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There's China and Then the Rest of the World

January 1, 2016

Yesterday, the Federal government released the latest employment report. It was a shocking 40% higher than last month!  The employment report is a major indicator how healthy our economy is.  More employment translates into a growing economy,...

Best Interest

November 24, 2015

Imagine that you are the captain of a whaling ship in the 18th century. The financial benefits of successful trips generated significant wealth, but the downside was leaving your family and property for months on end. You need a reliable, trustworthy...

We See What We Want to See

October 16, 2015

Something funny happens when we make up our minds about a particular idea.  We start looking for evidence to support our idea or theory.  But in the process, we tend to ignore anything that contradicts our thinking. Often we go looking...

Stock Market Behavior When Interest Rate Rise

September 16, 2015

Since 1920, during the twelve months after interest rates rose, stocks rose 13 out of 16 times.  The average gain for the S&P 500 index (stocks) was 16.2%. For the thirty-year period 1951-1981. interest rates went up from 2.5% to 18%...

Can You Feel It?

August 27, 2015

Notice the different reactions on the faces of people riding a roller coaster. Behavioral economists tell us that investors feel the pain of loss about three times more than we enjoy the gain. It is just being human.The benefit of this area of research...

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