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This Number Can Predict the Stock Market

At first glance, you should already be questioning the validity of this article based on the title, alone!  Can anything really predict the stock market?!  As it turns out, there one statistic that has a pretty good track record when it comes to predicting the outcome of the S&P500 each year.  It’s called “The January Barometer,” invented by Yale Hirsch decades ago, and it has an 87.9% success rate.  Not bad…

You may have heard the saying, “As January goes, so goes the rest of the year.”  Translated, if the month of January is positive, then the statistic reports that the entire year will end positive as well.  This is the essence of the January Barometer (JB).

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Coach’s Corner-I Can Do It Myself

Growing up as an only child, I liked telling myself that I could figure things out on my own.  Older siblings give you an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and successes.  Younger siblings provide a way to learn patience and how to be a proper role model.  I can’t speak for those of you who have brothers and sisters, but I can only imagine all the life lessons you learned the hard way when it came to being one.  As an only child, I had to learn all these important aspects differently than most and I’m still working on a lot of them today.

One of the biggest concepts I’ve always struggled with is that it’s ok to lean on others for support, knowledge, and help.  Sometimes another person’s strengths and life experience can enhance the areas in your life where you fall short.  Or maybe…it could make your life a little simpler.  Stay with me, I’m headed somewhere with this. read more…

Does Diversification Really “Work”?!

Di-ver-si-fi-ca-tion

  1. the act or process of diversifying; state of being diversified.
  2. the act or practice of manufacturing a variety of products, investing in a variety of securities, selling a variety of merchandise, etc., so that a failure in or an economic slump affecting one of them will not be disastrous.

Above is the Webster’s Dictionary definition for diversification.  I guess it says what it is – and what it aims to do – but the big question is, “Does it actually work?”  After all, Wall Street, most investment professionals, and almost ever TV commercial having to do with retirement planning touches on the topic of diversification.  Therefore, it must be the answer to all your risk!  <sarcasm>

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” so I’m not going to have to add much commentary here.  See for yourself…

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