Market Commentary: Week Ending 7/1/2011

I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July with family and friends while celebrating our great nation! This past week saw quite a jump in the markets.  The only problem is the market rose on very little participation (typical for summer trading the week before the 4th of July holiday).  Which begs [...]

July 5th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 6/24/11

This past week saw a return to market selling with a significant slide at the end of the week.  Even though we broke the consecutive weeks of market losses the previous week with a minimal gain, we are back at market weakness.  As I have said, the markets are going to have to come down [...]

June 27th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 6/17/11

The 6-week losing streak has come to an end…barely!  The Dow Jones and S&P 500 were positive for the week for the first time since April.  With summer temperatures rising, it is safe to say the economy is slowing and the markets have as well.  To add heat to the simmering market and global economy [...]

June 17th, 2011|

The Cost of Poor Investment Timing

Do you know how much buying and selling your investments at the wrong time can cost you?  According to Morningstar, stock funds returned 1.6% annually from 1999-2009.  However, the typical fund investor only earned 0.22% annually.  If you had an account balance of $100,000, that would equate to costing you $15,000.  So what should investors [...]

June 13th, 2011|

Financial Tips for Parents of College Grads

A new wave of college graduates were introduced to the “real world” last month.  The good news is that according to the National Association of College and Employers, employers are expecting to hire 19% more recent college graduates this year than last.  The bad news is that college graduates come out of college with an [...]

June 13th, 2011|

Coupon Bug: A Financial Planner Analyzes His Wife’s Habit

As food and gas prices rise, store packaging contains lesser product than before, and television shows like “Extreme Couponing” on TLC pop up, many families have jumped on the coupon-clipping bandwagon.  My own wife became interested in clipping coupons and following associated blogs/deal websites several months ago.  We were thrilled with the savings (and still [...]

June 13th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 6/10/11

The market took another beating this past week with the 6th straight week of losses.  All three major indexes are down more than 4 percent over the last month due to concerns that the U.S. economy is stalling.  Stocks have been falling since April as a response to the negative reports in housing, manufacturing and [...]

June 13th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 6/3/2011

 Buckle up folks – this is going to be a topsy-turvy summer, as evidenced by all of the government statistics that were released this past week.  Readers of my market commentaries know I have been very suspicious of the markets and their current valuations.  At this point, the markets are a minefield if you aren’t quite sure how to navigate them related to the risk you’re willing to take on.  […]

June 3rd, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/27/2011

We had another wild ride this past week that ended with low market participation going into a 3-day weekend in the US.  The economic data that was reported during the week was unimpressive to say the least.  Manufacturing has been one of the stronger points of the US economy to date; however, there are new [...]

May 27th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/20/2011

The markets had a very volatile week.  Between now and the end of summer, we are likely to see many more weeks like this.  This past week had some pretty troubling news that could be initial evidence of the economy slowing.  For example, Japan’s economy has taken a nosedive and is likely back in a [...]

May 20th, 2011|