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Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week

January 23, 2020

The steady rise of the market indexes is hiding some interesting developments in the markets. The largest stocks are dominating the indexes more than usual. In a capitalization-weighted index such as the S&P 500, the 10 largest stocks usually account for a high percentage of the index and its performance. Now, the five largest stocks […]

Bob’s Journal for 1/16

January 16, 2020

Stock prices aren’t the only feature of the stock market which are reaching record highs. The percentage of the companies listed on the stock market exchanges that have reported losses is rising. A report from Société Générale featured in The Wall Street Journal concluded that almost 40% of the listed stocks reported losses over the […]

Bob’s Journal 1/9

January 9, 2020

You can’t anticipate what’s going to happen next between the United States and Iran or between the United States and China. Events and rumors regarding those conflicts move the markets many days and over longer periods of time. You could try to guess which way the conflicts will go and invest accordingly. Of course, you’ll […]

Bob’s Journal for 1/2

January 2, 2020

We experienced yet another tumultuous year in the economy and markets in 2019. Many people were surprised more than once. Recall that as 2018 drew to a close, Federal Reserve officials were starting to indicate they might have made mistakes in 2018. Monetary policy was tightened significantly in 2018, and the effects were starting to […]

Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week

December 26, 2019

I hope each of you is enjoying this holiday season and is looking forward to 2020. The Nasdaq closed with a gain on Christmas Eve. (Other major indexes declined.) That’s the 10th consecutive higher close for the Nasdaq. There have been two other streaks of 10 straight higher closes since the financial crisis. But there […]

Bob’s Journal for 12/19

December 19, 2019

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is almost certain to become a law by the end of this week. The SECURE Act rolled through the House of Representatives in May by a vote of 417-3. However, a few senators stalled the bill in the Senate, mostly because they objected that some […]

Bob’s Journal for 12/12/19

December 12, 2019

Some Notable Events Grabbed My Attention This Week I’ve frequently warned my readers to ignore the noise that dominates so much of the financial media. I’ve also warned you to closely scrutinize stories when planning your investments and finances. Nobel Prize laureate economist Robert Shiller recently published a new book that makes the same points […]

Bob’s Journal for 12/5

December 5, 2019

Value stocks finally might be ending their long period of lag. Historically, value stocks generate higher long-term returns than growth stocks. But the two types of stocks take turns having better performance over shorter periods. In recent years, however, value stocks have lagged well beyond growth stocks for such a sustained period that analysts were […]

January 2021:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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