Investing is a delicate balancing act, weighing the good news against the bad. Fortunately, for most of the last year and a half, we didn’t hear a lot of really damaging news. Unfortunately, that has changed recently and escalated this past week. Investors usually can handle one challenge fairly effectively, but when the pace of […]
A friend recently said to me, “Anyone could make money in 2017.” Quite true, allowing for the slight exaggeration on “anyone.” The average equity investor benefitted from significant gains in the markets; The S&P rose 19%. IXUS (iShares Core MSCI International Stock Index) gained 28%, while even the traditional US Aggregate Bond Index had a […]
TV Interview: Betsey Purinton with Frank Coletta from WJAR/Channel 10: Equifax: Are Monitoring, Alerts and Freezes Enough?September 29, 2017 1:16 pm
Building on her September 18th blog, Betsey Purinton spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta about the Equifax breach and what you can do to protect yourself.
Like most people, my credit cards have periodically been stolen, and subsequently replaced by my credit card companies. A vendor for my health insurance company was also hacked, entitling me to free Identity Theft Monitoring. I have felt lucky that any assault to my personal credit has been limited. But the Equifax breach is different. […]
TV Interview: Betsey Purinton with Frank Coletta from WJAR/Channel 10: Stock Play Accounts are Meant to be FunAugust 11, 2017 1:13 pm
Building on her July 5th blog, Betsey Purinton spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta about advice for those thinking of opening stock “play” accounts.
There is still a bit of the 1990’s stock enthusiast in many investors. I see it in our clients who have unmanaged accounts (accounts we don’t advise on), that I sometimes call “play accounts.” These are often small trading accounts that originated when someone heard a stock tip compelling or when they wanted to own […]
When I am combing through our investment research I always look for defined market risks. I don’t want to miss anything. After all, risk matters a lot to our clients no matter what stage of life they are in. When I see risks that are familiar to me, I have two reactions. The first is […]
Building on her March 7th blog, Betsey Purinton spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta about factors to consider when evaluating your bond holdings.
It is easy to ignore bonds. Bonds don’t generate the same flashy headlines as stocks, (“DOW 21,000!!!”). Bonds also don’t swoon or shoot up the way stocks do. When was the last time you heard investors talk in near panic terms about a bond market “crash?” or coo about “new highs?” In spite of their […]
It was so clear, right? Trifecta. We were headed for tax reform, infrastructure spending and deregulation. The economy was about to take off, replete with a rising dollar and budding inflation. At least that was the popular story at the beginning of the year. Not so fast. Nothing is as easy as it seems. Distraction […]