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Author Archives: William Lynch

North Korea fears sink stocks, S&P 500 falls 1.4%

We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for. – Malcolm Gladwell, journalist, author and speaker The Dow Jones Industrial Average didn’t spend much time above the 22,000 milestone. After eclipsing this barrier the previous week, the […]

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Dow closes above 22,000 on continued strong earnings

Investing in a startup does not make you an entrepreneur any more than buying a grand piano makes you a concert pianist. – Jeffrey Fry, author and successful entrepreneur The Dow Jones Industrial Average shattered the 22,000 barrier last week and closed at a record high, gaining more than 1% and marking its 8th straight […]

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Dow closes at record high on strong earnings

In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero… You’d be amazed at how much Warren (Buffett) reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs […]

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Stronger than expected earnings boost stock prices

We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest. – Warren Buffett All three of the major stock averages hit record highs last week but only the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index finished in positive territory. The Nasdaq was so strong that it […]

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Stocks post modest gains on jobs report, improved economic data

Speculation is an effort, probably unsuccessful, to turn a little money into a lot. Investment is an effort, which should be successful, to prevent a lot of money from becoming a little. – Fred Schwed Jr., professional trader and author of the book Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? The major stock averages closed modestly higher […]

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Stocks close lower as global central banks become hawkish

Investors should be skeptical of history-based models. Constructed by a nerdy-sounding priesthood using esoteric terms such as beta, gamma, sigma and the like, these models tend to look impressive. Too often, though, investors forget to examine the assumptions behind the models. Beware of geeks bearing formulas. – Warren Buffett What a difference a week makes. […]

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Nasdaq gains nearly 2% as technology & health care stocks surge

Acknowledge the complexity of the world and resist the impression that you easily understand it. People are too quick to accept conventional wisdom, because it sounds basically true and tends to be reinforced by both their peers and opinion leaders, many of whom have never looked at whether the facts support the received wisdom. It’s […]

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S&P 500 edges slightly higher despite Fed interest rate hike

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. – Warren Buffett Each of the three major stock averages posted different results last week as economic data was decidedly mixed and inconclusive and earnings reports were almost nonexistent. The Dow Jones Industrial […]

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Technology-laden Nasdaq plunges on valuation concerns

It amazes me how people are often more willing to act based on little or no data than to use data that is a challenge to assemble. – Robert Shiller It was a tale of two markets this past week with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index plunging 1.6% and the S&P 500 Index posting only […]

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Major stock averages close at record highs despite lackluster jobs report

Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble. – Warren Buffett All three major stock averages closed at record highs last week as investors continued to hold out hope that economic growth would begin to accelerate, with or without help from President Trump’s pro-growth policies. The year is almost […]

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