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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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Stocks add to gains despite weak bank earnings and dismal economic data

You get recessions, you get stock market declines. If you don’t understand that’s going to happen, then you are not ready and you will not do well in the markets. – Peter Lynch The stock market added to its double-digit gains from the previous week despite grim economic data and weak first quarter earnings from […]

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Stocks rally despite grim economic news

Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50% without becoming panic-stricken, you should not be in the stock market. – Warren Buffett Just when investors thought the news could not get any worse with regard to the coronavirus and the economy, the stock market rebounded to post its best weekly performance since 1974. […]

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S&P 500 falls as Covid-19 takes it toll on the job market

Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth. Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. – John Templeton The stock market succumbed to […]

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S&P 500 surges as Congress passes $2.2 trillion economic relief bill

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, American financial columnist and television commentator, referring to Black Monday on October 19, 1987 On the backs of a $2.2 trillion […]

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Stocks drop as economic outlook worsens due to coronavirus fears

When you have identified your long-term objectives, defined your tolerance for risk, and carefully selected an index fund or a small number of actively managed funds that meet your goals, stay the course. Hold tight. Complicating the investment process merely clutters the mind, too often bringing emotion into a financial plan that cries out for […]

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