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What Happened to the Stock Market Blogs?

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What Happened to the Stock Market Blogs?

I had nothing new to add to what I’ve already written.

My blogs are written in response to issues my clients have. When a client expresses a concern and I can respond by sending one or more previous blogs, I do. I have a tremendous amount of stock market and investing blogs and have been sending these regularly to clients with questions. Only when I am asked something new that I feel would benefits others in similar circumstances do I write a new blog. Instead I have been addressing other issues clients have.

Just because I haven’t posted new investing blogs in a while does not mean there is no interest. Actually the interest is as active as ever, just that I haven’t come across anything requiring further clarification or elucidation. At some point I think it would be helpful to put all my investing blogs in a single file to distribute. Like everything, it takes time and unless I think the interest is there, I would rather spend the time on other endeavors.

Some points I would like to reiterate are:

  1. The reality is that there isn’t much new in investing strategies for those that are concerned primarily about their long term financial security.
  2. There are many “new” investment strategies that are advertised and promoted, but I do not see them as viable or replacing or being more effective than what I have already said.
  3. Some promote their investing strategies as exciting, or cutting edge, or a way to obtain higher than market yields. Investing is not an activity that should create excitement. It should be approached with the utmost seriousness given that the goals should be to attain long term financial security with safety of principal and reasonable predictability of necessary cash flow. When you invest you should following the time tested tried and true methods and not seek the current flavor of the month gimmick. A general rule is that as yields increase so do the risks. If higher yields were that secure, then everyone would jump on them thereby driving the yields down. There is no such thing as a free ride. High yields have to carry high risk. Stay away from them.
  4. You should seek out a financial advisor that will be honest with you. The proposed Department of Labor fiduciary rules legislating honesty has caused an upheaval in the financial services industry with some major providers of product leaving the business and many financial advisors lobbying their Congress people to force the DOL to back down claiming they will no longer be able to make livings. Think about this – the DOL requiring honesty is a threat to the way many do business – and then you hire these people for honest advice. Does this make sense?
  5. You should always fully understand what you are investing in and how you can make money and how you can lose. Also, how your advisor is compensated. These should be your basic rules.

Investing for your long term financial security is a serious undertaking. Be serious about it.

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