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Recent Articles:

  • We’re Out Of Chips - I think the last time we talked about pandemic-related shortages, we were running out of beer cans. Thankfully, as my neighbor can attest, we are no longer running low on beer cans. Or beer. No, we are now apparently out of chips. Microchips to be exact. We are under a lengthy (and lengthening!) microprocessor shortage.…
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  • 2021 Market Outlook - 2020 was a crazy year on many fronts with the stock market no exception.  As we turn the page, what’s in store for 2021?  According to Mark DiOrio, Brookstone’s Chief Investment Officer, look for the markets to do well at least into the third quarter.  Economists believe that we are still in a secular or…
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  • A Muddy Future - I’m not sure how many folks out there are familiar with Adobe. Not adobe, the mud bricks used for millennia. I’m talking about Adobe. They’re a software company known mostly for the .pdf file format, the Adobe Reader program that’s required to read .pdf files (that somehow installs something else every time it updates), and…
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  • Let’s Talk About Snow Days! - Growing up in Alabama, snow was a rarity. About every four years or so, we’d get warnings that we might get snow. Grocery stores would empty out of milk and white bread, schools would close, and we’d all hunker down in the house to await what was surely going to be the blizzard to end…
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  • Dealing With A Loss - Rarely do I have a problem coming up with a topic to write about for my weekly missive. Not so this week. Do I write about the sluggish Santa rally? Do I talk about the vaccine? The stimulus package? The weird Christmas season? The loss of my older brother Roger? The new Congress and the…
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  • Does The McRib = McRecession? - Those of you on a low-fat, low-carb, or low-sodium diet, stop reading now. Did the rest of you see where McDonald’s is bringing back the McRib? If you hadn’t, well… now you have. And if you subscribe to one of the weirder theories on the Internet (and THAT’S saying something), you might be preparing for…
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  • The Low Interest Rate Dilemma - I recently took a spin in the wayback machine and found this column I wrote a year ago talking about low interest rates. Not too much has changed so I thought I’d do a little edit and send it out again. It’s funny how many of my clients remember the high interest rates of the…
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  • The New Normal: You Can’t Get There From Here - If you’re like me, Thanksgiving was a totally different experience from any past Thanksgiving, except for the one I spent in Japan back in the ’90s. Somehow our hosts brought in a turkey for our group. Looking ahead, we all know how strange Christmas and New Year’s will be. Will Times Square be filled with…
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  • Pandemic Changes Could Increase The Likelihood Of A K-Shaped Recovery - COVID-19 has so far managed to shake this country to its very core. In our response to it, we have had to confront longstanding issues that could prove pivotal in the coming years. How we treat our sick, how we work, how we value different professions and those employed in them, how we care for…
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  • Déjà Vu, All Over Again - With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we know Christmas and New Year’s can’t be far behind. Few of us can’t wait to put this year behind us. Nothing seems to be the same, including most likely your Thanksgiving celebration next week. So often when I’m talking with clients, they ask me the same question.…
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