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“The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same”

This well-known proverb may be applicable to the stock market.  A recent article in The Wall Street Journal, by Morgan Housel, highlighted “three mistakes that investors make over and over again”. First, Mr. Housel suggested that investors incorrectly predict their future emotions.  Most investors feel certain that they can weather down turns, when in fact, […]

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S&P 500 Index Surpasses the 2,000 Level

The fact that the S&P 500 index has reached all-time highs is great news.  It displays the resilience of people, companies, and markets in overcoming challenges to achieve long-term growth and prosperity.  From an investment standpoint, it can also be very emotional.  To recognize that emotion, it requires a long-term mindset which allows one to […]

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Teaching Your Children about Saving and Investing

As an investment advisor and wealth planner, Sigma represents many clients who have already accumulated substantial savings through hard work, responsible spending habits, and sound financial decisions. However, to many parents’ dismay, their children are not following their example.  Compounding the problem, many parents have a natural tendency to help their kids financially.  Yet, in […]

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Is the Stock Market Too High?

By most measures, stocks are currently trading at or near all-time highs.  On that basis, one might conclude that stocks are at least high and perhaps too high.  This is looking at the markets in absolute terms. But what about relative value?  Are stocks high compared to the major alternative investments, cash and/or fixed income?  […]

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Has Stock Picking Seen Its Day?

Over the last several weeks there have been a number of commentaries and news items suggesting that stock picking has fallen out of favor and investors, both individual and institutional, are shifting some assets to passive investments, such as index funds and ETFs.  Some commentators have even suggested that stock pickers seek other employment. Not […]

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Interest Rates Remain Stubborn

Friday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article titled “U.S. Bonds Continue to Defy Bears”, after 10-year U.S. government bond yields closed at 2.33% last Thursday (the lowest closing level since June 2013).  This reiterates the general tone of our most recent Sigma Summaries article, “The Risk of Waiting for Interest Rates to Rise”. All comments […]

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