2020 Market Review - No One Expected it to Be Like That

2020 Market Review - No One Expected it to Be Like That

Investments

Welcome to 2021! I’m sure nobody reading this needs me to remind them that 2020 was a difficult year and one that many would just as soon forget. I want to make the case that forgetting the investment events of...

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Post Election Perspective on Markets

Post Election Perspective on Markets

Investments

A lot has happened so far in 2020.  You can say that for every year, but 2020 took it to a new level with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated upheavals to our lives and financial markets.  Add to that a...

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3 Investment Questions You Might Be Wondering and How to (or not) Respond

3 Investment Questions You Might Be Wondering and How to (or not) Respond

Investments

Last weekend I was listening to a podcast where the host was interviewing an investment manager from a large Wall Street investment firm.  The manager was touting the success of his pre-2020 prediction that...

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3 Important Investment Lessons for Today

3 Important Investment Lessons for Today

Investments

You probably don’t need me to remind you that it’s been about six months since the new Covid-sponsored reality has taken hold.  But maybe it is worth pausing to reflect and wonder aloud, “has it really been that...

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Is It International’s Time to Shine?

Is It International’s Time to Shine?

Investments

January 2020

Flash back to January 2020. The U.S. economy was booming. Unemployment stood at 3.6%. The stock market was on a record 10 year run in which the S&P 500 had outperformed its international developed...

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How to Be Confident When Markets Can’t Be Explained

How to Be Confident When Markets Can’t Be Explained

Investments

A question we’ve heard from many of you in recent months and weeks generally follows the theme of wondering how or why stock prices have recovered so much and so quickly since March, despite so much uncertainty...

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7 Questions 3M Employees Need to Answer

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Inflation Part 2: Investing for an Inflationary Environment

Inflation Part 2: Investing for an Inflationary Environment

Investments

I recently dedicated a whole piece to why the recent “money printing” to stimulate the economy is unlikely to lead to run-away inflation.  So, why am I following it up with a piece about how to invest for an...

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Inflation Part 1: Will “Money Printing” Cause Inflation?

Inflation Part 1: Will “Money Printing” Cause Inflation?

Investments

Depending on the day lately, you might see a study or expert cite one of two points. Either inflation is a thing of the past, or all this “money printing” is setting us up for higher inflation in the future. ...

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Dollar Cost Averaging Your Way to Success

Dollar Cost Averaging Your Way to Success

Personal Finance Investments

A Note from PrairieView: Dan Weiss, the author of this post, recently completed his Master’s in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University. Upon graduation, he was named the Outstanding Student Award winner...

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There’s no “All Clear” Notification

There’s no “All Clear” Notification

Investments

Imagine a world where you don’t wake up in the morning to a plethora of headlines – some positive, the overwhelming majority negative, but collectively confusing and overwhelming – accompanied by stock prices...

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Tax Loss Harvesting

Tax Loss Harvesting

Investments Tax Planning

With the recent downturn in the markets, you may have heard us mention the phrase “Tax Loss Harvesting”. Before I dive into the myriad benefits of tax loss harvesting, I think it’s important to mention the...

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Making Sense of Everything

Making Sense of Everything

Investments

The last six weeks have seen the economy, markets, and more importantly, our lives, change dramatically with little notice.  Uncertainty about the near future has reached historic levels.  We’ve seen this before...

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