Investing Secrets: Key Concepts Every Investor Should Know

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You may have noticed that the stock market has experienced a few difficult days recently and volatility has picked up considerably.  After yesterday’s close, the S&P is now at the same price it was at the end of November.  But also know that it is still up over 12% in the last 12 months (and up 72% over the last 5 years!).

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A Real Christmas Miracle

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“Most people seem to think It’s a Wonderful Life is the great American Christmas movie. I demur. It’s The Crossing, hands down.”
– Nick Murray

This year in honor of Christmas Eve, I’d like to share an excerpt written by author Nick Murray, about the little known story of “America’s First Christmas Miracle”. Enjoy…

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Too High?

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Generally, most people believe that over time the stock market goes up, but when it does it makes many people nervous. Turn on the TV or read any financial news and your bound to hear an analyst or commentator saying the market is “too high”, “valuations are stretched” or  “overvalued”  and, of course…is overdue for a correction.

A quick Google search of the words “Stock Market correction 2017” yields some 17,5000,000 results. Here’s some of the top results…

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Investing vs Trading

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When we turn on the TV, we’re expecting to be entertained on some level. It doesn’t matter if it’s HBO or CNBC. Now, we may not think about it that way, but producers focused on attracting eyeballs. I always remind myself that there is an entertainment element to the Financial ‘news’.  It isn’t meant for investors, but for traders, people who believe speed is paramount.

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Knowing common retirement blind spots can make a big difference

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Planning a successful retirement isn’t only a matter of understanding the obvious steps along the way. An alarming study by The American College pegged 80% of older Americans as illiterate when it comes to basic retirement planning knowledge.

You don’t need to have eyes in the back of your head, but knowing common retirement blind spots can make a big difference in mapping out your futures. Here are five to consider:

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Turn off the financial news spigot

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For many people, paying attention to financial media distracts them from their primary goals.

Here’s a simple question: When was the last time you read some financial news that you acted on and then were glad you acted on it?

Unless you’re concerned with following the latest changes in tax law, there’s little value to be had in much of what passes for financial journalism. It’s a lot of noise dedicated to grabbing our time and attention. But for many, it’s just distracting them from everything else that should be more important to them.

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The Fed: More Noise Than Meaning

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Some commentary from one of our favorite market thinkers :

The Fed: More Noise Than Meaning

by Brian S. Wesbury – First Trust Chief Economist

Get on with it already! Don’t get us wrong, we know this is the “Super Bowl” for business journalism (anyone have tix to the ESPN party?), but raising rates from 1/8th to 3/8ths of 1%, after six years of economic recovery should be a no-brainer.

Our suggestion: spend the week analyzing companies and investment products. Don’t get sucked into the idea that there is some genius trading strategy for how to deal with this.

That’s right; ignore it. Don’t read the statement and don’t watch the press conference.

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What to do with Greece?

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Some commentary from one of our favorite market thinkers :

Ignore Greece

by Brian S. Wesbury – First Trust Chief Economist

Don’t let anyone tell you Greece is sticking up for its “dignity” by fighting “austerity.” The current Greek government is sticking up for socialism by fighting reality.

After several years of working toward some very minor market-friendly reforms, and finally starting to see a glimmer of economic growth, Greece elected a far left government back in January. Its economic and financial situation has gotten worse ever since. Instead of trying to boost growth and pay its debts, by trimming government spending and reducing regulation, the government is saying it won’t cut retirement benefits and wants to raise taxes on what little private sector it has left. MORE

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