If one looks at the returns for the S&P 500 from 1980 through 2015, the “down years” (returns of negative 7% or greater at year end) have all been tied to one of three events: a recession, a bubble bursting, or a credit crisis. In this week’s commentary, I talk about the first cause of […]
January was an exceptionally rocky month for stocks. But our clients have been remarkably quiet, calling us infrequently about the markets. Have we done an extremely good job of educating them not to panic? Or have they just come to accept volatility’s drama? Or, are they simply very busy and ignoring the negative sentiment pervading […]
There’s an old axiom that when looking to buy a house, the only three things that matter are “Location, Location, Location.” Well as 2016 has started, the market has really begun to worry about “Oil, Oil, Oil.” Yes there are other issues, many of which you are all quite familiar with, but at this point […]
Building on her January 4th blog, Betsey A. Purinton, CFP® spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta about what investors can expect in the coming year.
Going into 2016 the Wall of Worry is high. Then again, stocks traditionally climb that wall of worry. Even in 2015, when there seemed to be a mountain of fears, stocks were resilient. The Nasdaq ended up; the S&P was pushed very modestly into positive territory and the Dow was essentially flat when dividends were […]
TV Interview: Betsey Purinton with Frank Coletta from WJAR/NBC 10: Volatility – When to be Nervous and When to be CalmNovember 19, 2015 2:42 pm
Building on her November 9th blog, Betsey A. Purinton, CFP® spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta about when volatility is normal and when it can be concerning.
Now that the August/September swoon has passed and the markets have recovered their swagger, I can talk about volatility without sounding alarmist. Volatility is simply the relative rate of price change, meaning how far the price of an asset moves from a particular reference point. Volatility can be low (small moves) or high (dramatic moves) […]
TV Interview: Derek Amey with Frank Coletta from WJAR/NBC 10: Big Announcements to Social Security and Medicare-What They May Mean for YouOctober 23, 2015 3:52 pm
Building on his October 16th blog, Derek Amey spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta about how changes to social security and medicare could affect you or your loved ones.
If you’re retired, and have started to collect Social Security you may want to skip this week’s news and go out and enjoy the fall weather that has arrived in New England. In the news are two announcements that can and will affect retirees- specifically those who collect Social Security and/or Medicare. Changes to Social […]
Talk about mixed messages! First there is the economy itself. For most of the year, the data has been positive (housing, labor, consumer spending, credit availability, inflation, etc.). However, it is not unusual for a negative indicator to be released alongside a positive one, throwing doubt as to the direction or pace of the recovery. […]