Market Commentary: Week Ending 03-23-12

This past week saw weakness in stocks mostly driven by realizations that both the European economy and Chinese economy are both slowing down. The embarrassing story of the week was the attempt to take BATS Global Markets (headquarters in Lenexa, KS) into an initial public offering (IPO). BATS, which stands for Better Alternative Trading System, [...]

March 26th, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 03-09-12

Global markets posted a fairly flat week. The big news for the week was the Greek debt restructuring that was approved on Friday. Private holders of Greek bonds, who for the most part are banks, hedge funds and the like, agreed to a “haircut” of up to 74%. Greece had as much as 85% of [...]

March 12th, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 03-02-12

For the most part, global markets posted very modest gains for the week. Yet again, the big market driving news of the week came from a central bank. This week it was the European Central Bank (ECB) and their most recent lifeline to the banks in Europe. On Wednesday we awoke to the news that [...]

March 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|

Market Commentary: 10-14-2011

We saw a major jump in the markets this past week.  The two big stories were the start of earnings season, and Europe.  In earnings news, Alcoa and JP Morgan Chase both disappointed.  However, Google reported far better-than-expected as a result of increasing demand for its search engine platform.  Stocks also rose on positive news [...]

October 15th, 2011|

Market Commentary: 9-30-2011

Another vicious week of volatility…  I am not sure if it is worse that the market is swimming in uncertainty or that it appears the market is waiting for a catalyst to send it up or down.  When scanning the world it is hard to see where the good news will come from that will [...]

October 2nd, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 8/26/2011

What an interesting week we had on many fronts- an earthquake and hurricane on the east coast, Buffett bailing out another bank, and Bernanke’s speech.  The first two didn’t have much bearing on those of us in the Midwest, but the effects of the second two remain to be seen as trading opens on Monday.  [...]

August 29th, 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|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 8/05/2011

It was not a great week to have a baby and be an investment advisor!  Luckily, the hospital had WiFi and Fox Business on the TV.  I was able to welcome our family’s newest addition, Alexis Karen, on Tuesday.  In addition, I sold the remaining investments in my client’s portfolios as their prices dropped below [...]

August 8th, 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|