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Strong earnings fail to lift stocks as President Trump is sworn in

An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis, promises safety of principal and a satisfactory return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative. – Benjamin Graham Despite positive economic data and strong quarterly earnings reports, the major stock averages barely budged and ended the week modestly lower. The focus for investors was primarily on […]

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Rally in stocks stalls despite strong earnings, positive economic data

We don’t get paid for activity, just for being right. As to how long we’ll wait, we’ll wait indefinitely. – Warren Buffett The major stock averages were mixed last week as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index edged lower while the Nasdaq Composite Index bucked the trend and rose 1%, closing […]

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S&P 500 closes at record high on positive economic data

The grim irony of investing is that we investors as a group not only don’t get what we pay for, we get precisely what we don’t pay for. – John Bogle The Dow Jones Industrial Average came within one point of reaching the 20,000 milestone on Friday before falling back and ending the day at […]

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Stocks close lower but S&P 500 posts 12% return for 2016

The hard part is discipline, patience, and judgment. Investors need discipline to avoid the many unattractive pitches that are thrown, patience to wait for the right pitch, and judgment to know when it is time to swing. – Seth Klarman In a year that was characterized by surprises and unpredictable events, it should probably be […]

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Stocks close higher but Dow fails to crack 20,000

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. – Warren Buffett While the Dow Jones Industrial Average came close to eclipsing the 20,000 mark last Tuesday, it ultimately fell short in quiet trading and ended the week at 19,933, a gain of about 90 […]

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S&P 500, Nasdaq edge lower as Federal Reserve hikes rates

Value investing is at its core the marriage of a contrarian streak and a calculator. – Seth Klarman The fact that both the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index ended last week virtually flat should be viewed as positive considering the Federal Reserve has become more hawkish and economic data was mostly weaker […]

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S&P 500 closes at record high, fueled by post-election optimism

The idea that a bell rings to signal when investors should get into or out of the market is simply not credible. After nearly 50 years in this business, I do not know of anybody who has done it successfully and consistently. – John Bogle After seeing its winning streak snapped in the prior week, […]

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Post-election rally in stocks stalls as S&P 500 falls 1%

You don’t need to be an expert in order to achieve satisfactory investment returns. But if you aren’t, you must recognize your limitations and follow a course certain to work reasonably well. Keep things simple and don’t swing for the fences. When promised quick profits, respond with a quick ‘no’. – Warren Buffett Both the […]

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S&P 500 closes at record high on post-election optimism

The index fund is a sensible, serviceable method for obtaining the market’s rate of return with absolutely no effort and minimal expense. Index funds eliminate the risks of individual stocks, market sectors and manager selection, leaving only stock market risk. – John Bogle For the third consecutive week, all three of the major stock averages […]

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S&P 500 rises on positive economic data, Trump optimism

The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we should conduct our own affairs. – Warren Buffett Despite headwinds from a stronger U.S. dollar and rising interest rates, stocks continued their upward climb as all three major stock averages added to solid election-week gains. The Russell 2000 Index […]

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