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Happy New Year 2019

(Good Riddance 2018) By Jon Aldrich Happy New Year 2019! Don’t let the door hit you in the behind 2018. Now I say that partially in jest, but also because 2018 seemed like a difficult year not only for me, but also for many of those that I know. I am also aware of many…

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Long December

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  19 Dec 2018

By Jon Aldrich For investors this has sure been a long December. Thus, I couldn’t resist one of my favorite songs by the band, Counting Crows as the lead picture. As I write this, the S & P 500 is on track for its worst December since 1931 and is having another “off” day. You…

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Wild World

by Jon Aldrich It was yet another wild week in the stock market. As Cat Stevens a.k.a. Yusuf Islam penned in his 1970 album “Tea for the Tillerman” it sure has been a Wild World in the stock market lately. On Tuesday the Dow dropped 799 points (Geez, couldn’t it have squeaked out another point to make…

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Gobbled Up

By Jon Aldrich Just like the turkey at your Thanksgiving Dinner, any gains that the S & P 500 had for the year have been gobbled up by the ongoing market correction that has lingered throughout October and November. The volatility in the markets we have been expecting and are now experiencing after such a…

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Well, At Least October is Almost Over

By Jon Aldrich October can be a great month. Fall is in full swing, and the colors and smells of fall here in the Midwest make it a great time of year. It’s that time for the smell of burning leaves and cider donuts at the orchard. It’s the time for kids to jump in…

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Trick or Treat, October is here.

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  11 Oct 2018

By Jon Aldrich I was working out at the gym today and while I was riding the stationary bike I had the privilege of watching the financial media on CNBS (a.k.a. CNBC)  in full meltdown mode. (I took the above picture today while I was riding) Of course, they had the big alert in the…

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Mario Mendoza and Financial “Experts”

By Jon Aldrich By all accounts, Mario Mendoza was a slick infielder who couldn’t hit a lick. His lifetime batting average was .215, which you don’t have to be a baseball aficionado to understand is not very good. He essentially recorded a successful base hit approximately 20% of the time, give or take. Heck, I…

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Give to Live

BLOG, OTHER  |  10 Sep 2018

By Jon Aldrich I received a lot of positive feedback on my last blog, “Taken for Granted”. So, I wanted to write a follow up article to tie up some loose ends. A number of people also inquired how Oreo was doing and I greatly appreciated the thoughts and support. Writing has proven to be…

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Taken For Granted

BLOG, OTHER, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  20 Aug 2018

By Jon Aldrich Take for granted. It is something I am sure all of us are guilty of from time to time. I know I sure am and probably way more than I would like to admit. So, how do we define “Take for Granted”: Let’s just focus on the first definition. We have too…

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2nd Quarter Markets Summary

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  3 Jul 2018

By Jon Aldrich Market volatility calmed down a bit in the 2nd quarter after a tumultuous 1st quarter that saw an end to the unprecedented calm of 2017. 2018 has been a return to normalcy for stocks after one of the calmest stretches for equities in history that was 2017. The economic cycle and the…

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