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Stocks rise on positive vaccine news & better than expected jobs data

Your success in investing will depend in part on your character and guts, and in part on your ability to realize at the height of ebullience and the depth of despair alike that this too shall pass. – John Bogle There has been a discernible trend in the stock market lately that a down week […]

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S&P 500 falls nearly 3% as Covid-19 cases increase

I don’t think there is anybody who devotes a life to studying and working on the stock market who doesn’t have something of a gambling instinct. – Burton Malkiel, professor emeritus of economics at Princeton University and author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street The stock market picked up last week where it had […]

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Stocks gain on Fed policy announcement, strong retail sales

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 a tale of two markets this past week but when the closing […]

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S&P 500 drops nearly 5% on spike in coronavirus cases, Fed outlook

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. – Warren Buffett Concerns that the stock market had come too far, too fast and was significantly overbought were realized last week as the major stock averages posted their biggest weekly declines since March 20th. While it is difficult to point to […]

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S&P 500 climbs 3% as optimism increases over reopening economy

So please don’t forget that considering the probabilities of future returns only begins the decision-making process. Decisions have consequences. If the consequences of being badly wrong about future returns would imperil your financial future, be conservative. – John Bogle The stock market continued its march higher last week as there was widespread optimism over reopening […]

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Stocks gain on optimism over Covid-19 vaccine

When you start to confuse Freddie Mac, Sallie Mae and Fannie Mae with members of your family, and you remember 2,000 stock symbols but forget the children’s birthdays, there’s a good chance you’ve become too wrapped up in your work. – Peter Lynch Promising phase one trial results reported from biotechnology company Moderna on Monday […]

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Stocks tumble as the economic data goes from bad to worse

The best way to measure your investing success is not by whether you’re beating the market but by whether you’ve put in place a financial plan and a behavioral discipline that are likely to get you where you want to go. – Benjamin Graham All three major stock averages closed lower last week as they […]

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Stocks post solid gains despite historic job losses

The courage to press on regardless – regardless of whether we face calm seas or rough seas, and especially when the market storms howl around us – is the quintessential attribute of the successful investor. – John Bogle The economic data last week focused squarely on the unprecedented number of job losses that the economy […]

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Stocks edge lower in volatile week as tensions with China escalate

You can control your portfolio allocation, your own education, who you choose to listen to, what you choose to read, what evidence you choose to pay attention to, and how you respond to certain events. You cannot control what the Fed does, laws Congress sets, the next jobs report, or whether a company will beat […]

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S&P 500 closes modestly lower as oil prices crater

We live in a very risky world and investors should not get “carried away” with excessive allocations to equities, or for that matter, real estate. As always, asset allocation and low cost and broad diversification will be essential in earning one’s fair share of whatever returns our financial markets are generous enough to bestow upon […]

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