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Do Studies Still Mean Anything? (Part 1)

I often cite studies, reports and other research when posting my blogs.  One question that has come up is do these studies actually mean anything.   It’s an excellent question.

Because of my innate curiosity, I’m always trying to poke holes in my logic and the research I’ve read over the years.

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time around some of the leading thinkers and brightest minds in financial planning as well as reading peer-reviewed articles and research.  Naturally, this has led me to delve deeper into the data.

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It’s Gonna Cost You One Way or Another

Back around 2009-10, I came across a quote from Ben Feldman, one of the most prolific salespeople in world history, who said:
 

"Doing something costs something. Doing nothing costs something. And, quite often, doing nothing costs a lot more!"  

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Forecasting Bond Yields and March Madness: Another Broken Crystal Ball

I grew up in Basketball Country (aka The Bluegrass State) and there’s nothing like this time of year.   Four full weeks of college hoops. Conference tournaments and then the NCAA tournament.  And, the tens of millions of tournament bracket submissions filled with predictions about who’s going to win and advance round by round.

These are always fun and add to the spectacle of college hoops and the ribbings and banter among friends.   I love it!

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The Latest Bear Correction: Come on Feel the Noise…

For much of this year, the headlines have been filled with doom and gloom.  The pages and airways declared that the economy and stock market are falling apart.  There’s noise everywhere.

But, the reality is that the latest downturn is just a normal part of our economy and financial markets.  The dynamic nature of capitalism often masks the cyclical behavior of both U.S. and international economies.  Because these cycles can take years and decades to play out, it is frequently difficult for many people to see beyond what’s happening in this moment.

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Top Sector Picks of 2015 - Yearend Review

In January 2015, I wrote about the 2015 Sector Predictions made by the highest profile investment strategists on Wall Street.  Here is a chart of their collective predictions as published in Barron’s on December 15, 2015.  (A ‘+’ is a pick and a ‘-’ a pan.  For 2015, they predicted information technology (+8) would be the top performer and utilities (-7) the worst).

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