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Markets Close First Quarter of 2020 by Rewriting the Record Books

The first quarter of 2020 is over and investors are glad that it’s in the rear-view mirror. Remember when your parents said, “if you can’t say anything nice about so and so, don’t say anything at all?” It was that kind of quarter.

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Consider the companies that are sitting on stockpiles of cash. Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway, Alphabet (Google) and Apple were each sitting on more than $100 billion of cash as of the end of last year, according to FactSet. And Facebook and Amazon together are sitting on another $100 billion of cash...

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Investors have been whipsawed during late February and early March. Consider the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average from February 27th through March 11th of 2020. Investors saw:

  • The three largest-one-day-losses in history – February 27th, March 9th and March 11th
  • The three largest-o...

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Because every generation believes that younger generations have it easier

Older generations are always quick to suggest that younger generations are lazier, more spoiled and have an easier time at just about everything.

Baby Boomers are quick to proclaim that Generation X, or Millennials or Gen...

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In three trading days, the DJIA recorded its biggest one-day point gain and its biggest one-day point loss in its 125-year history.

That’s volatility.

Thursday Was Ugly

By the time the final bell tolled on Thursday, February 27th, stunned investors saw that:

  • The DJIA gave back 1,190 points...

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Tax season looms, but who will prepare your return? If you don’t do your own, then make sure your preparer has the right professional designation. Two warning signs:

  1. If the person who prepares your return does not sign it, certifying that it is complete and accurate to the best of their knowledge...

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