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Friday, November 19, 2021

The U.S. economy is on fire, yet all investors and the media seem to want to talk about these days is inflation. Is this risk real, and if so, what can we do to protect and prosper while prices keep rising higher?

Friday, November 12, 2021

My family moved around a lot when I was young, but no matter where we were living, we made the pilgrimage to Rockford, Illinois each year to visit our extended family. One of my fondest memories was waking up at the crack of dawn on...

Friday, November 5, 2021

Natural selection drives economies and markets as it does the wild, and it’s unlikely this will ever change. But how we perceive the harsh cruelties within each can determine whether we see risk or opportunity.

Friday, October 29, 2021

On October 19th 1987, the S&P 500 dropped over 20%. Given the eerily similar parallel between the stock market’s climb this year and the price action leading into Black Monday, is history about to repeat itself?

Friday, October 22, 2021

The first ever bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is finally here, and initial demand has been off the charts. However, it’s unclear how many early adopters of this ETF realize that they don’t actually own bitcoin.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

The economy continued to print numbers in the third quarter that during any other time in history could be mistaken for typos. On a relative basis, we haven’t seen growth like this since post World War II. But high growth rates...

Friday, October 8, 2021

The Treasury Department is predicting the government will run out of cash in less than two weeks unless the debt ceiling is raised. If not, the U.S. could default on its debt, and if so, what could happen next?

Friday, October 1, 2021

The market’s response to crisis has been surprisingly favorable over the last three decades, but participating along the way has required much more than simply “staying the course.”

Friday, September 24, 2021

One of China’s largest property developers is on the brink of collapse, and it’s conjuring memories of the days before Lehman Brothers failed. Could this ignite yet another debt-fueled global financial crisis?

Friday, September 17, 2021

There appear to be more financial and investing myths than there are truths. Dispelling all of them could take a lifetime, so let’s just focus on a few common ones that can get knocked out quickly. Never invest in all-time highs....

Friday, September 10, 2021

Investing affords the opportunity to learn something new every day. Here are ten lessons that have helped guide my investment philosophy and decision-making process over the years.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

One of the most coveted Wall Street darlings in history emerged in the 1990s and rose to meteoric heights. This firm had a reputation for hiring the best talent, outmaneuvering competition, and making shareholders a lot of money....

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Charles Darwin said that it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. It’s time investors consider new strategies to navigate the financial jungle.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The Federal Reserve Bank is not short on critics, and the controversy surrounding them often feels comparable to a daytime soap opera. What does the Fed do, and why does the world care so much?

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Growth and value investors are often as far apart philosophically as Democrats and Republicans. Why so much controversy, and are the chances of bipartisanship any better in the stock market than in D.C.?

Thursday, August 5, 2021

J.P. Morgan conducted an analysis to determine the frequency of catastrophic losses. How can investors protect against this risk and better position themselves to hit more home runs?

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a popular stock index used to track the broader U.S. equity market. It fell over 700 points last Monday for its worst day since October, which compelled the media to do what they do.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Markets calmed down somewhat during the second quarter, but that doesn’t imply smooth sailing from here. If anything, less drama has opened the door to fiery debates on the direction of the economy and financial markets. The...

Friday, July 9, 2021

Back in October 2019, Charles Schwab followed Robinhood and eliminated trading commissions. There are no free lunches in this business, so how are discount brokers like Schwab making money if what they broker is now free?

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The growth in “ethical” investing has taken off, and there is little evidence that this trend will slow down anytime soon. But how well does it work, and what risks come along with these strategies?

Thursday, June 24, 2021

One of the best features of financial markets is the diversity in which participants can succeed. And while there is much debate over which strategy works the best, a better approach is to determine which works the best for you....

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Blaise Pascal was a brilliant seventeenth century mathematician and philosopher. He was also a devout Catholic and devised a compelling argument for why one should believe in God. His case was predicated on the notion that while it's...

Thursday, June 10, 2021

There’s a long list of investment strategies and products that may look good on paper but can create significant risk. Making matters worse, they are accessible to nearly anyone with a brokerage account.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Warren Buffett has built unimaginable wealth by following a strategy predicated on patience, discipline, and compounding. What can we learn from his success to help get us closer to our financial goals?

Thursday, May 20, 2021

While the economy appears to be recovering and the government is preparing to spend at levels unseen since post World War II, the elephant in the room must be addressed. How will we ever pay back all this debt, and if so, when?

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Let’s examine five trends developing right now that are inextricably linked and could provide clues into how the world will look in the coming years. None of these can match the excitement of meme stocks or over-levered hedge...

Friday, May 7, 2021

The housing market is on fire and stoking fears of another bubble. What is causing this boom, and how similar is today to what ultimately led the U.S. into one of the worst recessions in history?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Dividends have played a significant role in equity returns over the past 50 years. Given the outperformance of dividend-paying stock versus those that do not, should investors solely focus on portfolios that emphasize dividends?

Thursday, April 22, 2021

There was no shortage of drama during the first quarter of 2021. There are several trends developing in the undercurrents of financial markets that must be watched very closely. It's imperative to keep a mindful eye on what lurks beneath.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Internet and regulation democratized access to information, but this has arguably created bigger problems for investors. How do we consume all of it, can we trust who’s creating it, and how can it make us better informed?

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Robert Shiller is an economist at Yale University and is regarded as a leading expert on housing. His analysis concludes that real estate generally keeps pace with inflation but seldom offers any return above1. Returns look even less...

Friday, March 26, 2021

Given the unprecedented monetary and fiscal response over the last year, many pundits are prophesizing a return to 1970s style inflation. Could this really happen, and if so, how should investors prepare their portfolios?

Friday, March 19, 2021

Here are ten investing lessons that I’ve had to learn the hard way during my career. Most of these were the direct result of making stupid mistakes or relying too heavily on formulas rather than intuition. Hopefully these will...

Friday, March 12, 2021

Panic selling is almost always a bad idea, but staying invested through turbulent times is easier said than done. Let’s look to one of the greatest comedic characters of all time for advice on how to handle market volatility.

Friday, March 5, 2021

It’s that time of year. Snow is melting, March Madness is approaching, and springtime rains will soon pave the way for May flowers. It’s also when most Americans compile endless paperwork, organize receipts, and meet with...

Friday, February 26, 2021

The stock market has had a strong start to the year, but recent all-time highs followed by volatility in closely watched sectors appear to be fueling fears of an imminent correction. Will one happen, and if so, when?

Friday, February 12, 2021

Meme stocks, cryptocurrencies, and Elon Musk tweets continue to dominate page one headlines. But there are far more important stories and trends developing that are being ignored by the media.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Meme stock mania continued this week, and investors don’t appear to be laughing. Could this movement create enough momentum to fuel another dot-com style bubble, and if so, when could it burst?

Friday, January 29, 2021

On January 6th, shares of Signal Advance (ticker: SIGL) closed at $0.60. The next day, Elon Musk tweeted “Use Signal” to his loyal followers, and the stock closed at $3.76 for a jaw dropping gain of 627%. There was just one...

Friday, January 22, 2021

Last year will go down as one of the worst ever for economic activity but also as one of the best for markets. These two extremes expose a paradox facing investors that likely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Friday, January 15, 2021

The decision by large technology companies to ban President Trump and Parler created a firestorm of controversy this week. Could this be the tipping point for Big Tech, and if so, what are the implications for shareholders?

Friday, January 8, 2021

Joe Biden is going to be the next President of the United States, and it appears that the Democrats will also win both the House and Senate. How will this “blue wave” impact investors, and what can they do to prepare for this sea change?

Friday, December 18, 2020

Active vs. Passive Active investing attempts to outperform a benchmark or mitigate a risk. For example, a manager aiming to beat the S&P 500 may own a higher percentage of technology stocks than the S&P 500 if her analysis concludes...

Friday, December 11, 2020

It’s that time of year when investors anxiously await predictions from the brightest minds on Wall Street. What can we learn from this prestigious group, and will they bring good fortune?

Friday, December 4, 2020

Investors appear to be breathing a collective sigh of relief after news that more than one COVID-19 vaccine is days away from regulatory approval. But is the stock market getting ahead of itself?

Friday, November 20, 2020

Milestones Google provides a service called Trends1, which graphically displays the popularity of a search phrase over time. The chart below is a trend report on “Dow 30,000” and the blue dotted line indicates that recent...

Friday, November 13, 2020

It’s Back The chart below depicts the meteoric rise in bitcoin this year. As of November 12th, one bitcoin will cost over $16,000, which is a price the world hasn’t seen since late 2017. This has prompted more than one...

Friday, October 30, 2020

Hurdles Tax policy has taken center stage in the final days before the U.S. presidential election. The polls show Biden with a commanding lead, and many investors fear this will result in higher taxes. However, there are four hurdles...

Friday, September 18, 2020

Technology has a long history of disrupting industries by replacing human labor with machines and software, and financial services is not immune. Will the surge in “robo investing” replace traditional advisors one day?

Friday, August 7, 2020

Rising stock prices can create challenges for companies and investors. To alleviate these high-class problems, boardrooms often authorize a stock split. What exactly is a stock split, and how does it work?

Friday, July 10, 2020

The uncertainty facing investors has arguably never been higher. While this may be viewed as a harbinger for safety, this is also when opportunity is the most abundant for patient investors with a strong stomach.

Friday, May 1, 2020

April will go down as one of the worst months ever for economic activity. It will also be remembered as one of the best months for stocks. This paradox has many perplexed. Who could be buying right now with so much uncertainty? Recent...

Monday, April 27, 2020

Last year was a banner year for U.S. stocks. All sectors within the S&P 500 generated double-digit returns. Now that the stock market continues to reach new highs, is it time to ring the register? Nothing Lasts Forever Last year was a...

Friday, March 27, 2020

Many feel that our country is at war. If we run with this metaphor, then what matter most right now is some sign that we are winning the war. There are two current developments that could turn the tide. It’s War “May you...

Friday, March 20, 2020

When asked how “the market” is doing, the question invariably refers to the performance of the S&P 500 index. However, the stock market and any index that tracks it are rarely appropriate benchmarks for investors. The...

Friday, March 6, 2020

The surprising level of panic from the coronavirus pandemic is reminiscent of 2008. Is this a warning sign to investors that another financial crisis is on the horizon? Another Crisis The coronavirus pandemic has sparked an...