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“Gee, Mr. Spicoli, I Don’t Know”

The past week had me quoting the famous scene from the 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High around the office on an hourly basis…. Mr. Hand: “Mr. Spicoli, why do you shamelessly waste my time?” Jeff Spicoli: “I don’t know.” Mr. Hand: “I like that. ‘I don’t know.’ That’s nice … ‘Mr Hand, will I pass this class?’ Gee, Mr. Spicoli, I don’t know!” After a decent period of…

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It Was a Heck of a Week for Equity Markets and Records

In case you didn’t see our announcement last week, Monument Wealth Management was once again recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Washington D.C. area for the third year in a row.  It was a heck of a week for equity markets and records.  After a crushing blow at the end of the previous week, U.S. stock indexes rallied last Monday with the often cited Dow…

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A stronger dollar

A Stronger U.S. Dollar and Weather Impact the Market

When I was a kid, I figured out pretty quick that if I fessed up to a lot of stuff I did wrong at the same time I handed over my report card to my folks, I was going come out way better off in the punishment arena.  “Mom, Dad, I have to fess up to something… I lied about having nothing to do with the fire in the woods…

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5 Topics to Discuss With Your Financial Adviser

Talking to a professional can help keep you grounded in times of market volatility. This stinks. There I said it. Feel better? Probably not. You are probably glued to the tube thinking, “Why didn’t I see this coming?” while listening to the “experts” who say, “I saw it coming and said so seven weeks ago.” It’s probably the same guy that predicted the 10 percent market drop in March 2009,…

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6 Investing Habits To Dump Now

Watch your bonds — don’t watch TV. The news is rife with analysis about interest rates, inflation, and the dollar, leading many to speculate that the next impending bubble to burst will be in the bond market. Looking at the flow of money over the past 18 to 24 months, it seems that investors have been loading the boat with bonds at the expense of equity. That has me nervous.…

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