Category Archives: Investing

Is the Long-Predicted Stock Market Correction Finally Here?

For several years, many stock market prognosticators have been predicting some sort of decrease in stock prices. They have called this downward move by various names: pullback, correction, price dip, or even more drastic terms like plunge or bear market. … Continue Reading

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The Final Scorecard of Warren Buffett’s “Long Bet”

On July 5, 2017, we reported on the ten-year “long bet” between Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and Ted Seides, a hedge fund manager who was formerly president of Protégé Partners LLC and now managing partner at Hidden Brook … Continue Reading

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What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, … Continue Reading

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Is the “ January Effect ” for Stocks a Real Thing?

If you’ve been around the stock market long enough, you’ve probably heard of the “January Effect,” sometimes called the “January Barometer” or “January Indicator.” The idea is that whatever the S&P 500 does in January foreshadows its performance for the … Continue Reading

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“But Everybody’s Doing It!”

“Investors Yank $150 Billion from Stocks for 3rd Year” “Investors Pull Billions from US Stocks in Longest Outflow Streak since 2004” “Investors Yank Billions out of Market Following Trump’s Tax Bill Win” What do these three headlines have in common? … Continue Reading

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Bitcoin: Boon or Bane? Cryptocurrency Basics

If you never heard of Bitcoin until late in 2017, you’re in the majority. Bitcoin, a “virtual currency” invented in 2009 by a person or persons using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, rose from a value equal to about $1,000 per … Continue Reading

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Paying Off Your Mortgage: Is It Worth It?

In previous times, people approaching retirement were also looking forward to having a debt-free home. In fact, retiring and paying off the mortgage became almost simultaneous rites of passage for those who had spent the previous thirty years or more … Continue Reading

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The Surprising Resiliency of the Stock Market

A recent report from J. P. Morgan Asset Management highlights a number of interesting facts, including this one: the S&P 500 index has exhibited a positive intra-year return in twenty-eight of the last thirty-seven years. In other words, 75 percent … Continue Reading

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Emerging Markets: What You Should Know

With the US stock market hanging around all-time highs, and with the nagging prospect of at least slightly higher interest rates, many investors are wondering how much more upside can be expected from domestic stocks. Others are eyeing overseas markets–particularly … Continue Reading

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The Stock Market or Real Estate?

Almost everyone knows the three most important factors for investing in real estate: location, location, and location. Certainly, over the last several years, we have seen wildly different changes in the value of both residential and commercial real estate, with … Continue Reading

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