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Investing Lessons and March Madness

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Oh boy…March Madness. It started last week and it’s what everyone seems to be talking about at work. Most people feel great on “Selection Sunday”, which is when the NCAA selection committee announces “The Bracket”. The bracket is the group of 64 teams (okay, I know it’s technically 68, but I’m asking for some artistic license for the sake of …

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Eight Straight Great to Date

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Last week was the 8th anniversary of one of the greatest buying opportunities of most of our lifetimes.  As you can see below, it was obvious to most investors that March 9th, 2009 was going to be the bottom… I’m sure everyone knows I’m kidding…I remember someone in my industry saying to me, “this could literally go to zero.” Yes, …

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VIDEO: It Can Be Hard To Do Nothing

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“Here’s an interesting fact – Did you know that a during a penalty kick in soccer, the goal keeper has the best chance of stopping the shot by staying still and not diving left or right? It’s true – there are studies to prove it. The keeper has a 33% chance of stopping the shot if they stay in the …

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The Ric Edelman Show Featuring David B. Armstrong, CFA

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Ric: Thanks for hanging around with us here on the Ric Edelman Show. It is “The Truth About Money“ and we’re doing a special broadcast today from the Bellagio Hotel on Las Vegas. You can call us whenever you want, Triple eight plan Ric, or visit us online at ricedelman.com. Barron’s is here hosting its annual conference of some of …

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2016 – HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED

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Despite the nice post-election rally to end 2016, it turned out to be downright…average. That is if you use the S&P 500 Index as your yardstick. If you go back to 1928, the average annual return for the S&P 500 (including reinvested dividends) runs just around 10%. 2016 turned in the year with the S&P 500 up 9.54% on a …

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Quick Thoughts on DOW 20,000

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Dow 20,000 is the talk of the town. There is no escaping it. As I write this (Wednesday at 10:36 am), the index is a mere 0.60% away. But a question being asked, explicitly and implicitly, is this: “Do the current valuation levels (specifically P/E Ratios) signal a market top?” My opinion? Not by themselves. Research from LPL Financial and …

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Why the Shrinking Unemployment is Not as Good as it Seems

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Well, we finally had a negative week in the S&P 500, post-election. It was trading down 0.97% for the week, and ended up at an index level of 2,192. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was barely positive, clocking in with a 0.1% gain on the week to close at 19,170. There was good news with employment and an interest rate …