Market Commentary: Week Ending 7/8/2011

Have you been to a playground recently?  See-saw’s are less common than ever and have given way to more complex playground equipment, but I think the image of an old-fashioned see-saw will help you visualize my point in this week’s market commentary.  The first see-saw I’d like you to imagine is this: When stock prices [...]

July 11th, 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|

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 6/3/2011

 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 5/20/2011

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|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/13/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average -0.34% +8.80% NASDAQ Composite +0.03% +6.62% S&P 500 Index -0.18% +6.37% Russell 2000 +0.28% +6.64% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.12% +0.98% MSCI All Country World -1.24% +3.91% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 5-13-11 The markets as a whole were relatively flat last week.  In terms [...]

May 15th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 5/6/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average -1.34% +9.17% NASDAQ Composite -1.60% +6.58% S&P 500 Index -1.72% +6.56% Russell 2000 -3.69% +6.34% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.19% +0.86% MSCI All Country World -2.84% +5.21% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 5-6-11 Global markets were rocked last week with large sell-offs in oil and [...]

May 9th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 4/29/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +2.43% +10.65% NASDAQ Composite +1.89% +8.32% S&P 500 Index +1.96% +8.43% Russell 2000 +2.32% +10.42% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.66% +0.67% MSCI All Country World +2.47% +8.29% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 4-29-11 The final week of April finished on a high note, making April [...]

May 2nd, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 4/22/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +1.33% +8.02% NASDAQ Composite +2.01% +6.31% S&P 500 Index +1.34% +6.01% Russell 2000 +1.28% +7.91% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.29% +0.01% MSCI All Country World +1.85% +5.26% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 4-22-11 The global markets surged this week even after the jolt Standard and [...]

April 25th, 2011|