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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Taxes are a form of expense just like any fee, and they eat into your investment return. Mutual fund investors should be aware of taxes implications of the fund they are buying into.

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Josh wrote this Letter to the Editor in the Wall Street Journal about his experience providing important retirement planning guidance to teachers.

 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Risk averse investors need to have a strategy in place to manage their investment portfolio during a variety of market conditions. This contribution aims to help risk averse investors manage their emotions through volatile markets.

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The most recent period of market volatility was accentuated by yesterday’s 3% loss in the S&P 500 due to fears that signs of a recession are beginning to appear. Let’s talk about what it was that unnerved the market: the...

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

After a rough year-end in 2018, with the S&P 500 declining almost 20% intra-4th quarter, 2019 has been a complete reversal with the S&P 500 positive 21.0% year-to- date. It is easy and natural during these times to get comfortable,...

 

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Last week, the S&P 500 hit new record highs, fully recovering from last year's market pullback. This market rebound took four months which, coincidentally, is exactly the historical average for bounce-backs after market corrections....

 

Monday, April 22, 2019

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the end of the global financial crisis, it shouldn't be a surprise that global growth has begun to slow. While the economies of many countries are still healthy, especially here in the U.S.,...

 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Having recently read Malcolm Gladwell's book, 'David and Goliath' I was reminded of how often we assume being an outsider necessarily means being disadvantaged in some way. Yet, on occasion, this lack of formal inclusion does provide a...

 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

In 1970, an economist by the name of Eugene Fama wrote an article entitled "Efficient Capital Markets: A Review of Theory and Empirical Work”. Fama sought to prove that capital markets (stocks and bonds) always trade at a price...

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year and greetings from 4J Wealth Management! We are thrilled to report that 97% of clients followed us from our previous firm. The vast majority (80+%) did so within the first 30 days. We were and continue to be overwhelmed...

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The #S&P 500 ended positive today 2.30%, and the #Dow Jones was positive by 2.44% or 604 points. We believe today was indicative of the type of market we are in. #Jerome Powell spoke today at the Economic Club of New York at 12 PM...

 

Monday, November 12, 2018

One approach to solving a problem is to boil the issue down to its simplest component parts. We are so busy in our daily lives running on a treadmill that we rarely stop to think about what is most important. When it comes to what we...

 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Many investors are programmed to think first and foremost about dividends. The question we receive from so many retirees is 'what is the dividend yield?' Many people come to us with portfolios comprised of many high yielding individual...

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

When we construct or review a portfolio with a client, one of the critical inputs is correctly identifying his/her risk tolerance. Risk tolerance is comprised of two things: ability to take risk and the willingness to take risk....

 

Friday, October 26, 2018

I was recently emailed by a client with an attachment to an article written by investment professionals about the importance of market timing as it pertains to protecting the value of your portfolio. The article further attempted to...

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

As a financial advisor, when markets correct, I often say to myself "if the market would just act rationally, or start to rise again, then...I would be less stressed, relieved etc..." Upon reflection, I realized people's attitudes...

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Given the recent heightened market volatility, it is important to not to let emotion/panic drive decision making. If you are checking your portfolio value during times like these, it can make sticking with the long-term plan more...