Author: Artie

Something You Can Do During a Bear Market

During times of stress we naturally feel the urge to take some kind of action, if only to create the illusion that we have some degree of control over the situation. But advisors are saying (correctly) that market timing is unpredictable and that selling stocks during the current market meltdown would achieve nothing except to…
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Stock Market Terms You Haven’t Heard Before

As I write this the S&P 500 had ended the day’s trading with a 12% decline. That’s the second greatest one-day loss in its history, and we are sure to hear all about it in the media. We will also be told that the S&P 500 is in “bear market” territory, the term used to…
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How The Stock Market Has Reacted To Pandemics

With the Coronavirus spreading and equity investors panicking, you might be wondering where this will all lead. Although the Coronavirus itself may be new, it certainly isn’t the first pandemic to strike the world. AIDS first appeared in June 1981. Since then we’ve had SARS, avian flu, swine flu, MERS, Ebola, and Zika, just to…
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Can An Annuity Be The Ideal Retirement Vehicle?

Among all the investment products designed to help you manage your savings throughout your retirement, a single premium immediate annuity (SPIA) is unique. For a given upfront investment amount it offers retirees a guaranteed lifetime stream of payments no matter how long they live. (The italics serve to point out that the promised payments could…
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Can CalPERS Really Get A 7% Return From Stocks?

As reported in CIO magazine, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) terminated 14 out of 17 of its outside equity managers late last year and cut the allocation to outside management from over $33.6 billion to less than $6 billion. That represents a total of $181 billion in equity that will be managed in-house.…
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The Wrong Kind Of Expert

It’s January and my email inbox is once again flooded with capital market predictions for 2020. Looking back at the “expert” predictions for 2019 made last January, the majority as usual turned out to be wrong. Rather than sharing those predictions that were most egregious (which would be more fun than educational), I thought this…
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