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Archive for February, 2018


Switch Your Investment Focus from Growth to Value

Unless the stock market stages an unexpected late rally, the month of February 2018 will be the first February since the 2008 market crash where stocks have gone down instead of up. Inflation is gaining momentum and interest rates are about to go up from years of historic lows. The unique financial conditions of the last several years have been ideal for high tech growth stocks, the FANG group especially. But, now that conditions are changing, growth stocks are overpriced and at risk for a major correction. The better choice for many investors is to move into value stocks and […]

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Will You Lose Money When the Interest Rate Goes Up?

The investor community is fretting over interest rates. Inflation is creeping up and the US Federal Reserve is likely to keep raising rates. When rates creep up, the stock market heads down. And if you hold long term bonds they will continue to pay the current low rate even as new bonds pay more. That means you will either sell them at a loss or hold them with their low yield until maturity. Depending on the positioning of your investment portfolio, will you lose money when interest rates to up?
Short versus Long Term Bonds
We recently wrote about tax free municipal […]

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Are There Too Many High Tech Stocks in the S&P 500?

Last year we asked if you were an active or passive investor. As the stock market approaches or perhaps has reached a turning point is there a problem with passive investing in index funds that track the S&P 500?
As the stock market rally grows older the time will come when the high tech and large cap stocks that are leading will have problems. Then passive investors who simply put money in a fund that tracks the S&P 500 will be in trouble.
Solid fundamental analysis will tell today’s investor to diversify his or her portfolio and look for investments like consumer […]

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How to Protect Your Retirement Savings before the US Economy Implodes Again

Far too many investors were essentially wiped out in the 2008 economic collapse. Those who got back into the stock market and invested well have ridden a historic bull market to impressive gains. The real estate market has also largely recovered and benefitted those who bought when prices were at a rock bottom. But, no bull market lasts forever. We saw a little bit of that prophecy come true in the last couple of weeks as stocks corrected impressively. In this article we are not so much concerned with how far the market will rise again or how quickly it […]

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Are Tax Free Municipal Bonds a Good Idea?

For years a tried and true investment was a tax free municipal bond. If you were in a high tax bracket you could write off your federal taxes and sometimes even your state and local taxes on the interest gained. With a carefully chosen bond you could get a better return than with a US Treasury. And in an era when the top tax rate was 89% it made perfect sense to go the tax free municipal bond route. Now there is talk of fixing America’s ailing infrastructure using seed money from the federal government and bonds issued by state […]

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Three Ways to Protect Your Investments in a Bear Market

Stock markets across the globe plunged at the beginning of the week . They recovered somewhat and then resumed their slide today. More and more analysts are saying that a bear market is on the doorstep. CNBC warns of a big bear market.
The dramatic stock market sell-off earlier this week should be viewed as a turning point, according to analysts.
“Our ongoing concerns about the recovery’s tenure have been thrown into sharper focus by the steepest market sell-off since the credit crunch,” Eoin Murray, head of investment at Hermes Investment Management, said in a research note published Thursday.
On Monday, the Dow […]

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End of Bitcoin or an Opportunity to Buy?

Is this the long-predicted end of bitcoin or an opportunity to buy before the price skyrockets again? A couple of weeks ago we asked will bitcoin survive the crackdown. Governmental regulation has always been a background threat to cryptocurrencies as the feeding frenzy continues and we asked what should bitcoin be worth. Now, it would appear that investors are taking seriously the risk of governmental intervention and regulation. Reuters reports that the cryptocurrency selloff intensifies as bitcoin and others fall.
The currencies have come off their lows but analysts said the sell-off was probably not over.
This week’s slump brought the total […]

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