“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” – Mark Twain The 1st quarter of 2018 is already over and it was an interesting 3 months to say the least. If we look at 2017, the fact that we had only a little bit of volatility is the exception. Most years there’s over ten percent declines at some point during the year. Which is something ... Read More
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall” – Confucius The last few days have seen lots of headlines and news about the markets, and you may be wondering what this all means. History has shown that investors are rewarded for steady nerves and long term vision. If you’;re in your 60s and 70s, hopefully you still have many years in front of you, so your vision should be long term. Volatility is normal, and the low volatility we’ve seen in the past few years is the exception, not the norm! Click ... Read More
“Happy Families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina There is plenty to be happy about this year, as almost across the board the unmanaged stock and bond market indexes were up. International markets as well. I get asked all the time “when is the market going to crash?” and “how bad will it be?”. They’re the wrong question. And I use an analogy of a marriage and disagreements to make my point. Below is my end of the year video, where I outline my thoughts on 2017, and ... Read More
“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge” – Confucius The 3rd quarter of 2017 is over, and it was another good one. Practically every non-managed stock market index was up, in almost every sector. The markets perform in one of three ways — up, down, and sideways. After a few years of a sideways market, since the election we’ve seen a fairly steady and consistent up market, reaching new highs almost daily. In my video, I address the need to ignore negative naysayers, as there are always doomsday prophesiers willing ... Read More
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged, price-weighted index of 30 large capitalization stocks with dividends reinvested.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (“S&P 500”) is an unmanaged, market capitalization weighted index of 500 widely held stocks, with dividends reinvested, and is often used as a proxy for the stock market.
The Nasdaq Composite is an unmanaged, market capitalization weighted index of stocks listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, and are reported as price return without reinvestment of dividends.
Indexes are often used as a proxy for the stock market and cannot be invested in directly.