The New Year is supposed to be a fresh start. We get to begin all over again with energetic resolutions and stalwart promises, putting last year’s disappointments behind us. Investors are all for leaving behind 2018, which was a particularly rough year. Most asset classes turned in negative performance while volatility punctuated the year at […]
One factor of the October rout in the stock market has been rising interest rates. The market has concerns that the Federal Reserve could eventually overshoot (raise interest rates too high) and stifle economic growth. While an overshoot seems unlikely until sometime in 2020, investors tend to signal their displeasure early. At this point in […]
It shouldn’t be surprising that US stock indices were relatively flat the first half of the year. After all, 2017 brought a stellar, unexpected gift in the form of performance returns. As the year turned over, most investors were aware that stocks can only go up for so long before one of two things happen: […]
If you’re nearing retirement, or settling in to your new retirement routine, chances are you’ve considered downsizing. Whether you’re looking to take advantage of mortgage savings, a warmer climate, or adding a second home, downsizing can be an integral part of your desired lifestyle in retirement. Downsizing is defined as the liquidation – or selling […]
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 […]