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Investing for the Long Term – December 2015

August 2015 was a brutal month for stocks. There were constant reports that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down hundreds of points for the day, even down by 1000 points during one daily trading session. Ultimately, where do you think August 2015 wound up as far as historical comparisons? As bad as the crash of late 2008? Or even the subsequent bottom of early 2009?

December 2015|Categories: Newsletters

Will the Third Shoe Drop? – November 2015

As of this writing, major U.S. stock market indexes are extremely volatile. They’re in the negative column for 2015, but that could change by the time this issue goes to press. In any case, it’s likely that stock market values in late 2015 will still be much higher than they were in the dark days of early 2009.

November 2015|Categories: Newsletters

Cons and Pros of Roth IRAs – October 2015

Annual contributions to IRAs, includingRoth IRAs, are now capped at $5,500($6,500 if you’re 50 or older). RothIRA contributions aren’t tax deductible,they’re available only to workers and theirspouses, and they’re off-limits to high-income taxpayers.

October 2015|Categories: Newsletters

Past Losses Offer Winning Opportunities – September 2015

For nearly two decades, investors have been riding a stock market roller coaster. The late 1990s tech stock boom turned into a bust in the early years of this century, as the Dow Jones Total Stock Market Index fell by nearly 45%. After a real estate-led recovery pushed stocks to new highs, a real estate collapse dropped that index more than 50% from 2007 to 2008. Since then, the index has nearly tripled; as of this writing, U.S. stocks are near record levels.

September 2015|Categories: Newsletters

Facing College Costs – August 2015

How much does it cost to send a child to college now? For the 2014–2015 academic year, the College Board puts the average cost of tuition, fees and room and board at private nonprofit four-year schools at over $42,000. The College Board estimates other expenses (including books, supplies and transportation) at $4,000–$5,000. Thus, sending your child away to a private institution costs an average of around $47,000 this year; at universities considered “elite,” the total tab is generally well over $60,000. Those numbers likely will be even higher in the 2015–2016 school year, and they will certainly be higher for youngsters entering college in the future.

August 2015|Categories: Newsletters

The Math of Buy and Hold – July 2015

Many financial advisers warn clients that they should not try to time the stock market. Indeed, research indicates that individuals tend to buy when stocks are going up and sell when stocks have gone down: a buy-high and sell-low approach that reduces long-term returns. Consequently, some investment pros support a strategy known as “buy and hold.”

July 2015|Categories: Newsletters