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Stocks Advance Again

In this week’s recap: the major Wall Street equity indices see further June gains, oil investors react to tanker attacks, and retail sales improve.  Weekly Economic Update   THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks advanced for a second straight week. The S&P 500 benchmark rose 0.47%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.70%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average,…

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Do Our Biases Affect Our Financial Choices?

Do Our Biases Affect Our Financial Choices? Even the most seasoned investors are prone to their influence.     Investors are routinely warned about allowing their emotions to influence their decisions.  They are less routinely cautioned about letting their preconceptions and biases color their financial choices.   In a battle between the facts & our…

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Stocks Rally, Atlanta

In this week’s recap: the blue chips have their best week of 2019, as investors like what they hear from the head of the Federal Reserve and interpret the latest monthly employment numbers.  Weekly Economic Update       THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks rallied during a week in which Wall Street was buffeted…

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The Cost of Procrastination

The Cost of Procrastination Don’t let procrastination keep you from pursuing your financial goals. Some of us share a common experience. You’re driving along when a police cruiser pulls up behind you with its lights flashing. You pull over, the officer gets out, and your heart drops.   “Are you aware the registration on your…

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Your Emergency Fund: How Much is Enough?

Your Emergency Fund: How Much is Enough? An emergency fund may help alleviate the stress associated with a financial crisis.      Have you ever had one of those months? The water heater stops heating, the dishwasher stops washing, and your family ends up on a first-name basis with the nurse at urgent care. Then,…

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