What's Going Down with Oil?

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A lot of shocking things occurred last year.  One of them was the plunge in oil; another was the dramatic rise in the U.S. dollar.  Both have some very interesting implications for us.  Today, I’m covering oil, leaving the discussion on the Dollar for another day. 

Here’s a chart of Oil futures...

New Year’s Resolution

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There’s no middle ground with New Year’s Resolutions.  You either like them or you don’t. 

Whether or not you’re a fan often depends on past experience.  If you’ve had good experiences with New Year’s resolutions, you like them; and if you haven’t, you don’t. 

Being self-employed AND a financial...

Investing Tip #6: Give It Time

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Watching my children play makes me dizzy.  The oldest finds a toy and begins to play with it.  As soon as this happens, the other two girls swoop down on her as if it’s the only toy in the world.  After five minutes (if that) Makayla puts the toy down and moves on to another one.  At which time the...

Investing Tip #5: Location, Location, Location

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  My mother always told me, “Mack when you buy a house, the three most important things to remember are location, location, location.”  Believe it or not, I actually took her advice on this. With three girls under age 4, I’m very happy I listened.

This principle can be applied to investing as well...

Investing Tip #3: Have a Process

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We all know someone who never seems to know what they want to do with their life.  They jump from job to job, or relationship to relationship, or hobby to hobby.  We shake our heads and say to ourselves, “Gee, they need to put down some roots!”

The thing is, many of us can be like this when it...

Investing Tip #2: Diversification, Part Two

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It’s amazing the difference in coloring skills between my three year old and my four year old.  My four year old uses a lot of different crayons to color in her coloring book.  Red, blue, orange, green—they all manage to get on each paper.  I think she does a better job than I do coloring. 

My...

Investing Tip #1: Diversification, Part One

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When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, or so the saying goes.  My dad and I have spent the last couple Saturdays building a playhouse/swing set for my girls.  I couldn’t imagine building it using just a hammer.  Even an accomplished carpenter (which I certainly am not) would...

What Independence Day Means to Me

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…” 

So begins the greatest document in America’s history.  With these words, our founding...

3 Reasons Why I Like ETFs

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So I don’t like mutual funds.  What do I like?  I mostly use ETFs (exchange traded funds) in my practice.  ETFs are taking the investment world by storm, and if current trends continue, will overtake mutual funds in this decade or the next. 

Here are three of the reasons.  

1.  You know what you...

During the 1900’s, the mutual fund revolutionized investing, allowing the middle class access to the investment markets.  Their time has come…and gone.  In the years ahead, the Exchange-traded fund (ETF) will assume leadership of the investment lineup.  Today, I’m not going to cover ETFs, saving...