Common Cents in Outer Space on January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020, by John Norris

"I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration." Elon Musk   Over the last week, with the NCAA Championship Game, the impeachment saga in Washington, the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, the stock market which keeps going up, and even Champagne Gate (and shame on me for knowing what this is), it is understandable if you missed it. However, on January 6th, NASA made an interesting announcement,...

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1st Quarter 2020 Outlook & Overview

January 16, 2020, by Sara McPherson

A Quick Look Back at Another Good Quarter and a Fantastic Year   At the beginning of 2019, we told clients to expect a decent, positive year in the markets with one caveat: it would probably get pretty bumpy along the way. We were only partially right. The markets were indeed positive, but decent isn’t the best descriptor. The word awesome would be more appropriate. As for volatility, outside of a couple of choppy months,...

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SECURE Act: How this impacts you

January 14, 2020, by Mac Frasier

A new year means new tax laws, and this year is no exception.  On December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law resulting in many significant changes for retirement savers.  While these changes may not immediately impact you, it is very likely they will apply to you at some point in your life.  In this post, we will highlight some of the more notable changes coming...

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John Norris speaks to CNN’s Paul LaMonica about How to Stay Invested if You are a Worrier

January 13, 2020, by Sara McPherson

Norris told CNN Business he's "astonished" by how quickly Iran has vanished from the financial news headlines. But he added there are still question marks about the health of earnings, the Federal Reserve's rate policy and a potential economic slowdown.   Read the full article here.

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Episode 72 of the Trading Perspectives Podcast

January 13, 2020, by Sara McPherson

The Assassination of Iranian General Soleimani On January 3rd, 2020 President Trump authorized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Many have since made it clear that they are not in support of the US Military’s effort to eliminate the terrorist leader. One week later, stock prices are up and oil prices are down so what are people worried about?  This week, John and Sam talk about the need for a draft, how Iran will...

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Common Cents & the Draft on January 10, 2019

January 10, 2020, by John Norris

“Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again.” Ray Bradbury Last Friday, January 3rd, my 18-year old son spent virtually the entire day texting his friends. While that might see commonplace for today’s teenager, this was a little different. You see, he was extremely concerned about the events in the Middle East,...

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Episode 71 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

January 2, 2020, by Sara McPherson

 A Look Back at 2019 After a rough end to 2018, many were worried about a volatile 2019.  Although the bricks in the proverbial wall of worry didn’t change much, 2019 was anything but volatile. What made 2019 so different and what can we expect for 2020?     Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have an iOS device?  We are also available on most major podcast outlets, including but not limited to the ones listed below. Spotify...

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Common Cents & 2020: A Look Forward

December 31, 2019, by John Norris

"The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears." Attributed to Bill Vaughan   Historically, I shy away from making too many public predictions, as I have found there is very little upside for doing so. If you get something right, it was a lucky guess. If you get it mostly right, it doesn’t count. If you get it wrong, someone will call you out. For instance, a co-worker reminded...

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Common Cents & a Prediction or Two

December 27, 2019, by John Norris

"Don't Fight the Fed" Attributed to Marty Zweig At the beginning of 2019, we told clients to expect a decent, positive year in the markets with one caveat: it was likely going to be pretty bumpy along the way. We were only partially right. The markets were indeed positive, but decent isn’t the best descriptor. The word awesome would be more appropriate. As for volatility, outside of couple of choppy months, the markets pretty much...

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Episode 70 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

December 20, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Unemployment Rate This week John and Sam talk about the unemployment rate and the different ways that it’s measured.  Right now, the unemployment rate is historically low at 3.5%.  Many people are saying the rate is below the natural rate of unemployment.  So how low can it go? What is a good number and how should it be calculated?     Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have an iOS device?  We are also available on most major...

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