Column: Money is inherently risky

February 28, 2017, by John Norris

I wish I had a dime for every time someone has told me they want to beat the markets without taking much or any risk. Who wouldn’t want that? All the gain without any of the pain is a pretty neat trick, and there are people who promise they can deliver just that. Please be extremely leery of them. Don’t get me wrong, I am not implying fraud or worse. The underlying issue is the...

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Column: Anything can happen with Dow Jones

February 21, 2017, by John Norris

Recently, I was a speaker for what they used to call "career day" at my daughter’s high school. They now call it Kaleidoscope, or something along those lines. Regardless, I talked about my job, gave some rudimentary advice and, believe it or not, fielded a few questions. For my troubles, I got a hug, or three, and a loaf of really delicious banana nut bread. Truthfully, they didn’t have to give me anything. I was more than...

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Some Common Cents for February 17th, 2017

, by John Norris

Perhaps it is a little fitting the movie with the most Oscar nominations this year, with 14, is one entitled “La La Land.” By virtually all accounts, it is more than a fine film, but I will undoubtedly wait for it to come out on Netflix or Amazon Video. While the movie industry had its second best year in history, in nominal terms, in 2016, I haven’t been inside a theater since 2014. I say...

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Column: Is your smartphone holding you back?

February 14, 2017, by John Norris

One day this past week, I woke up in a bit of a funk. I felt like I had been juggling a couple dozen ping pong balls, and was in danger of letting some or all of them fall to the ground. When did life get so darn complicated? Those that know me know I am not one to wax nostalgic about how life was better back in the day. I am also not one...

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Some Common Cents for February 10th, 2017

February 13, 2017, by John Norris

Yesterday, I was one of the speakers for what once was called ‘career day’ at my daughter’s high school. These days, the official name is Kaleidoscope or something more catchy along those lines. Regardless, I talked about my job, gave some rudimentary advice, and, believe it or not, fielded a few questions. For my troubles, I got a hug, or three, and a loaf of really delicious banana nut bread. Truthfully, they didn’t have to...

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Some Common Cents for February 3rd, 2017

February 6, 2017, by John Norris

Ordinarily, the Employment Situation report is the biggest piece of news the first Friday of each month. Today, it isn’t, even though the Change in Nonfarm Payrolls was reasonable enough, some 226K net new jobs. So, something else, something big, must have happened, and it did. This morning, President Trump signed an executive order basically reviewing the Dodd-Frank financial system regulatory legislation. Ostensibly, and on its face, this is the proverbial first step in rolling...

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