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More on Market Volatility

Despite the fact that the U.S. economy appears to be on solid ground, the equity markets appear confused and uncertain, and have exhibited volatility, including huge intraday point swings.  In what follows, I will examine the sources of the uncertainty and try to shed light on whether or not to worry.    1.  Global Economic Conditions are Deteriorating Europe has 11%+ unemployment and is wrestling to avoid recession.  In fact, …Read More

How to retire like an aristocrat

Originally published on Marketwatch.com website http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-retire-like-an-aristocrat-2015-01-22 Retirement planning really isn’t that complicated. Say you want to retire today and need an income of at least $100,000 a year from your investments. All you need to do is have $5 million saved up and buy 30-year U.S. Treasury bonds. If saving the $5 million is problematic, you might want to consider some other investment strategies. The subject of how much you …Read More

A look at fourth-quarter earnings

Earnings season is just getting underway and it looks like the stock market could use some good news. As I write this, the S&P 500 is down just over 2 percent year to date. Aluminum maker Alcoa traditionally kicks off the quarterly earnings season, and it reported better than expected earnings and revenue last Monday after the market closed to get the earnings season going. Earnings reporting will begin in …Read More

The importance of cash dividends

Originally published on Tahoe Daily Tribune’s website http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/opinion/14611062-113/market-beat-the-importance-of-cash-dividends Dividends are payments made to shareholders. Most dividends are paid out on a regular basis, like quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Sometimes, corporations will also declare special dividends that are a one-time occurrence. Dividend payments are not guaranteed by the company but can be raised, lowered or terminated at any time by the corporation. The total return on a stock investment is defined …Read More

Stock prices down – should you worry?

Originally published on Reno Gazette’s website http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2015/01/07/robert-barone-stock-prices-worry/21424791/ Intellectually, we all know that the equity markets can be volatile. It is a question of whether or not we can control our emotions, especially during market sell-offs. As of last Tuesday, the S&P had fallen for five straight sessions, something we haven’t seen for a year. Some pundits have proclaimed the end of the bull market. Take this with a grain of …Read More

Why dividend growth is important for young workers

Originally published on Marketwatch.com’s website http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-dividend-growth-is-important-for-young-workers-2015-01-09?dist=countdown Young people entering the workforce should start contributing to their retirement plans as soon as possible. They need to invest early and save frequently. When investing in stocks, it’s important to understand the role that cash dividends play. Over long time frames, dividends have been responsible for more than 40% of the total return of some of the major indexes. Dividend paying stocks also …Read More