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Scary Bear Market Deja Vu

It’s hard to believe one month ago the Dow Jones average hit a high of 29,551.42. Since then, we’ve experienced a US stock market meltdown and volatility similar to that of 2008. So far, many investors are taking the stock market drop in stride. I think there are four reasons.

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Bonds an Investment Class Worth Some Excitement

“One thing I definitely don’t want in my portfolio is bonds,” a prospective client told me a few weeks ago. “Bonds are boring and don’t give good returns.” Her confidence in her money script that bonds had no place in her portfolio was palpable. However, her understanding of the role bonds play in a portfolio […]

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Pot Pie Portfolio a Tasty Investment Recipe

How can I expect a pot pie—a savory pastry with a mixture of potatoes, vegetables, and beef chunks—to taste like a beef pot roast? Even though beef is an ingredient in a pot pie, no reasonable diner would expect the two meals to taste the same. But that same reasonable diner might be perfectly comfortable […]

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Bonds: Common But Confusing Asset Class

What would you guess is the hardest investment class for most people to understand? You might think it’s stocks, or a subclass of stocks like those of companies in emerging markets. Or how about real estate investment trusts (REITS) that hold various types of investment real estate. Maybe it’s commodities or complex alternative investments like […]

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