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Boeing’s Turmoil Reminds Us to Diversify

You should expect gains and losses in every asset class you own The turmoil witnessed by investors in Boeing in mid-March 2019 sadly demonstrated the benefits of diversifying your assets. Boeing’s stock price dropped over 10% in two days and then sharply again after President Trump ordered the grounding of all 737 Max planes in the US. On the Friday before a Boeing 737 Max 8 passenger je...

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Stumped by the Stock Market Slump? Start by Picturing a Used Car Dealership

Stocks have been slumping on a variety of concerns, from President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China to worries about an economic slowdown and rising interest rates. Given the many factors driving shares up or down on any day or week, it’s hard to make sense of what’s happening on Wall Street. Based on my many years of experience teaching and writing about financial markets and...

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Federal Reserve Raises Rates for the 4th Time

But Fed officials now forecast two rate hikes in 2019, down from three From the Federal Reserve press release dated December 19, 2018: “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in November indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months...

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2018 Yearly Market Review

A Record-Setting Year for Stocks, but One Investors Would Rather Forget As we reflect on 2018, it is tempting to sugarcoat the year by simply reporting that it was a record-setting year for stocks – because so many investors would rather quickly forget the end results. So here are the end results: 2018 was the worst year for stocks since 2008 and only the second year that both the DJIA a...

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