Last Chance to Receive $100

Don’t miss your last chance!  Rollover your IRA (or an old 401k/403b/457) to Scottrade by April 16th and receive $100.1 In addition, Scottrade will reimburse you for any transfer fees up to $100 that your current custodian charges you for transferring your account.2  Below are additional details to see if you qualify for this bonus. [...]

April 5th, 2012|

Argument for Precious Metals

Below is a point and figure chart. Point and figure charts were how stock market analysts looked at securities in the late 1800s through the 1940s versus the typical charts that we are used to seeing today. Today’s charts are time and value-based, where point and figures are looking at the direction. To get a [...]

April 5th, 2012|

Top 3 Investment Myths

When talking to potential clients about my investment strategy, it’s common to hear a lot of the same arguments for the ‘buy and hold’ strategy that their current investment advisor is utilizing.  Below are the top 3 “investment myths” I hear the big investment advisory firms telling their clients: 1.  Your portfolio will be just [...]

February 10th, 2012|

Current Environment – CWM Investment Outlook for 2012

I have my suspicions that the New Year is going to bring some interesting dynamics to the stock market.  I’ve attempted to address the Current Environment that we are in by discussing where we’ve been historically, why I continue to maintain a large cash position in my clients’ portfolios, and where I think we’re headed [...]

January 8th, 2012|

Are you part of the 58% not receiving 401(k) advice?

A few years back, Charles Schwab released a study entitled, “The New Rules of Engagement for 401(k) Success.”  70% of the survey respondents said their 401(k) is their only or primary source of retirement savings.  However, only 42% reported having received professional financial advice in the past two years. Schwab’s analysis found that the use [...]

December 13th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 12-09-11

Global markets bounced around pretty good last week while waiting to receive the “all clear” signal from Europe that never came.  As has been for weeks now, headlines in Europe are driving the markets; so much so that I’m struggling to come up with something new to say each week!  In light of my writer’s [...]

December 13th, 2011|

Active or Passive?

Just the facts… This has been the raging debate for decades: Should one use actively managed funds or passive index funds (the vast majority of ETFs are index funds)?  Both sides have made fair arguments over the years, but in the end, most advisors and individual investors fall on one side of the fence or [...]

October 11th, 2011|

How have our clients avoided the recent stock market losses?

The markets have certainly been frightening over the past couple weeks.  As such, I have been receiving many “thank you” emails and phone calls from clients for selling before the market sell-off last Thursday.  Several of you have spoken of friends and relatives who are anxious about their current advisors strategy (and likely for good [...]

August 10th, 2011|

Response to MSN/Barron’s Article: Investments for Generating Income

MSN posted an article today on their homepage from Barron's titled, "Investments for Generating Income."  The article discussed investments they recommend based on how best to generate income in this economy.  As a fee-only investment advisor, I always read what other people post and was curious to see how valid their information was as soon as [...]

July 14th, 2011|

Post June 2011

While many American families celebrated the official beginning of summer, those of us charged with maintaining their portfolios were hanging on the news each day as it was released. It was a rocky go, and while the month may have ended (finally), we still have much to watch as the events of June 2011 play [...]

July 12th, 2011|