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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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Is the Party Over?

Consumers are the most confident they have been in over six years, according to last week’s widely watched consumer confidence report from the Conference Board. Investors have been feeling confident too. The high valuations of stocks in some industries have … Continue reading

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The Real Reason for the Rebound

The Real Reason for the Rebound The first market storm of 2014 (that we had named Angel) is over with the S&P 500 and broader Russell 3000 stock market indexes rebounding to all-time highs after reversing a 6% decline. The … Continue reading

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Chasing returns…don’t get crazy!

Chasing Returns Decades of behavioral research suggest investors chase returns. In other words, they sell one investment to buy another that has performed better on the hope that it will continue to do so. Although this behavior is known to … Continue reading

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Lighthouse Keeper Story

Lighthouse Keeper Story Back in the 18th century, lighthouse keepers were stationed at strategic shorelines to warn ships of hazardous waters that required special skill and experience to navigate. Technology has now made this job obsolete even though the same … Continue reading

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I’m not dead yet!

Walking Dead Stock Market Last week revealed the nominations for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. Overall, 10 different dramas scored nominations for the shows or lead actors. But missing from the list was the show that is the number one … Continue reading

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Watch Out!

What We Are Watching for this Earnings Season Four times a year, investors focus on the most fundamental driver of investment performance: earnings. Unfortunately, like the economy, earnings growth remains sluggish. The second quarter of 2013 is likely to mark … Continue reading

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Butterflies are free to fly…..

The Butterfly Effect Summer gets underway with a lot of beating wings as millions of butterflies travel home. This week, many northern states are seeing their first Monarch butterfly of the season. Monarchs migrate from their winter home in Mexico … Continue reading

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Summer Rentals

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season in sunny destinations across the country as city dwellers and others seek to escape the heat and enjoy some natural beauty and relaxation. But like unwanted guests crowding a cabin or a … Continue reading

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“Sell in May and go away” (or don’t)

KFS Weekly Commentary:  Soft Spot Arrives on Schedule There are certain things we have gotten used to counting on each spring: the season changes and the weather warms, baseball games bring fans to the stadiums, the economy weakens, and investors … Continue reading

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