Bear Markets are Not Enjoyable but Brighter Days are Ahead

Bear Markets are Not Enjoyable but Brighter Days are Ahead

Investments

It’s been a difficult year for financial markets. All three quarters this year have experienced negative returns for stock prices, higher interest rates and resulting lower bond prices, and more question marks...

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Current Market Decline - Are We There Yet?

Current Market Decline - Are We There Yet?

Investments

Like the seemingly endless summer road trip, the current decline in financial market prices feels like it is lasting forever. It isn’t hard to imagine ourselves in the back seat shouting at the driver, “Are we...

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What to Do in a Bear Market*

What to Do in a Bear Market*

Investments

Nothing.

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Setting Realistic Investment Risk Expectations

Setting Realistic Investment Risk Expectations

Investments

Only three months into the new year and it feels like a year’s worth of events have already happened in the economy and financial markets.

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Setting Normal Investment Expectations

Setting Normal Investment Expectations

Investments

A CEO of a large investment firm once told a story about a dinner conversation with the head of a large investment fund.  

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A Short Note on Market Perspective

A Short Note on Market Perspective

Investments

Well, this doesn’t feel good. Many of us came into 2022 thinking, “This is the year!” The pandemic looked to be easing. Supply chain problems were going to get better so we could get our stuff sooner. Sure, we’ve...

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7 Questions 3M Employees Need to Answer

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29 Reasons Stocks Shouldn't Have Gone Up in 2021

29 Reasons Stocks Shouldn't Have Gone Up in 2021

Investments

Investment markets’ ability to seemingly defy expectations continued in 2021. There were probably 7,296 reasons why stocks shouldn’t have gone up in a straight line. I’m exaggerating slightly, but here’s an...

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Harnessing the Power of Inflation with I Bonds

Harnessing the Power of Inflation with I Bonds

Personal Finance Investments

On financial and other media outlets, you typically find talk of the next impending doomsday. Recently, the Armageddon is inflation. There is truth to the increase in prices, as anyone who has been to the...

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There Are No Facts About the Future

There Are No Facts About the Future

Investments

 

Fact: The S&P 500 has experienced 54 record highs in 2021.

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HSA Funds: To Spend or Not to Spend (a.k.a. Invest)

HSA Funds: To Spend or Not to Spend (a.k.a. Invest)

Personal Finance Investments

In my early teens, I went on a community service trip in Ecuador. Each night, we gathered in a circle and reflected on our day, a famous quote, philosophical question, etc.

One night, we were asked, “Is it better...

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A Breath of Fresh Air in Current Markets

A Breath of Fresh Air in Current Markets

Investments

After the Great Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008 and 2009 much was written about how troubling it was that diversification1 no longer worked. This conclusion was drawn since all stocks moved in the same downward...

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Keeping Inflation in Perspective

Keeping Inflation in Perspective

Investments

We hear a lot of questions about inflation lately. It’s understandable. It’s nearly impossible to avoid seeing or hearing mention of it in financial, business, or even popular media these days. Unfortunately, it’s...

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