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Client Letter November 2015: Shaken Not Stirred

Client Letter November 2015: Shaken Not Stirred

James Bond usually gets roughed up pretty good as he goes about his missions, but invariably comes out golden in the end. And like 007’s infamous martini, global stocks markets were shaken in August and September, only to recover vigorously in October as the S&P had its best month since 2011 with an 8.4% return.

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Nice Job Mr Gentile

Nice Job Mr Gentile

TWM News

Nice job, Mr. Gentile. Congrats to TWM’s Jordan Gentile who just passed his Series 65, the Uniform Investment Adviser Examination! His business card now reads Assistant Financial Adviser and, among his many duties, he will be serving as client account manager for our Legacy and Growth accounts.

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No Social Security COLA could mean increased Medicare premiums

No Social Security COLA could mean increased Medicare premiums

The absence of significant inflation, driven by gas prices which are substantially lower than a year ago, means bad news in 2016 for those who receive Social Security benefits - there will be no cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA.  In an unintended consequence, Medicare premiums could also rise for many. 

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Embracing the Winners .... and the Losers

Embracing the Winners  .... and the Losers

Commodities and Emerging Markets have performed poorly in the last few years. Should you sell low?

While it would be fun to hold a Portfolio in which all of the asset classes were going up at the same time, it would be a nightmare if they were all moving down at once.

To protect against epic losses, investors seek uncorrelated returns — asset classes that behave dissimilarly so that a portfolio’s ingredients don’t all move in the same direction at the same time.

But diversified portfolios should be built with the knowledge that including uncorrelated assets means always having to endure pain in part of the portfolio. That part will be going down or remaining flat, since it tends to move differently from the uncorrelated part that is going up.

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What Can You Control?

What Can You Control?

Theoretically, the best investor is the one with a crystal ball – one who can see the future and capitalize on it.  In the absence of such a magical device, smart investors focus on what they can control to gain an advantage over other investors.

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Client Letter October 2015

Client Letter October 2015

Staying Put and Avoiding the Market's Sentimental Journey

When the market "corrects," what's being corrected?
The sharp decline in bullish attitudes amond investors is a very healthy development that increases the likely longevity of the current bull market.

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What Soccer Can Teach Us About Investing

What Soccer Can Teach Us About Investing

Debunking the Action Bias

At times like these, investors often wonder whether they should react to the market correction. The newest member of our gang here at TWM, Jordan Gentile, played goalie on his college soccer team. In our e-Letter this month, he offers this interesting analogy about how goalies tend to react when they face the ultimate pressure situation, a penalty kick. Most goalies “feel” like they need to do something, jump to the right or the left, to try to stop the shot. But statistics show they would be better off if they just stayed put in the middle.

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Client Letter September 2015

Client Letter September 2015

Market Whodunit

The sudden drop in the market has everyone looking for a culprit. The explanation may be much more elementary than you think, my dear Watson. Remember, the stock market predicts about twenty recessions for every one that actually occurs. In this case, stocks have been falling despite generally positive economic news. This suggests that the correction is probably technical, and not fundamental in nature. 

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Elementary Advice on the market conundrum

Elementary Advice on the market conundrum

Not even the sharpest living minds on investing have a good clue what’s coming next. Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett admitted in May that he had been “wrong” about interest rates. Global investors continue to struggle in the quest for signs of what the future will look like – for interest rates, for China, for energy, for Greece. It’s an enigma everywhere, making the financial markets one of today’s greatest mysteries. Bruce Thompson spies the real culprit in the recent market decline.

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Client Note August 25, 2015

Client Note August 25, 2015

The market has been brutal over the last few days as concerns over China, fed rate hikes, and commodity weakness have invoked worries that haven’t been felt so acutely since 2011 during the Eurozone crisis, and conjuring up bad memories of 2008. 

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Renting Out a Second Home

Renting Out a Second Home

Considering renting your second home for income?  Make sure you give it sufficient thought and discuss with your financial advisor...

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Not Just for Newlyweds

Not Just for Newlyweds

Money can create the potential for disagreement among all couples.  Here is a great checklist to place and keep you both on the same page: 

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Resisting Short-term Temptations: The Marshmallow Test

Resisting Short-term Temptations: The Marshmallow Test

The famous marshmallow test conducted in the 1960's showed that we have a hard time resisting instant gratification, even if we know that delaying gratification would lead to an even bigger reward. This, in short, is what makes investing and managing businesses so hard. Success requires many qualities, but conviction, discipline and thinking long-term must rank near the top....

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TWM Welcomes Jordan Gentile

TWM Welcomes Jordan Gentile

Please welcome Jordan Gentile as the newest member of Thompson Wealth Management's team. 

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Client Letter August 2015

Client Letter August 2015

Market Focus: Value and Dividend Stocks out of Fashion

As a style of investing, dividends have under-performed the market recently. Portfolios with an equity income emphasis have lagged the market in the last couple of years. While frustrating in the short run, the longer term picture tells a different story: focus on fundamentals, not trends. In fact, we can exploit trends – not by chasing them, but by faithfully diversifying and rebalancing.

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Gold Falls to 5-Year Low amid dollar's rise

Gold  Falls to 5-Year Low amid dollar's rise

By Marley Jay and Steve Rothwell  Associated Press July 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Investors are running out of reasons to own gold.

The price of the metal, which is often seen as a hedge against inflation and a weak dollar, slumped to its lowest in five years on Monday.

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Client Letter July 2015

Client Letter July 2015

Benchmark Returns June 30, 2015

We wish you a happy and healthy 4th of July weekend. Here’s hoping that you spend the next few days thinking more about barbecues and bottle rockets than the ongoing fireworks in Greece and investment markets.

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Hedge Funds -- Unattractive for Most

Hedge Funds -- Unattractive for Most

"I would never join a club that would have me as a member." Groucho Marx

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Invest in Philanthropy

Invest in Philanthropy

What do your financial and charitable assets have in common? Both can generate additional dollars--if invested with care. 

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Success is Controlling How You Spend Your Time

Success is Controlling How You Spend Your Time
This article was written by Venture Capitalist Peter Cohan based on advice given to one of his Babson College students.
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