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We Keep Seeing Better News – Really, I’m Not Kidding.

Over the past two weeks, there have been about 14 stronger reports out of the economy – without listing all of them, some of them are better vehicle sales, manufacturing and non-manufacturing purchasing manager index (PMI) reports, employment and retail sales. On top of that, there were some good earnings reports too. In fact, 26 of the 38 companies that have reported earnings so far have beaten their expected earnings.  That’s about 68%.  In case you were wondering – that’s better news than we were seeing in the late summer.  Seriously!

For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained 4.88% to finish at 11,644, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) gained 5.98% to finish at 1,225 and the Nasdaq Composite Index gained a whopping (relative to even the big gains of the DJIA and the S&P 500) 7.60% to finish at 2,668. The Russell 2000 Index, which tracks the performance of small capitalization stocks, also had a whopping gain of 8.57% to finish at 712.

There is still the possibility that some problems get worse – the Eurozone gets worse, the global slowdown get worse and of course there may be continued political gridlock out of Washington DC throughout the next year – but we want to make sure that there is equal attention paid to the good news.

The reality of it is, if you had a long-term plan in place and no changes in your life required a need to raise cash, you did not panic and sell.  If that’s the case, you are probably doing pretty well relative to those who “simply couldn’t take it anymore”, sold a few weeks back and are holding cash.  Because now they have to decide when to get back in – and that’s harder than it sounds.

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David B. Armstrong, CFA

President & Co-Founder

Dave got into the industry when he discovered his passion for finance in his mid-20’s. He’s a combat veteran and served as an officer in the United States Marines Corps on both active duty and in the reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving on active duty, Dave was unable to spend money on deployments, so he became a self-taught investor. Along with a few bucks cash as a bouncer, his investing performance grew to be good....

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