22 Aug

Risk vs. Volatility

Posted by hancockp Categories: Markets Stock Market Investing Bonds Risk Volatility s&P 500

August 21, 2015Printer-Friendly VersionAs an avid reader and follower of global financial markets, it’s very rare a day goes by that I don’t observe what transpires in markets. I am fascinated by the ebbs and flows of data, information, economies and markets. Learning new ideas challenges my mind and hopefully improves my ability to manage portfolios.One thing I have learned over the years is that there is a lot of noise in financial markets. It’s this noise that can easily throw investors off a long-term financial plan. Case in point is what happened today in global financial market…

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15 Jul

Escape Velocity

Posted by hancockp Categories: Investing Economy Federal Reserve Interest Rates Markets

July 15, 2014 Printer-Friendly VersionSummary Global stocks rallied during the second quarter led by emerging markets. The S&P 500 climbed to an all-time high aided by low interest rates, low inflation, slowly improving economic growth and continued expansive policies from the Federal Reserve. Global bond markets also performed well during the second quarter as interest rates fell driving bond prices higher. Most bond sectors have posted positive returns in 2014, led by municipal bonds and emerging market bonds. Economic growth remains low in the US and other developed economies despite highly accommodative policies from central banks. The winds of change are blowing as…

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1 Apr

How The Economic Machine Works

Posted by hancockp Categories: Economics Inflation Interest Rates Markets Investing

Understanding the ins and outs of the economy can be very challenging. Ray Dalio is one of the brightest minds that we have today in the investment world. Dalio has written a wonderful article on how the economy works. He also produced a video on this topic that does a fabulous job of explaining in simple terms how our economy works.…

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27 Feb


Posted by hancockp Categories: Investing 401k Retirement Planning Asset Allocation

Genesis is defined as an origin, creation or beginning. Witnessing the birth of my two sons ranks as two of the most memorable experiences of my life. To struggle, toil and grow during those nine months only to be born into this world as a new beginning is a miracle. For any parent, it is truly an amazing experience to watch the beginning of a child’s life on earth.Similarly, for every financial goal, there must be a beginning. A great starting place in thinking about your goals is to create a financial plan. Saving for retirement is a co…

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