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    Chairman’s Letter 2Q20

    By Robert Kleinschmidt on July 28, 2020

    Dear Fellow Investors, Unprecedented is a word that gets tossed around so frequently these days that it is, well, unprecedented. More often than not, the word is misused to mean something other than, or in addition to, “without precedent.” Rather, it gets used to mean “a really big deal” or “exceedingly rare” or, more likely, …

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    Be a Bear-Market Buyer

    By Joseph Piropato on May 15, 2020

    The stock market’s wild swings so far in 2020 have been enough to unnerve many experienced investors.  And while it’s extremely important to be mindful of near-term liquidity needs, we believe it’s essential to be a buyer in a bear market in order to build long-term, multi-generational wealth. In sharp drawdowns and bear markets that …

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    Volatility vs. Risk

    By Paul Kleinschmidt on April 28, 2020

    Time is the investor’s friend and the speculator’s foe. Why?  One reason is that many market participants tend to confuse risk and volatility. For long term investors (and really, there is no other kind) volatility represents not a true risk, as in complete loss of principal, but an aggravation, and, very often, an opportunity.  This is …

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    Public Service Warning: Don’t Time the Market

    By John Petrides on March 3, 2020

    The S&P 500 just hit a record! However, it’s not one to celebrate. The market had its fastest 10% correction ever! It took just six days to turn investor sentiment from being risk-on to risk-off. Since August of 2019, the market’s rise could either be viewed as impressive or ostrich-like. Stocks ran up in the …

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    The S&P “5”

    By John Petrides on February 4, 2020

    When investors speak of “the market” they are commonly referring to the S&P 500 Index. Originally the Index was created as a basket of 500 companies offering investors a way to gauge, in a diversified and broad manner, the strength of the U.S. economy. Additionally, the Index offered investors the ability to compare their portfolio …

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