Author Archives: Permission Granted

We Have Moved!

Our blog has moved to our fresh new company website! Please update your bookmarks to our new location: http://www.karpfinancial.com/permissiongrantedblog Regards, Jeff Karp and Jeff Kendall, Karp Financial Strategies

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S&P Is Not GDP

U.S. economic growth has been subpar — right around 2% — during much of the ongoing economic expansion. Yet, the S&P 500 has returned nearly 230% cumulatively since the bear market low on March 9, 2009. How did that happen … Continue reading

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Corporate Calm

The stock market’s recent gains have gone a long way toward restoring calm in the marketplace. The rebound — 5% off the S&P 500 low on October 15, 2014 — has been driven by a combination of factors, including some … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Karp Financial Strategies Weekly Commentary, Market Forecast, Weekly Commentary

Where Do We Go From Here? Strategies for Moving Forward After a Market Correction

Start the celebration, the market correction of September/October 2014 is officially over. Or is it? Wouldn’t it be great if there were specific dates that could be identified as the beginning and end of downtrends in the stock market? Wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Oil Hits the Skids

The S&P 500 fell 1% last week (October 13 – 17, 2014) in volatile trading, leading market participants and media pundits to speculate on how far the stock market slide—now just over 6% from the September 18, 2014, closing high … Continue reading

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Pullback Perspective

This latest stock market pullback has provided an unwelcome reminder that stocks do not always go up in a straight line. Even within powerful bull markets such as this one, pullbacks of 5 – 10% have been quite common and … Continue reading

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Earnings Preview: Welcomed Opportunity to Focus on the Micro

The global headlines are certainly not uplifting these days: Russia-Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Hong Kong, Ebola, etc. All of these challenges are sources of investor anxiety that have led to bouts of selling pressure on the U.S. stock market in recent … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, International Economics, Karp Financial Strategies Weekly Commentary, Market Forecast, Weekly Commentary

Grading on a Curve (the Yield Curve, That Is)

Kids are back in school and have started taking tests. Some of those tests are graded on a curve, meaning that students are graded based on their score relative to the rest of the class. In terms of stock market … Continue reading

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Jason Ray’s Inspiring Gift

The path to financial freedom may be paved with a great investment portfolio, but the unexpected may call for some smoothing out. The mission of my last post was to raise awareness about life insurance and the importance of including … Continue reading

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Take Time for Yourself

I am not sure about you, but my life is busy. Between working, taking the kids to soccer practice, doing yard work, taking care of the house, and if I am lucky maybe even having a date night, who has … Continue reading

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