Market Commentary July 2015

posted on July 10th 2015 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

An island of instability One month ago, I spent a considerable amount of time talking about the U.S. economy. I discussed the slow climb out of a deep hole and another speed bump earlier in the year. But there has been some good news – the economy seems to be exiting the funk it entered […]

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Market Commentary June 2015

posted on June 4th 2015 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

Two steps forward. One step back. Did you know that the economic recovery is nearly six years old? That’s right – the Great Recession ended in June 2009, which means the economy pulled out of its nosedive and began to climb higher the next month. That is what the National Bureau of Economic Research, which […]

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Market Commentary May 2015

posted on May 7th 2015 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

95 years young Sir John Templeton may not be a household name, but in the investment world, he is a legend. Born in 1912 in humble surroundings, he attended Yale University during the Great Depression and was named a Rhodes Scholar to Balliol College at Oxford. He began his career on Wall Street in 1937 […]

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Why Some Uber Drivers Are Losing Money

posted on April 6th 2015 in Austin CFP Team Posts & Market Commentary with 0 Comments


COST DEPRECIATION, CARS, AND UBER As a Certified Financial Planner® professional, I’ve been talking with clients about cost depreciation for years. The concept can be a little difficult to grasp, but it’s perhaps most clear when discussing automobiles, new cars in particular. Surely you’ve heard that when you drive your new car off the lot, […]

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Market Commentary March 2015

posted on March 6th 2015 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

In the midst of 2008-09’s downward economic spiral, gloom, and talk the economy could enter a Great Depression, the S&P 500 Index ended March 9, 2009 at 676.53, according to data provided by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. Few predicted at the time that stocks had put in a bottom, and investors had just given […]

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Market Commentary February 2015

posted on February 9th 2015 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

                            Volatility is a word analysts throw out frequently when markets gyrate sharply over a short period of time. One day it’s sheer ecstasy and the next day if feels like despair. Investopedia defines it this way: “Volatility refers to the amount […]

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Market Commentary January 2015

posted on January 8th 2015 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

What a predictable and very unpredictable year 2014 was. Yet, that could be said about every year! For starters, the U.S. economy picked up steam throughout 2014, and the S&P 500 Index racked up another double-digit gain following 2013’s 30% advance. The economic forecast was reasonable. Though a call for another double-digit advance may have […]

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