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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Budget agreement and debt ceiling derail stock market

It’s just your money. It’s not your life. The figures on a broker’s report mean little compared to that. The people who loved you a week ago still love you today. – Louis Rukeyser – referring to Black Monday Oct. 19, 1987 So far all of the major events that could have negatively impacted the […]

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Fed postpones taper, stocks applaud news

  Roaming the world as a foreign correspondent for more than a decade, I was able to observe how a variety of vastly different nations organized themselves economically. The inescapable conclusion was that no politician anywhere on the planet has ever actually created a rupee’s worth of prosperity. – Louis Rukeyser, Nov. 1996                                                                                                                       In […]

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Stocks resilient as they climb a wall of worry

The investment business is, by definition, a business of hope. Everyone hopes that he can beat the market, even if few people actually can. – Avi Nachmany     With news that a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria would be possible and that military conflict would probably be avoided, a sense of calm returned to […]

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Stocks close higher on favorable economic data

I own last year’s top performing funds. Unfortunately, I bought them this year. – Anonymous Maybe the month of September isn’t so scary after all. Since 1950, the worst month of the year for stock performance has been September, with an average negative total return. Although we have a long way to go before the […]

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Possible military conflict in Syria unnerves markets

There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can. – Mark Twain As if investors did not have enough to worry about already, talk of a possible military strike against Syria unnerved the markets last week and promises to add to the […]

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