14 Oct

Expectations

October 14, 2016Printer-Friendly VersionEvery four years we elect a new President. Every four years the most gifted athletes in the world compete in the Olympic Games. I don’t know about you, but this election cycle is driving me crazy! So why don’t we talk about the Olympics instead. Meet Clayton Murphy. Just 21 years old, Murphy earned a bronze medal in the 800 meters this past summer in Rio. It was the first time an American has medaled in the 800 meters since 1992. He finished in a time of 1:42.93, which was the third-fastest American time ever and faster than his previous personal reco…

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4 May

Perseverance in Down Markets

May 4, 2015Printer-Friendly VersionThe first Sunday in April is always one of my favorite days of the year as it typically marks the final round of The Masters Golf Tournament. This year, defending champion Jordan Spieth entered the final 9 holes of the golf tournament with a 5 shot lead. He had been flawless through 63 holes and it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would march through the final 9 holes and be the first back-to-back champion since Tiger Woods in 2001-2002. He bogeyed 10 and 11. Then he stepped to the tee of the famous 12th hole, a 155-yard par three, the middle hole…

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13 Oct

Short-Termism

October 13, 2015Printer-Friendly VersionWhat does Vanguard’s CEO, a portfolio manager, and an economist have in common? They all agree investors focus way too much on the short-term. “Looking at investments in less than a 5 to 10 year window is time wasted. People should be thinking in 10-year increments around their portfolios because it’s really difficult to have any sense in the short-run what is going to happen.” Bill McNabb, Vanguard’s CEOShort-termism refers to an excessive focus on short-term results at the expense of long-term interests. How do you define “short-term” in investing? My argument has always been that any money you inte…

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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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14 Jan

The Grand Monetary Experiment

January 14, 2015Printer-Friendly Version“And so the miracle of the debt supercylce meets a logical end when yields, asset prices and in the increasing amount of credit place an unreasonable burden on the balancing scale of risk and return. Too little return for too much risk” – Bill Gross, January 2015Markets By The Numbers – 2014 In ReviewStocksGlobal stocks ended the year up 4.2%. There was quite a dispersion between U.S. stocks and international stocks as international developed and emerging market stocks recorded losses for the year. Continued concerns regarding slowing growth and a risk of deflation in the Euro-zone impacted international developed stocks. Slowing…

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