China’s real impact on your portfolio

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The stock market has fallen by about 7% in the last four weeks as measured by the S&P 500, ostensibly because of China’s growth slowing down and other international issues.  The question that every investor needs to ask themselves when the markets experience big swings is “Am I okay with this?”.

There is no way to anticipate the exact date of a market decline or the date the market starts is recovery.  Attempting to do so is pure folly.  The best ...

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The revenge of “buy and hold”

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How well do you remember what happened in March, 2009?  That was the month that S&P finally stopped its historic downturn and slowly turned around.  While I don’t have exact numbers, my memory is that most news stories at the time were predicting a short upswing, then the dreaded “double dip” recession that would take stock prices down even lower.  More importantly, I don’t remember anyone saying this is the bottom and will get back to our highs in just ...

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