The...
Stock Market: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
Stock Market: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
September 2016
With stock indices hitting record highs and the bull market continuing its seven-and-a-half year run, you might expect investment gurus to be content and happy. But nothing...
Stock Market: Brexit Fallout Lingers
Stock Market: Brexit Fallout Lingers
August 2016
As we approached the end of July, the stock market rallied following several weeks of volatility as markets here tried to adjust to Britain's decision to leave the European Union. The...
Stock Market: Brexit Roils the Markets
Stock Market: Brexit Roils the Markets
July 2016
The biggest news in markets across the world was the British vote to pull out of the European Union after some 43 years as a participant in the EU (and the former Common Market)....
Stock Market: Spring Awakening
Stock Market: Spring Awakening
June 2016
Undeterred by the possibility of a June interest rate hike, Wall Street continued its upward trend, buoyed by higher oil prices and the belief that investors...
Stock Market: All-Time High Eludes Dow Index
Stock Market: All-Time High Eludes Dow Index
May 2016
Until earnings results in the last part of April revealed some disappointments, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average looked ready to set new records. Mixed earning reports stalled the Dow's impressive...
Stock Market: Spring Forward
Stock Market: Spring Forward
April 2016
March was a milestone month for the stock market. On March 9, the bull run celebrated its seventh birthday - one for the record books. Starting its first uptick at the end of the recession in 2009, this bull market...
Stock Market: Falling Oil Prices Depress Stock Prices
Stock Market: Falling Oil Prices Depress Stock Prices
March 2016
Investors saw the market continue to slide throughout February, as stocks followed the downward trajectory of oil prices - a pattern which began in...
Stock Market: Optimism Despite a Bumpy Start
Stock Market: Optimism Despite a Bumpy Start
February 2016
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These are words that might reflect many investors’ opinions at the beginning of the year, when we saw a stock market sell-off...
Stock Market: The Impact of Higher Interest Rates
Stock Market: The Impact of Higher Interest Rates
January 2016
On Dec. 16, the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was raising the target range for the federal funds rate from 1/4 percent to 1/2...
Stock Market: What's in Store for 2016?
Stock Market: What's in Store for 2016?
December 2015
Stock market predictions for the coming year hit the newswires and headlines every December as predictably as the arrival of Santa Claus in the local mall. Although stock market gurus...
Stock Market: Back in the Black
November 2015
After a summer of slumps and declines, the stock market roared back to life in October, posting a three-week rally that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at 17,646.70 on Oct. 23 - up 157.54...
Stock Market: U.S. Monetary Policy Takes Center Stage
October 2015
The markets continued to test investors' mettle in September; however, the big questions remain the same. Is a bear market about to start, and will the Fed finally allow interest rates to...
Stock Market: It's Back - Market Volatility Worldwide
September 2015
After months of speculation as to when the party was about to end, everything changed on Aug. 21 with steep declines in U.S. markets, followed by a rollercoaster ride that saw the Dow...
Stock Market: How Long Will the Bull Market Continue?
August 2015
Within the markets, a special kind of thinking sometimes seems to override logic. So it should come as no surprise to know that the U.S. markets stayed calm for the most part...
It's All Greek to the Markets
July 2015
The major stock price indices continued in a generally positive track through most of June, but with subdued trading activity. Technology stocks led the way, with the Nasdaq 100 up...
Stock Market: Quiet Markets and Modest Gains
June 2015
As the markets neared the end of May and the Memorial Day weekend, trading was light in sync with a slow period for economic news or important data. The conclusion of the quarterly...
Stock Market: Some Volatility in U.S.; Overseas Stocks Remain Attractive
May 2015
The current bull market is now in its seventh year, and the United States now sits at the helm of global economic expansion. This remarkable run - the fourth longest in more than a...
Good News, Bad News
April 2015
If you were looking for good news in March, you found it; and if you wanted to worry about bearish signs, they were there, too. The past few weeks have given investors plenty of...
Oil Prices, Interest Rates and Investment Fees in the Limelight
March 2015
As February drew to a close, a variety of topics - oil prices, interest rates and 401(k) investment fees - dominated the financial news headlines in the United States. On the international...
STOCK MARKET: Swings and Roundabouts
Februay 2015
The mood at the end of January turned somewhat sour as analysts and commentators reacted badly to disappointing earnings news. Disappointing fourth quarter 2014 earnings from...
Year-End Performance Brings Good Cheer
January 2015
The end of the year brought glad tidings to Wall Street. During Christmas week, investors saw some impressive records set with the Dow Jones Industrials closing above 18,000...
Thanksgiving Delivers Much To Celebrate
December 2014
Although sometimes you wouldn't know it from reading the news coverage, the stock market continues to notch up record achievements, with the Standard & Poor's 500 now...
Stock Market: Gyrations and Gains
November 2014
After months of predictions that the time was ripe for a sell-off, the naysayers finally saw their forecasts come true when a series of dramatic sell-offs pushed the...
It's a Small World
October 2014
It's an ill wind that blows no good, as the saying goes. And it appears that the ongoing economic woes of Eurozone nations are having a positive effect on economic...
Dow Hits High, Fed Signals No Changes
September 2014
August was a banner month for the bulls. On August 25, the Standard & Poor's 500 halted its earlier reversal to hit the 2,000 benchmark for the first time ever. The impact of...
Stock Market: Summer Sizzles
August 2014
As summer temperatures rose, market analysts generated their own style of mid-summer madness with predictions ranging from imminent market corrections to confident...
The Fed Reassures, The Market Responds
July 2014
The dog days of August arrived two months early as trading volumes on major exchanges slowed in an apparent response to the start of the World Cup in Brazil. Whether the early...
The Stock Market: Trudging Along to Reach Record Highs
June 2014
As Memorial Weekend drew to a close, the three key stock market benchmarks in the United States were headed upward - the first time this year that they've all been positive at the same time - and the S&P 500 closed above 1,900 for...
The Bull Still Runs
May 2014
Despite signs of weakness in early April when the major averages in the markets slid to lows that resembled their previous downturn, the stock market rallied and the bull run...
Mad as a March Hare?
April 2014
The stock market puzzled investors repeatedly throughout March. Issues that have affected stock prices include concern over employment numbers, the impact of severe weather on specific...
Stock Market: Mixed Messages Persist, But Optimism Prevails
March 2014
February is a short month, but nevertheless it generated lots for investors to digest. Market performance for the start of 2014 has been mixed, but February saw...
Stock Market: Market Worries Return
February 2014
The inevitable occurred. Those who had been waiting for it to be over could finally stop anticipating the end of the Bull Run. The market's iron man performance...
2013 Turns Out to be a Great Year for Stocks
January 2014
As 2013 came to a close, investors might have paused amidst the seasonal joviality to note the passing of a most remarkable year...
Markets Bring Good Cheer
December 2013
It appears the October government shutdown did little to slow the economy or dampen the U.S. markets. Not only did the U.S. economy weather the potential setbacks well, but the major...
Bull Market Continues With Upward Climb
November 2013
With the Affordable Care Act (often dubbed Obamacare) creating such a commotion - so much so that it was a key factor in the recent shutdown of many Federal government services - investors...
Uncertainty Rocks the Boat
October 2013
Perhaps investors have grown hardened to budget wrangling and warnings of government shutdowns - or perhaps they're weary of the politicking. Whatever the reason, U.S. investors...
Good News, Bad News
September 2013
August is usually a slow month in the markets as summer comes to a close and vacations wind down, but this past August has seen more activity...
Market News Keeps July Simmering
August 2013
As we moved into the sultry days of summer, two key stories dominated investment news while a third continued to simmer on the back burner. Investors have been so busy looking into the future...
Stock Market: The Fed is Optimistic While the Markets Dither
July 2013
After much speculation in early June as to when the Federal Reserve would let up on its quantitative easing policy, Fed Chairman Bernanke finall...
Stock Market: Optimism Continues
June 2013
It seems as soon as the market posts another gain, or a small decline, the financial headlines proclaim we are nearing the beginning of the end - the end of the current bull market, that is. Good...
Stock Market: Growth Continues; Mega-Banks Face Demands for More Accountability
May 2013
Good news on the economic front for the first quarter of 2013 was clouded with mixed results on housing sales and disappointing data from the durable...
Stock Market: Marching On
April 2013
Setting aside the brief crisis created by Cyprus and quickly addressed by the European Community, the markets performed admirably in March with the Standard and...
Stock Market: Life Post-Fiscal Cliff
March 2013
The risk of an imminent fiscal crisis was averted when lawmakers agreed on some $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases in January. This doesn't...
Stock Market: Tax Deal on Dividends Good News for Most
February 2013
The final compromises in Washington kept the dividend tax rate at 15 percent for most small investors, and raised tax rates to 20...
Stock Market: 2013 Forecasts Tough to Make; 2012 Performance Builds Confidence
January 2013
Predicting stock market performance is about as sure-fire as predicting the weather. This year-end adds additional factors to the mix - tough negotiations among lawmakers over the so-called fiscal cliff, the possibility of...
Stock Market: Year-End Mandates
December 2012
As the year draws to a close, two topics are top-of-the-mind issues for many investors. The first is how to develop next year's investment strategy now that Obama has won another term; the...
Stock Market: A Waiting Game
November 2012
For the most part, investment experts are unwilling to go out on a limb with predictions until the election is over. Analysts might be willing to suggest a certain response from Wall Street...
Stock Market: A Sunny September
October 2012
Worries calmed in Europe, good news on the domestic real estate front, and the Federal Reserve continuing policies to bolster employment and growth were all key factors in the stock market's...
Stock Market: Forget the Old Rules; Times Have Changed
September 2012
It seems like the experts are using some very fancy language to say that the stock market is doing quite well and... we don't really know why....
Stock Market: Olympic-Sized European Woes; Upside Emerging Elsewhere
August 2012
In Europe, the financial system and the unstable euro continue to generate headlines. News of Barclay’s Bank rigging interest rates only added more spice to the headlines. This time,...
Stock Market: Europe Struggles; the Fed Extends Bond-Buying Program
July 2012
Europe's debt problems continued to dominate the business headlines in June - the only change being the shift of attention from Greece to Spain, where struggling banks and high bond...
Stock Market: Technology Back in the Limelight
June 2012
In May, investors saw Facebook's initial public offering fail to hit the giddy heights anticipated and its price drop by the second day of trading. As the month drew to a close, the...
Stock Market: Experts Ponder First Quarter Results, Federal Reserve Policies
May 2012
In April, corporate earnings in the United States, the Federal Reserve's game plan, European elections and continued resistance to austerity measures in Europe dominated...
Stock Market: A Bull Market By Any Other Name
April 2012
A variety of topics are keeping investment experts busy this month. Happily, we saw positive trends continue in the markets – with just a few minor dips. Number-crunchers...
Stock Market: Dow Hits Market Milestone Again; Are Further Gains Ahead?
March 2012
As February drew to a close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 13,000, a peak not seen since early 2007. While many investment professionals agree that it’s just a number and that reaching it creates no tangible benefits,...
Stock Market: Look for the Silver Lining
February 2012
If predicting market behavior by looking at past history worked, then most of us would be rich. There are always unknowns in the months ahead, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t...
Stock Market: Pros Urge Investors to Act on Positive News
January 2012
The start of a New Year doesn’t call for a wholesale change of strategy, but for many individual investors the start of 2012 is a perfect time to review and rebalance. Over the past few months...
Stock Market: Anticipated IPOs Bring Optimism
December 2011
Although economic prospects in Spain, Italy and Greece continued to look bleak and Europe’s economic crisis dominated the headlines, the U.S. economy began to show...
Stock Market: Sentiment and Reality
November 2011
Shakespeare’s Hamlet observed that nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. He certainly wasn’t talking about the stock market, but his commentary fits the market’s dizzying...
Stock Market: Looking for a Silver Lining
October 2011
After a summer of ups and downs, the markets headed downward as September drew to a close. By Sept. 25, the decline had affected oil prices as well as the silver and gold markets – which were down 26 percent...
Stock Market: Stocks Gyrate as Investors Ponder
September 2011
With stocks’ gyrations and economic uncertainty rattling investor confidence here and abroad, individual investors have not lacked for editorial advice on how to formulate an...
Stock Market: Stellar Earnings Cheer Investors Despite Mixed Signals
August 2011
Stock market gyrations in July reflected investor sentiment as experts and individual investors alike followed the ups and downs of the U.S. debt-ceiling debate and financial woes afflicting...
Stock Market: First Quarter Shows Gains; Greek Debt Crisis Rattles Investors
July, 2011
Investors were pleased to note that first quarter economic results showed a modest expansion despite lingering weakness in the housing sector. The nation’s gross domestic product grew at an inflation-adjusted...
Stock Market: Analysts Urge Diversification; Tech Seen as Possible Winner
June, 2011
Believe it or not, by June 2011 the U.S. economy officially will have been in recovery mode for two years, according to economic experts. As with any anniversary, this second year mark has prompted investment experts to contemplate where...
Stock Market: Swings And Roundabouts
May, 2011
What a difference two days makes! Following the mid-April announcement that Standard & Poor’s had cut its long-term outlook on U.S. debt to negative, stocks declined precipitously, nearly reaching the...
Stock Market: Pondering The Future
April, 2011
A series of major events – the earthquake disaster in Japan, growing political violence around the Persian Gulf and President Obama’s decision to...
Stock Market: Oil Worries Moderate; Bullish Rally Gets Mixed Reviews
March, 2011
Traders’ attention was diverted from the usual data and financials when political turmoil in Egypt captured the world’s attention in February. Just when the crisis in Egypt...
Stock Market: Encouraging Performance Cheers Investors
February, 2011
The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 – a threshold that had not been crossed since 2008 – as January drew to a close. The excitement proved tough to sustain, however, as the market...
Stock Market: Experts Forecast Sunnier Skies
January, 2011
2010 might be described as a year of frustration and doubt for U.S. investors. It was a year of constant ups and downs, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 crossing its opening benchmark of 1115 in January 2010 more than 160...
Stock Market: Be of Good Cheer
December, 2010
Pre-Thanksgiving economic data gave investors an early opportunity to embrace the Season of Good Cheer. Fears of a recessionary double-dip diminished as data from the Commerce Department was revised upward and first-time...
Stock Market: Scary Halloween or an Optimistic October?
November, 2010
Most would deny it, but brokers are a superstitious lot. Perhaps it is the 22nd anniversary of Black Monday on Oct. 19, but October is regarded as a spooky month. As always, opinions are divided...
Stock Market: Tax Issues, Cautious Recovery Create Uncertainty
October, 2010
News that the recession officially ended some 15 months ago failed to generate much excitement among Wall Street pundits. Economic growth and unemployment have yet...
Stock Market: Momentum Dwindles Through Summer Doldrums
September, 2010
August saw the markets putter along, with volatility a constant factor as economic concerns resurfaced. July's data provided some positive news for housing starts and industrial production. Unemployment continued...
Stock Market: Volatility Continues as Gradual Recovery is Predicted
August, 2010
If there is a way to protect your stock holdings from volatility, no one has discovered it yet. July’s stock market gyrations showed the dual effect of good earnings news coupled with disappointing economic...
Stock Market: Wall Street Reform and Positive Trends
July, 2010
On the last Friday of June, legislators unveiled a new bill designed to reign in risk-taking by financial institutions; provide consumers with protection from dicey financial products; and prevent a recurrence...
Stock Market: Global woes rattle the markets
June, 2010
Pundits who predicted a market correction in early spring were finally proved right, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped below 10,000 in late May. We saw the benchmark index last close below 10,000 in early...
Stock Market: Amended expectations
May, 2010
There is much to be happy about these days: the market is up almost 80 percent from its lows of 12 months ago, corporate earnings are beating estimates and business spending is on an upswing. The Fed’s announcement...
Stock Market: Don't Sabotage your personal Financial Recovery
April, 2010
As the Dow edges closer to 11,000, pundits underscore the psychological impact of crossing that benchmark. Though opinions on the importance of this number vary, it is significant that the market has made...
Stock Market: Taking the Rough with the Smooth
March, 2010
The proverb, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" usually refers to spring weather, but investors have reason to hope that it proves true for the markets this year. February’s...
Stock Market: Experts Ponder the Pull-Back and Future Prospects
February, 2010
The pull-back that occurred in the markets during the third week of January had both pundits and individual investors wringing their hands. The first major sell-off of the year wiped out the year-to-date gains and prompted concern...
Stock Market: A New Year Sparks Optimism
January, 2010
We start 2010 with a much brighter situation than a year ago. The Standard and Poor's 500 Index climbed more than 24 percent in 2009 after taking a precipitous 37 percent decline in 2008. This reversal represents...
Stock Market: The recovery continues at a modest pace
December, 2009
As the year comes to an end, investors all hope that sustained economic recovery lies ahead in 2010. For most individual investors, 2009 was a year of uncertainty - a year in which many sat on...
Stock Market: Scary Halloween or optimistic October?
November, 2009
Most would deny it, but brokers are a superstitious lot. Perhaps it was the 22nd anniversary of Black Monday on Oct. 19, but October is regarded as a spooky month. As always, opinions are...
Stock Market: What is good news these days?
October, 2009
It's never simple to determine what the prevailing opinions are on Wall Street. Since the recession, the task has become even tougher. It’s common for the same economic data to be hailed as a...
Stock Market Celebrates an Anniversary of Sorts
September, 2009
Few of us will be celebrating, but September marks the beginning of the financial meltdown that began in the housing sector, unraveled the financial system and precipitated a heart stopping seven months of...
Stock Markets: Recent Rebound Heartens Investors
August, 2009
Investors were cheered by a two-week rally at the end of July that lifted spirits and indices alike. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index saw increases of more than 11 percent. The...
Stock Market: Bulls and Bears Alike Ponder Market Moves
July, 2009
According to Thomson Reuters, U.S. investors are sitting on the sidelines with an estimated $900 billion they yanked from the market when it plunged in the fall of 2008. Although some of that money has made its way back into the market,...
Stock Market: Hope Springs Eternal
June, 2009
With the Memorial Day holiday, Americans welcomed the return of spring--of warmer weather, blossoming branches, and longer days. Likewise, investment experts scanned the headlines and recent data looking for signs of economic rebirth and renewed...
Stock Market: Seeking Clarity in Changing Times
May 2009
Analysts and individual investors alike took heart from the recent rally that took us from late March into April, but a few weeks later we’re back to the same old question—is the worst over? Mixed news from the markets and the economy...
Stock Market: March Rally Soothes Investors
April 2009
March—in like a lion, out like a lamb—as the almanac reminds us. This folksy forecast proved right on for the nation’s financial markets this March—its...
Stock Market: A Time for Fortitude
March 2009
The stock market continued to test investors’ confidence in February. With the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) declining to levels last seen in 1997, and concerns over the possible effectiveness...
Stock Market: Financial Anxiety Can Create Investor Opportunities
February 2009
The optimistic spirit that pervaded Wall Street in the wake of President Obama’s inauguration was all too short-lived, as investors reacted to bad news from the housing sector and disappointing news about 5,000 job cuts from Microsoft. All...
Stock Market: A Happier New Year
January 2009
January is usually the time for resolutions, and for investors it’s usually a time to look ahead and determine where growth opportunities lie. This year, both individual and institutional investors alike—novices and Wall Street...
Stock Market: Forecasting 2009
December, 2008
Though many pundits anticipated volatility in 2008, few expected to see economic conditions deteriorate, consumer confidence dwindle, and the Dow sinking to 8,000 in November. While acknowledging...
Stock Market: Pundits ponder
November 2008
The debate over whether or not the U.S. economy is in a recession appears to be moot. A 40 percent decline in the value of the stock market over the last 12 months and a hefty 18 percent drop in the first week of October...
Stock Market: Experts Wait And Investors Groan
October 2008
To suggest to you that we are living through some frightening and uncertain times would be an understatement. The near collapse of U.S. and international credit markets has shaken governments throughout...
Stock Market: Tough Times Create Future Gains
September 2008
There’s lots of advice out there about how to weather the current bear market. Most investment experts tell us to avoid rash moves, but no one is suggesting that you just pull the covers over...
Stock Market: Looking At The Bigger Picture
August 2008
The Stock Market continued its dismal performance in July. The month saw some bright spots –when oil prices declined and companies posted good earnings reports—but those gains were quickly negated as investors reacted to gloomy...
Stock Market: Fed takes a Summer “Breather”
July 2008
As we sailed into summer, predictions for the six months ahead remained cautious at best. The Federal Reserve officially stated what pundits were expecting—that their worries about a weak economy continue, but...
Stock Market: Wall Street’s Focus--Rising Energy Prices
June 2008
The week prior to the Memorial Day weekend saw a decline of more than 2 percent in major indices, and the economic fall-out resulting from rising energy prices continued to be a major issue. Oil prices rose...
Stock Market: Strategies For Uncertain Times
May 2008
It is a well-worn adage that Wall Street doesn’t welcome change. And, change is what we have had lately –lots of it unwelcome— like the banking crisis/credit crunch, rising...
Stock Market: A Rebound Soon…Or Later?
April 2008
The pre-Easter mini-rally was over all too quickly when traders’ confidence nosedived in response to negative housing and consumer data released in the third week of March. The...
Stock Market: New Worries; Same See-Saw
March 2008
Economic reports released in late February showed that house prices continued to fall and that the cost of just about everything else –food, clothing and gasoline— rose. Correspondingly, consumer confidence dropped to its lowest...
Stock Market: Surviving Fear And Uncertainty
February 2008
By the end of January, it looked as if most of the stock market’s decline might be behind us. Experts –for the most part—seem to share some tentative optimism that...
Stock Market: Face The Year Ahead With Fortitude
January 2008
Whatever their individual strategy might be, leading stock market analysts can all agree that the road ahead will be challenging. With potential threats that include recession, slowing corporate profits,...
Stock Market: Tidings With Some Joy
December 2007
If November left you feeling whip-sawed when a “market correction” (a term used when the markets drop more than 10 percent from their recent high points) one day was followed by a sharp upturn a...
Stock Market: The Fall-Out Is Not Over Yet
November 2007
Since mid-July when the Dow Jones Industrial Average first reached 14,000, the market has soared, dipped and dived, and led investors on a wild ride. Despite some scary...
Stock Market: Boon For Bargain Hunters
October 2007
Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining. Is that true for the stock market, too? The scary volatility of the market has hammered stock prices, but now investors have the chance to pick up some bargains—maybe. Market...
Stock Market: Wild Swings & High Anxiety Whiplash Investors
September 2007
Sorting through a daily barrage of rumors, market chatter and market swings has left most investors punch-drunk, wondering whether the worst is over, or if another storm is about to...
Stock Market: Correction or calamity?
August 2007
Just five months after the decline created by the Chinese Stock Market’s plunge, markets worldwide –especially those in Asia—were under pressure...
Stock Market: Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
July 2007
There is never any shortage of diverse opinions on where the market is headed. The subprime fallout, and the realignment between the financial market’s...
Stock Market: Excitement Aplenty as Volatility Returns
June 2007
June marks the end of the second quarter—a time when investors often reassess and rebalance their portfolios. With so much to ponder, what should a savvy...
Euphoria…Then Reality
May 2007
The Dow soared past the 13,000 mark as April drew to a close, and the NASDAQ also dazzled, reversing March’s downward drift to gain almost 5 percent. But before...
Stock Market: A Lively First Quarter
April 2007
After a first quarter that has been anything but dull, many investment analysts are taking a look backwards as they identify opportunities for the remainder of the year. The...
Stock Market: Stay The Course But Watch Out For Ripples Ahead
March 2007
The good news is that the market has seen little correction since last July: the bad news is that investors with funds to spend are feeling somewhat wistful for the...
Stock Market: Cautious Optimism Suggests Moderate Growth Ahead
February 2007
Despite some hand wringing over what the Fed may, or may not, do in the months ahead, most market experts are forecasting continued - albeit moderate - growth...
Stock Market: What's on the Horizon?
January 2007
At year-end, the pundits get ready to deliver their predictions for the coming year. Here are some key observations from prominent commentators, plus a couple...
Stock Market: …and a Happy New Year!
December 2006
The stock market gave investors plenty to celebrate at Thanksgiving as the Dow reached all time highs - an end to a year where investors have seen...
Stock Market: Dow Hits Dizzying Heights
November 2006
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) surged to hit new records - repeatedly throughout October - surpassing the 12,000 mark for the first time ever in the...
Stock Market: Falling Gas Prices Lift Consumer Confidence And Dow Soars
October 2006
After spending summer in the doldrums, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) moved closer to a record as September drew to an end. Investors were cheered as the Dow climbed to its...
Uncertainty Reigns on Wall Street
September 2006
As August drew to a close, investors stayed on the sidelines and stocks remained in a fairly narrow trading range, as Wall Street tried to figure out whether the economy...
Stock Market: Oil Prices Soar and Stocks Lose Gains For The Year
August 2006
The specter of worsening conflict in the Middle East helped oil prices edge closer to $80 a barrel in mid-July. As a result, stock prices plummeted, wiping out nearly all the modest gains recorded by the major indexes...
Feds Interest Hike Offsets Early Summer Doldrums
July 2006
After several weeks of erratic trading and dreary results, Wall Street finally breathed a sigh of relief after the Federal Reserve indicated that it would be paying...
Pause For Thought
June 2006
When the daily vagaries of the stock market leave the pros reeling, dont be dismayed if the recent seesawing, nay-saying, and dire predictions have your head spinning. You are not...
Investors Return to The Markets
May 2006
Could it be that investors love affair with the stock market has rekindled? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has broken 11,000 for the first...
Optimism Blooms in Spring
April 2006
No matter where they stand on market predictions, Bulls and Bears might both agree that the recent choppy period offers few rewards to anyone. Optimists pounce on every up tick and just...
Stock Market: Investor Optimism Keeps the Bull Market Going
March 2006
The action on Wall Street may not have been very exciting lately, with trading remaining in a narrow range, but, in the light of recent bad news from major oil-producing...
Stock Market: 2006 Starts Well; Positive Forecast Ahead
February 2006
As January came to a close, rising profit forecasts boosted stock prices, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poors 500-stock...
Stock Market: Time for Resolution?
January 2006
The so-called "Santa Claus" rally that elevated the Dow to some of its highest levels this year failed to hold out until year-end as stocks tumbled in response...
Stock Market: Combine Holiday Cheer with Year-End Tax Savvy
December 2005
Wall Street enjoyed a November rally and hopes for an end-of-year upswing remained high - especially when the Federal Reserves Open Market Committee hinted that the Feds rate hikes might be ending in the...
Stock Market: Inflation Worries & Oil Prices Overshadow Profit Reports
November 2005
As October drew to a close, inflation worries hovered, overshadowing some strong profit reports. Wall Street experienced some turbulence as mixed economic data fueled inflation fears. The consumer...
Stock Market: Storms and Oil Price Hikes Erode Confidence
October 2005
Although the damage caused by Hurricane Rita across parts of Texas and Louisiana at the end of September appears to have been significantly less than Hurricane Katrinas...
Wall Street Waves Goodbye To The Summer Doldrums
September 2005
After a lackluster summer with the stock market going mainly sideways in response to crude oil price gains and concerns that the mega-hot housing market had...
Stock Market: The Bulls Refuse To Bow
August 2005
The blasts that roared through central London left more than 50 dead, with 20 or so people still missing, and hundreds injured. But the Brits refused...
Stock Market: A Summer Damper
July 2005
Although its progress might best be described as labored, the stock market had been inching higher over the last 8 weeks or so - posting a slow gain, but enough to gain 6 percent since...
Stock Market: Challenges Remain But Buying Opportunities Abound
June 2005
The May rally brought some joy to investors whove grown accustomed to the anxiety induced by the stock markets recent knee-jerk gyrations. With only a little...
Stock Market: Buying Opportunities For Long-Term Investors
May 2005
Despite good earnings results overall for the first quarter of 2005, the markets continued to dip and dive. Major indexes declined to lows for the year on April...
Stock Market - Earnings Season Jitters
April 2005
Continuing worries about escalating oil prices, coupled with higher interest rates, kept the market skittish for most of March. Market jitters are...
A Month - End Surge Despite Earlier Jitters
March 2005
Despite an impressive list of pro-growth initiatives that should have cheered investors, President Bush's State of The Union address did not...
Stock Market - A Rocky Start To 2005
February 2005
The icy winter storms that hit the Northeast at the end of January were nothing compared to the chill that settled on the trading floors, as all three major stock...
Stock Market - Cheerful News And Hopes For a Happy New Year
January 2005
A so-called "Santa Claus" rally, boosted by money managers adjusting their portfolios prior to the year-end, sent the Dow Jones Industrials to a 3 ½ year...
Stock Market-Time For Year-End Action
December 2004
Investors barely had time to savor the post-election lift-off before a few stark words on November 19th from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and a sudden surge in oil...
As Fears Abate, Will We See a Market Rally?
November 2004
The frenzied activity on the presidential campaign trail translated into a stagnant torpor on Wall Street, as investors dithered on the sidelines awaiting...
Anxiety Rules the Market; But Uncertainties Will Diminish
October 2004
September brought no relief to anxious investors. In addition to ongoing concerns about terrorism and anxiety about global oil supply, investors also were faced with...
Stock Market Update-Dog Days Of August Presage Continuing Lethargy
September 2004
The first half of August saw a general slump in the market thanks to higher oil prices, discouraging news on job creation, and continued terrorism jitters. The S&P 500 hit a new low of 1062 on August...
Stock Market Update--What's Ahead For The Second Half
August 2004
The stock market has seen a lackluster six months. Since February, the Standard & Poors 500 gain of 4 percent has slipped away to end-up by July 15 at about...
SUMMER SLOW-DOWN CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAVVY INVESTORS
July 2004
Summer traditionally is a slow time on Wall Street, and some-but not all-of the recent torpor can be attributed to the seasonal slow-down. Uncertainties about the U.S. presidential election and the power...
WALL STREET WORRIES
June 2004
May brought no relief to anxious investors as the market gyrated in response to troubling international news and mounting worries on the home front. Pundits disagree...
EARNINGS JITTERS AND INTEREST HIKE CONCERNS RATTLE INVESTORS
May 2004
April is the cruelest month according to T. S. Eliot. And though he did not have the financial markets in mind when he penned this line, many investors might well agree with him. Volatility was the watchword...
MARKET JITTERS SUBSIDE AS FUNDAMENTALS IMPROVE
April 2004
March was not a month for the faint-hearted. With the markets performance showing both sharp downturns and solid rallies, the stock market proved as volatile as early spring weather, ending...
INVESTOR CONFIDENCE REMAINS STRONG; TECHS PULLBACK WORRIES SOME
March 2004
Last month saw another month of solid performance on Wall Street. While some cautious pundits question how much longer the current rally can last, individual investors continue to rush into the market in record...
BULL RUN CONTINUES DESPITE FEARS OF IMMINENT MARKET CORRECTION
February 2004
Januarys stock market performance demonstrates how difficult it is for both experienced market gurus and novices to accurately predict short-term moves in the market. Case in point--when the stock market closed...
WHAT'S AHEAD IN 2004?
January 2004
After a 3-year bear market battered by woes ranging from corporate malfeasance to terrorism and escalating geopolitical tension, the markets had a good year...
QUIRKY DECEMBER SIGNALS A HAPPY NEW YEAR AHEAD
December 2003
Traditionally as the year draws to a close, the market gets a little quirky. And, this past November was no exception. Up some...and then down some, the market has responded feebly to good economic data and earnings...
STOCK MARKETDOES THE BULL MARKET HAVING STAYING POWER?
November 2003
After a dramatic run-up that included a 537-point surge in the Dow during the first two weeks of October, the market turned sour in the third week, despite a relatively strong batch of third-quarter...
EARNING FORECASTS BOOST THE MARKETS GROWING OPTIMISM
October 2003
Investors are entering the final quarter of 2003 with growing optimism, buoyed by sunny earnings forecasts that could make third-quarter earnings the best since third-quarter results in 2000. In September, stockholder...
U.S. ECONOMY HEATS UP AND THE MARKET RALLIES AS INVESTORS STAY UPBEAT
September 2003
With the Dow attaining the years highest close on August 18th and Nasdaq following suit the next day, neither the worst power outage in U.S. history nor terrorist blasts overseas deterred the markets as August...
Exploiting the Tax Cut - Part II
August 2003
Last month we looked at the implications of The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 on portfolio planning and the focus on dividend-paying stocks. This month well take...
Exploiting The Tax Cut
July 2003
Presidents Bushs latest tax cut has something for almost everyone. The investor tax breaks-- designed to boost the stock market-- lower the highest...
Wall Street Takes a-Wait-and-See Stance On Tax Cuts on Dividends and Capital Gains
June 2003
The Bush administration is banking that the package of $320 billion in tax cuts and $30 billion in aid to States that Congress passed on May 23 will translate into some tangible benefits to Wall Street and...
Mixed Signals Generate Cautious Optimism
May 2003
April was a seesaw month for the financial markets, and for investors. At the beginning of the month, Wall Street was jumpy as the constant coverage of the Iraqi...
Will The War in Iraq Help Spur the Market?
April 2003
As most pundits expected, the missile strike that opened the war in Iraq on March 19 spurred a worldwide market rally that ended with the Dow up 150 points. This...
Wall Street Awaits Resolution
March 2003
After a January that saw the Dow losing almost 300 points, beleaguered investors saw no respite in February as global tensions continued to bedevil the...
Presidents Economic Stimulus Plan Calls For Abolition of Dividend Tax
February 2003
From Wall Streets perspective, the centerpiece of President Bushs proposed economic stimulus plan is the exemption of dividends from federal personal income...
Painful 2002 for Stock Market
January 2003
The year 2002 saw its share of pains with stock research scandals, hocus-pocus accounting scams, massive layoffs, and a looming war in the Middle East...
Risky Business?
December 2002
Our frequent readers know that we talk a lot about diversification and controlling your investment risk. Thats a great idea, but how do you define risk...
Bottom-dwelling in a Bear Market
November 2002
For anyone who has money in the stock market, this year is turning out to be another year you wish you didn't. The Dow Jones industrial average has...
Mutual Fund Managers are Supposed to Make Money
October 2002
The American public-the average investor-is being taken for a ride by very highly paid mutual fund managers who dont seem to know their job...
Diversify by Investing Internationally and Take Advantage of a Weakened Dollar
September 2002
According to A.G. Edwards' Investment Strategy Committee, foreign investments are becoming a more attractive opportunity for investors right now. "We recommend...
The Bulls and the Bears
August 2002
We are in the midst of a dire bear market. What ought investors do about it? It depends on who the investors are. For some, the panic selling that we witnessed...
Taking Stock
July 2002
It's official. We are now in the longest bear market since the Great Depression! Now at twenty-five months and counting, this bear is the longest since...
The Neverending Game
June 2002
About the only working environment harsher than the investment industry during a market downturn would be professional sports. The bright lights, the glare...
Is It Worth Buying? Depends...
May 2002
Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now? You have likely heard this annoying little mantra in the Verizon Wireless commercial where the guy...
Taking Stock
April 2002
For many years now, "March Madness" has been the term affectionately used by basketball enthusiasts to refer to the NCAA's national college...
A Day At The Races
March 2002
You may have noticed that on a clear bright day in February, NASCAR resumed its racing season with the granddaddy of all racing events, the Daytona 500...
Crisis in Confidence
February 2002
Just when it looked as though we were pulling away from the September 11 pall, our neighbors in Houston tossed a large wrench into the works...
2001: A Perfect Storm?
January 2002
Another year has come and gone, but it was not just any year. A fitting title might be The Perfect Storm. The year started with a bang and...
Fourth Quarter Huddle
December 2001
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Wolf of a Different Color
November 2001
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To the Strong Go the Spoils
October 2001
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Avoid Sandcastles
September 2001
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The Rise and Fall of a Dynasty, err, I Mean the Stock Market
August 2001
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Alphabet Soup: Anatomy of a Market Rebound
July 2001
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Oh Ye Of Little Faith
June 2001
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What Goes Up ...
May 2001
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Nervous? Thats Healthy!
April 2001
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Indexing the Indexes
March 2001
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High Stakes Gambling?
February 2001
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Is It Time to Bond With Your Broker?
January 2001
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Risky Business?
December 2000
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Diversify, Diversify, Diversify
November 2000
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All That Glitter...
October, 2000
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If It Sounds Too Good...
September 2000
In the days of Adam and Eve, the choices were pretty simple - to eat or not to eat. Imagine what the snake would have offered if he had access to...
Come on, Have a Heart!
August 2000
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What Do I Do Now?
July 2000
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Avoid The Mutual Funds Dividends Tax Ambush
June 2000
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Lifestyle Funds
May 2000
This one-stop investment may be for you if you are too busy or lack the knowledge to take care of your own portfolio....
Ways to Cut Uncle Sam's Tax Bill
April 2000
Keep more of your profits in 2001....
Mutual Funds at Tax Time
March 2000
Three methods of calculating your mutual fund profits....
On-line Stock Scams - Buyer Beware
February 2000
Don't be afraid to invest online; just do your homework....
What is a Brokerage Window?
January 2000
New ways to trade stocks using your 401(k) and brokerage windows....
Stock Trading: Tax Rules and Strategies
December 1999
Tax advice for full and part time traders....
Stock Tip Lesson: Diversify
November 1999
Wall Street history is a key factor for todays' stock market investors....
After-Hours Trading Revolution
October 1999
The after-hours trading revolution is changing the business of trading securities....
Strategists View on Technology Stocks
September 1999
Stock market strategists recommend the strongest technology stocks among the best opportunities to buy this year....
Mutual Funds Not Always Tax Friendly
July 1999
Learn what savvy investors know about tax loopholes for Mutual Funds...
Investment Managers Urge to Act Quickly
June 1999
Congress is attempting to eliminate several popular tax strategies so Wall Street investment managers are urging clients to act quickly. Many tax-saving techniques may be curbed if some in congress have their way....
Simplify Your Portfolio
May 1999
Ross Levin, Certified Financial Planner, says owning too many funds leads to overlapping investments, high fees and paperwork overload....
Guaranteed Income Contracts (GICs)
April 1999
Stable value funds are a good choice for people who cannot afford to lose any of their principal, says Ray Martin of State Street Global advisers. These funds, also known as Guaranteed Income Contracts or GICs, provide a guaranteed return of principal an...
 

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