Many investors are less than enthused about the current valuations of traditional investments like stocks and bonds. After a decade-long bull market where the S&P 500 averaged more than 16% per year as of April, stocks are trading at historically high valuations. Bonds are offering very low yields compared to prior decades and the Federal…

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If you have been paying attention to your investment accounts, you may have noticed that the stock market has fallen dramatically this quarter. The S&P 500 closed at 2,924 on Oct. 1, and by Christmas it was down to 2,351. This represents an almost 20 percent decrease. Consequently, the value of your investments likely significantly…

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The last quarter of 2018 has been very volatile for stocks, compared to the last several years of relative calm. This has made many investors nervous and potentially caused them to rethink their investment strategy. However, any investor who is surprised by recent volatility doesn’t really understand the historical movement of stock markets.   It…

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Once we help our clients determine their appropriate allocation to stocks, we generally encourage them to stay invested and ignore short-term corrections. However, if you are trying to decide a good entry point for money that is on the sidelines, certain historical trends indicate that now could be a good time to invest.   The…

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After an extended period of steadily rising markets and low volatility, October was a very bad month for stocks. The S&P 500 fell about 10 percent from the beginning of the month before finishing the month down 7.3 percent. The technology-laden NASDAQ index fell even further before finishing down about 9 percent.   Many investors…

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Ever since the start of the huge bull market in the 1980s and 1990s, the 60/40 portfolio was a great way to reduce the volatility in one’s portfolio. The bond portion of the portfolio would spit out 6 to 8 percent yields and, just as importantly, the bonds would tend to rally and yields would…

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Benjamin Graham, who is generally viewed as Warren Buffet’s mentor, has several rules about investing. One of his main rules is to always invest with a margin of safety. In other words, invest in stocks at a price that is low relative to a stock’s earnings and at a price that is less than the…

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Hopefully you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend with the knowledge that your stock investments have done well so far this year. Through the end of August 2018, the S&P 500 has gained 9 percent and the Russel 2000, which is comprised of smaller companies, is up 13 percent. If you are wondering why the…

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When looking for more stability and higher yields, many investors are turning to preferred stocks. These securities have some characteristics of regular stocks but also have some characteristics of bonds. According to Barrons, they are currently paying higher yields than junk bonds at an approximate rate of 6 percent. Many of these stocks are issued…

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