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|

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|

The Emotional Investor

I like to keep in-mind the beginning of Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem ‘If’ as I lead investors through weeks like last week:  “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their [...]

May 11th, 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|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 4/15/2011

Total Returns % dollar payday loan 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average -0.31% +6.60% NASDAQ Composite -0.57% +4.21% S&P 500 Index -0.64% +4.93% Russell 2000 -0.70% +6.55% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.85% -0.28% MSCI All Country World -0.98% +3.76% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 4-15-11 The markets took another hit this past week as [...]

April 18th, 2011|