Like An Unexpected Gust of Wind

Like An Unexpected Gust of Wind

Last week’s stock market performance startled investors, like an unexpected gust of wind that blows the hat off your head or flips your umbrella inside out. Looking back, it’s easy to identify some of the factors that may have contributed to investors’ unease and...
All Investors Are Consumers, but Not All Consumers Are Investors

All Investors Are Consumers, but Not All Consumers Are Investors

The September installment of University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey reported Americans are feeling pretty optimistic. Consumer sentiment rose to the second highest level since 2004, and consumer expectations reached the highest level since 2004. Surveys of...
Tuning out the noise

Tuning out the noise

As we warned in January, volatility has returned.  This is not a bad thing. It is totally normal. The day to day market moves that no one can predict or control are just trees. Your financial plan is the forest. Don’t miss the forest for the trees. Keep your...
Investing at All Time Highs?

Investing at All Time Highs?

I first wrote about Mindful Investing At Market Highs in late 2014 (many points lower on, well, pick your index).  At the time, I was receiving MUCH verbal hesitation from folks about investing because – the market was so high. Today – the market (whichever one you...
It Was Not a Good Week for Stocks

It Was Not a Good Week for Stocks

Last week, stock markets around the world lost value. In the United States, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500), Dow Jones Industrial Index (Dow), and NASDAQ all finished lower. Some pundits have been drawing comparisons between the performance of the...