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July 4, 2020

A Tribute to America

Independence Day, July 4th, 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is the United States of America. I was born on July 4, 1776, conceived in freedom and liberty. That freedom has brought millions to my shores to cast their lot with me. It has also given human incentive its widest scope. Now, just 244 years later, I am a diverse, multilingual country that is bound together by a single language, English. The dominant language of the business world, of the Internet world, and the second language for most of the world. Who would have believed that 60% of the world’s […]
July 2, 2020

Not Locking Down

A report from First Trust Advisors, L.P.: A resurgence of new Coronavirus cases around the country has created uncertainty for investors. Stock markets fell last week, not because of the virus, but because investors fear another round of economy-killing, government-mandated lockdowns. We don’t expect that to happen, but when the government is involved, risks are definitely higher. After the peak in early April, the seven-day moving average for new cases bottomed on June 9 at 21,282. Since then, they’ve surged, hitting 39,662 per day in the seven days through yesterday. That’s an 86% increase in only 19 days. (Daily volatility […]
July 4, 2020

A Tribute to America

Independence Day, July 4th, 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is the United States of America. I was born on July 4, 1776, conceived in freedom and liberty. That freedom has brought millions to my shores to cast their lot with me. It has also given human incentive its widest scope. Now, just 244 years later, I am a diverse, multilingual country that is bound together by a single language, English. The dominant language of the business world, of the Internet world, and the second language for most of the world. Who would have believed that 60% of the world’s […]
July 2, 2020

Not Locking Down

A report from First Trust Advisors, L.P.: A resurgence of new Coronavirus cases around the country has created uncertainty for investors. Stock markets fell last week, not because of the virus, but because investors fear another round of economy-killing, government-mandated lockdowns. We don’t expect that to happen, but when the government is involved, risks are definitely higher. After the peak in early April, the seven-day moving average for new cases bottomed on June 9 at 21,282. Since then, they’ve surged, hitting 39,662 per day in the seven days through yesterday. That’s an 86% increase in only 19 days. (Daily volatility […]
March 19, 2020

React… by not Reacting

We know when there is global panic, it can’t help but to spill over into our families. We know a lot of people are concerned. While we haven’t had a ton of panicked client calls, (we are proactively dialing out as fast as we can), and our clients tell us repeatedly, “you have trained us well”, we have had a few folks who are nervous about current events. And those few prompted this outreach. It’s natural to fear the unknown. We are all human. And when “they” yell long enough, and loud enough, that the sky is falling, we all […]
March 12, 2020

Investment Strategy vs. Managing Investments… Aesop on Finance – Part Five

When it comes to investing, almost everyone would agree that it is smart to have an investment strategy. Using a strategy, as opposed to “just winging it” or “going with your gut”, can help prevent you from making decisions based on emotions or snap judgments. That’s important, because emotional decisions can cause people to experience more volatility and take on more risk than they can afford. That is why I always ask prospective clients, “What’s your investment strategy?” Some people blink and admit they don’t have one. Others just shrug and say, “A little of this, a little of that.” […]