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Chart of the Week:  That’s Not Volatility…THAT’S Volatility

Chart of the Week: That’s Not Volatility…THAT’S Volatility

  This was a volatile week for stocks across the globe, but perhaps nowhere more so than Argentina.  Argentina has struggled with geopolitical issues a lot in recent years and a look at it's stock market so far this year reflects that.  You can see the year...

A Brief History of Investing – Part II

A Brief History of Investing – Part II

  The First Public Markets Emerge As the authors Norton Reamer and Jesse Downing point out in their work on the history of investment, public markets for securities didn’t exist before the 1600s. In was in Amsterdam, the financial center of the world at the time,...

A Brief History of Investing – Part I

A Brief History of Investing – Part I

“History is not everything, but it is a starting point.” - John Henrik Clarke What is investing? Why do we do it? These are the type of questions that many adults ask themselves when they begin to make their own money and think about the future. In the not-so-distant...

You Might Not Get There

You Might Not Get There

I would argue that the most important thing we as financial advisors do for our clients is help them identify their problems.  On the surface this may seem silly.  People obviously know what they want, right? Surprisingly, this isn't always the case.  People generally...

So Far, So Good

So Far, So Good

There is a particular scene I have been thinking about recently from The Magnificent Seven (the 1960’s version).  The premise of the movie is this: seven gunmen are hired to protect a village from a gang of bandits.  The gunmen come into town and prepare for the...

Risk Is Risky

Risk Is Risky

So here we are.  This is the part of a market cycle when we start having conversations that look a little something like this: Client:  “I’ve been mulling this over, and I think I am comfortable taking on more risk.  Maybe I should own more stocks” Us:  “I see.  You...