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S&P 500 plunges 5% from record high, rebounds to close modestly higher

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., was a professional trader on Wall Street and author By Friday’s close last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

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Stocks post modest losses despite mostly favorable economic data

It’s very difficult for any particular segment of the stock market to sustain superior performance. The watch word for our financial markets is “reversion to the mean”, i.e. what goes up must come down, and it’s true more often than you can imagine. – John Bogle Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average snapped its 5-day […]

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Stocks fall as concerns mount over impact of Delta variant

The first rule of investment is ‘buy low and sell high’, but people fear to buy low because of the fear of the stock dropping even lower. Then you may ask: ‘When is the time to buy low?’ The answer is: When there is maximum pessimism. – Sir John Templeton Trees do not grow to […]

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Despite weak jobs report, S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs

The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. – Warren Buffett The stock market continued its winning ways last week as both the […]

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S&P 500, Nasdaq at record highs after Powell’s dovish comments

While enthusiasm may be necessary for great accomplishments elsewhere, on Wall Street it almost invariably leads to disaster. – Benjamin Graham Both the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at record highs last week as investors cheered Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium last week. The […]

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Stocks close lower on Fed taper anxiety, weak retail sales

If you can follow only one bit of data, follow the earnings – assuming the company in question has earnings. I subscribe to the crusty notion that sooner or later earnings make or break an investment in equities. What the stock price does today, tomorrow or next week is only a distraction. – Peter Lynch […]

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Strong earnings propel Dow, S&P 500 to record highs

We need a mutual fund industry with both vision and values; a vision of fiduciary duty and shareholder service, and values rooted in the proven principles of long-term investing and of trusteeship that demands integrity in serving our clients. – John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group Despite rising Covid-19 case numbers caused by the […]

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Strong earnings propel major stock averages to record highs

The market is a pendulum that forever swings between unsustainable optimism (which makes stocks too expensive) and unjustified pessimism (which makes them too cheap). The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists. – Benjamin Graham It was the tale of two markets last week as all three major stock […]

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Bank earnings strong but stocks close lower on inflation fears

There seems to be an unwritten rule on Wall Street. If you don’t understand it, then put your life savings into it. Shun the enterprise around the corner, which can at least be observed, and seek out the one that manufactures an incomprehensible product. – Peter Lynch The three major stock averages posted record highs […]

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Stocks close higher despite fears over slowing growth, Covid-19 variant

When navigating the financial markets, the long-term investor must keep in mind the four basic dimensions of long-term return – reward, risk, cost and time – and must apply them to every asset class. Never forget that these four dimensions are remarkably interdependent. – John Bogle The stock market overcame fears that economic growth may […]

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