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New Market Highs Not Rare, Don’t Predict Declines

On October 3, 2018, the S&P 500 hit yet another high. This left those who believe in timing markets wondering if they should cash out, as the end must be near. Just seven days later the index fell 4.3% in just two days, which seemed to confirm those fears. Certainly, the market will eventually decline […]

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First Steps on Path to Financial Security

My hunch is that most people would agree they “should” invest for the future. My second hunch is that many of them don’t know how to start and are afraid of making serious mistakes. One of our resident planners, Sterling Gray, summed up that fear eloquently in a post on the KFG blog: “I noticed […]

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Portfolio Performance More Than Beating the Market

Are your investment returns beating the market? That question isn’t as simple to answer as you might think. First of all, “the market” isn’t easy to define. You can compare your investment returns to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but that index is made up of only 30 large companies. If your portfolio is properly […]

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Resist Temptation to Try to Beat the Market

Steve Forbes, editor of the well-respected financial publication Forbes Magazine, once said, “You make more selling advice than following it. It’s one of the things we count on in the magazine business, along with the short memory of our readers.” Scores of publications sell advice on their proprietary investing secrets. In addition, hundreds of thousands […]

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High Returns—For Whom?

Insurance companies are supposed to be in the boring business of pricing the risks that, for example, a certain percentage of people will get into an auto accident, and calculating the average cost of fixing the car and paying the hospital bills. They also calculate that a certain percentage of people of a certain age […]

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