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Don’t Lose Your Balance

Back in July I wrote an article for the Times Standard about the importance for investors to have a written investment policy statement.  Writing it down helps you understand yourself as an investor, helps define your goals and risk tolerance and leads to your optimal asset allocation.

Investing in Climate Change

Wildfires are raging through California, which you don’t expect in November.  The Camp Fire outside of Chico has laid waste to the town of Paradise, home to 27,000 people[1].  Where are they going?  Who’s going to pay them to rebuild or relocate?  These fires are the latest in what’s become a yearly devastation

What Midterms Mean to The Markets

I read an interesting article in the October 1st issue of Barron’s recently[1].  The topic was “Midterms and Markets”, which makes sense as we’re three weeks away from the midyear elections themselves.  The gist of the article was what can investors expect?   Normally, the midterms are dreadful

What Midterms Mean to The Markets

I read an interesting article in the October 1st issue of Barron’s recently[1].  The topic was “Midterms and Markets”, which makes sense as we’re three weeks away from the midyear elections themselves.  The gist of the article was what can investors expect?   Normally, the midterms are dreadful

What Midterms Mean to The Markets

I read an interesting article in the October 1st issue of Barron’s recently[1].  The topic was “Midterms and Markets”, which makes sense as we’re three weeks away from the midyear elections themselves.  The gist of the article was what can investors expect?   Normally, the midterms are dreadful

2018

It’s not a secret that we’re coming off of a great year for the stock markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 25%, the S&P 500 19.5%, and he tech heavy NASDAQ saw 28% gains in 2017i1. That’s the 21st best year of the 118 recorded since 19002. And it’s not just here.

Investing in Necessities

Investing in Necessities

 

Sell in May

 

Petrodollars

In 1944, at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, 44 war-battered countries accepted the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency.  That made it the currency of global commerce.  In exchange, the US agreed to make the dollar forever convertible to gold at $35 an ounce.  Back then, the US had 80% or the world’s gold reserves; about 21 million tons.  So it was only natura

Doom of the Boomers

Depending on who you listen to, somewhere between 77 million to 82 million baby boomers were born between January 1, 1946 and December 31, 1964.  Rounding off, let’s call it 4 million births a year.  The best estimates have 65 million boomers still alive, but when you add in immigration, there are currently around 80 million people of boomer age in the United States.

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