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Category Archives: The Fed

S&P 500 Index closes at record high as Omicron fears subside

Over the last few decades, investors’ timeframes have shrunk. They’ve become obsessed with quarterly returns. In fact, technology now enables them to become distracted by returns on a daily basis, and even minute-by-minute. Thus one way to gain an advantage is by ignoring the ‘noise’ created by the manic swings of others and focusing on […]

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Stocks tumble on Omicron fears, shift in Fed policy

Much success can be attributed to inactivity. Most investors cannot resist the temptation to constantly buy and sell. – Warren Buffett The worrisome spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the prospect of tighter monetary policy by the Federal Reserve were too much for the stock market to overcome last week as the S&P […]

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S&P 500 closes at all-time high despite hotter than expected CPI

In a rising market, everyone makes money and a value philosophy is unnecessary. But because there is no certain way to predict what the market will do, one must follow a value philosophy at all times. – Seth Klarman, American hedge fund manager Stocks rebounded strongly last week as concerns about the spread of the […]

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S&P 500 posts gain on strong retail earnings, retail sales data

Bubbles are brutal…they force us to decide to either look like an idiot before the crash, or look like an idiot after it. – John Hussman, American economist and hedge fund manager The S&P 500 Index resumed its upward climb last week with modest gains and closed at an all-time high as retail sales data […]

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Stocks retreat on China data, Ukraine tensions

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford After reaching record high levels the previous week, the broad-based S&P 500 Index pulled back last week despite better than expected retail sales and a drop in jobless claims. In a difficult […]

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record…

It has been a problem since the dawn of the retail brokerage business: Brokers have a strong incentive to get customers to trade when it might be in clients’ interests to do nothing. – Business Week, July 14, 1997     At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke […]

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