The number one question we have received recently is whether we are selling stocks and holding cash as the presidential election looms over the country. We all have our personal political views, but as investors we have to remain neutral. In summary, markets prefer certainty and dislike uncertainty. A Clinton victory should bring the most
Video Transcript Hi folks. Ron Dickinson, Certified Financial Planner, CPA. I have a question for you: What’s included in your retirement portfolio? Most people would say, “Well, I have some stocks and I have some bonds.” In fact the universal answer for a retiree is 60 percent stocks, 40 percent bonds. So the next question
U.S. markets were floating in a narrow range for most of the quarter until June, when the relative calm in global stock markets came to an abrupt end. Upending most leading forecasts and taking world financial markets by surprise, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on June 23. (The British common man
Video Transcript Hey folks. Have you been watching the NBA playoffs? There are some astonishing players. I watched one guy hit seven out of eight shots from the half-court circle. That’s amazing! Every team has some all-stars on it. But unless you have five solid players and a good bench, your team is probably not
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1st Quarter 2016 Key Takeaways It was a tale of two halves for global financial markets in the first quarter of the year. Stock markets plunged early on, falling 10%-16%. Broadly speaking, the decline was due to ongoing fears of a hard landing in the Chinese economy, a continuing plunge in oil prices, weaker-than-expected U.S.
Video Transcript Hi. I’m Ron Dickinson, Certified Financial Planner and CPA. I brought with me a cookie cutter this morning. It’s a very useful tool for turning out clone cookies, ones that look exactly like another. But when it comes to financial planning, I’m not sure if using a cookie cutter is the right approach.
I recently attended a conference with a roomful of investment professionals – supposedly a group of smart guys managing many millions in investments. The presenter asked an interesting question: How much would you estimate the stock market will make in a normal year? The average response was around 8%. (Fifteen years ago the answer no