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Update on Recent Market Action

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  24 Aug 2015

By: Jon Aldrich You are by no doubt by now aware of the stock market having an awful week last week dropping by more than 5%. Today (Monday) brought even more selling, with the Dow Jones dropping by more than 1,000 points on the open and the S & P 500 losing more than 7%…

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Chinese Finger Trap

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, Uncategorized  |  20 Aug 2015

WHAT DOES DEVALUATION OF THE YUAN MEAN FOR US? The Chinese finger trap gag has been used for years to play jokes on unsuspecting kids and adults for years. It is a simple puzzle that traps the victim’s fingers in both ends of a cylinder made of woven bamboo. The harder you pull out on…

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The Importance of a Home Inventory

BLOG, PERSONAL FINANCE  |  11 Jun 2015

(and adequate insurance coverage) I had just finished up a great round of golf at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale in April, when my phone started tweeting about Tornado Warnings. Since it was 87 and sunny where I was, I had to do a double take, but then realized they were for back home in…

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1972 – A look through the “World Book”

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  17 Feb 2015

(The pocket calculator was a hot item in 1972 and prices had come all the way down to around $60) Now that football season is over, and it is too cold to really do anything outside, many weekends are spent fixing things around the house or cleaning rooms that have not been cleaned or de-clutterized…

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CRUDE AWAKENINGS

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  17 Dec 2014

(GOODBYE RUBLE TUESDAY) There were a myriad of titles we could have used to describe the precipitous drop in oil prices recently and the fallout effects it is having on countries whose livelihoods depend on a higher price for oil. There has also been a new verb created due to the effects on the Russian…

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So This is Normal?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  15 Oct 2014

Unless you have been incommunicado the last few days and weeks, you no doubt, are aware of a lot of consternation in the stock market. What’s causing this? How long is this going to last? Is the market going to crash? Will the Federal Reserve ride to the rescue? What do I do? We wish…

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Junk e-mail

BLOG, OTHER  |  16 Sep 2014

Why you need to be careful what you click on I was recently cleaning out my junk mail folder which had 2,645 messages in it. It had been about 3 weeks since I had cleaned it out, but that is how many SPAM and junk e-mails my junk e-mail filter had caught in that time….

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Estate Planning in the Online World

BLOG, ESTATE PLANNING  |  31 Jul 2014

You are likely reading this via your e-mail or online via the World Wide Web. You may also access your bank accounts and credit cards as well as Amazon, PayPal, etc.  via the internet. Many of you post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest to name a few. If you have digital pictures or you…

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El Niño – Is it Blowing Our Way?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  6 Jun 2014

After the record breaking severe winter the Midwest experienced, most people probably are not ready for more wild weather anytime soon.  However, there are growing probabilities that an El Niño is forming in the Pacific Ocean. Recent readings of water temperature just below the surface have been picking up a significant increase in water temperature….

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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS, MOST RECENT  |  10 Apr 2014

Cartoon by Schillerstrom (Source) The rock band REM wrote the song, What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?, back in the early 90’s in reference to an incident in 1986. Two men attacked Dan Rather, the CBS news and 60 minutes reporter, and kept repeating that phrase over and over. This tidbit of information has nothing to do…

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