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Aggressive vs Speculative Investor

Have you ever spoken to a financial advisor, or taken a quiz relative to investing, and as a result someone called you “aggressive”? It’s a term that gets used pretty frequently in my industry but I think it is often misunderstood. A lot of people get uncomfortable at the idea that they might be an aggressive investor, but “aggressive” is not the same thing as “speculative”.

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Is the Market the Economy?

"It is all but certain that we are in a recession. The data is not out yet, but I would be very surprised if we are not in a recession. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth. We all know that half the country was shut down for much of the first quarter and even more of the economy has been shut down for the second quarter."

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What is my Advisor doing during a Bear Market?

"Anyone can seem like a good financial advisor when markets are doing well. The expectation investors have when investing in capital markets is to make money, so when expectations are easy to meet, the bar tends to be set pretty low. However, it’s when markets are down (like the current bear market caused by COVID-19) that separates great financial advisors from mediocre ones. It’s times like these when people may wonder what their financial advisor is doing during this bear market. I can’t speak for all financial advisors, but I can tell you what the advisors at Financial Strategies Group have been and will continue to be doing in the weeks and months ahead."

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The Anatomy Of A Stock Market Crash

"It was not even three weeks ago that I wrote and sent our last communication about the “Coronavirus Chaos” correction. That piece was easy to write. This one was not. Not because I am at a loss for words, but because there is too much information that I want to convey. With that being said, I had to narrow this down to a handful of key topics: What you are feeling right now is normal, Bear markets are not especially rare. Why you should not “bail out”, Timelines of previous Bear/Bull Markets."

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Election Years: What Do They Mean for Stocks?

It is no secret that 2020 is an election year. It is hard to escape all the buzz. We are constantly bombarded with opinions from social media, TV and radio. In this article, I would like to focus on facts; facts about how markets have performed historically during election years. I will do my best to set my opinions aside so we can take an honest look at what history can tell us about election years. I think the best way to do this is to ask (and answer) additional questions. Here we go!

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2019 Third Quarter Market Update

If we take a look back at the key stories of Q3, there are three headlines that stand out to me as being material to markets. 1. The 10 year treasury rate collapsed. 2. Attacks on oil fields in Saudia Arabia. 3. The trade war continues. As we enter the fourth quarter, most investors will be watching for any positive movement on trade and for another rate cut from the federal reserve. If we focus on disciplined investing, asset allocation, and cost-conscious implementation, we know we will be on the right path.

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Third Quarter Market Update

It has been ten years since the Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy and surged the world into the global financial crisis. There have been 3 different Chairs of the Federal Reserve in that time frame. The world has changed a lot since then...

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