Surprise is the best way to summarize 2016. We had many surprises throughout the year. As we talk about surprise who could forget Ralph Kramden of the Honeymooners walking into his apartment in anticipation of a surprise party for him grabbing his chest and saying ”Oh what a surprise” only to find out there was … Continue reading Oh What a Surprise!
Surprise is the best way to summarize 2016. We had many surprises throughout the year. As we talk about surprise, who could forget Ralph Kramden of the Honeymooners walking into his apartment in anticipation of a surprise party for him grabbing his chest and saying ”Oh what a surprise” only to find out there … Continue reading Oh What a Surprise
A quote from the TV show “The West Wing”. “This guy’s walking down the street when he falls into a hole. The walls are so steep that he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it … Continue reading What To Do Now?
We have had the worst start in the US stock market to the year since 1928. It all started from China where they experienced the worst start ever in their market. One of the issues in China was their circuit breakers. They installed circuit breakers (market closes with a 5% loss) into their market … Continue reading It’s been a Long Year This Week…
Last week the House and Senate approved a budget legislation that will end two popular Social Security claiming strategies: “filing for a restricted claim of spousal benefit” and “file and suspend”. The trustees of the Social Security System finances predicted that in this year’s annual report they will run out of money by 2034. According … Continue reading Major Changes to Social Security
Isis penetrating through the Middle East. Russia invading Ukraine. Oil prices sinking to the lowest levels since 2009. Europe showing signs of recession. In spite of these surprises, the US stock market rose to new all-time highs last year. It is said that the market climbs the wall of worry. Well the world has … Continue reading Past Surprises and Looking Ahead
This metaphor traces back to the Shakespearian play, Julius Caeser, when a conspirator quizzically ask about Cicero’s attitude towards Caeser’s bizarre new regal behavior. Going into Sunday’s referendum, Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, in a call for patriotism appealed to his citizens to vote no. The consensus from the news stories … Continue reading It’s Greek to Me
For those runners out there, the cold winter months cause us to run indoors. There you are on a treadmill watching TV, reading a book or just getting into your groove on the treadmill because it’s too cold to run outside. What you’re doing is actually running in place. Well similar to the indoor … Continue reading Running in Place
Offense vs. Defense. The Super Bowl matched the best offensive team vs. the best defensive team. This was supposed to be the Super Bowl for the ages. However, we saw the defense win out and by the fourth quarter the commercials were the most interesting part of the game. What does this have to … Continue reading Super Bowl & the Market
We have seen some volatility in the market over the last few weeks. Some of the newscasters on TV are sensationalizing the recent downturn; however, we are keeping it in perspective. The volatility can last for a period of time, however, our focus remains on the ultimate objectives of our clients. The US economy … Continue reading Staying Calm During Challenging Markets