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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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    Biggest Risk Facing Investors Today: Outliving Their Financial Assets

    By John Petrides on November 20, 2019

    Trade tariffs with China. The Federal Reserve’s stance on monetary policy. The slope of the yield curve.  Geopolitical risk with North Korea and the Middle East, plus countless other issues are all concerning factors that impact the daily movement of financial markets. This volatility can cause investors to lose sleep at night. However important and …

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    Building Shareholder Value in the Gold Mining Sector

    By Ryan McIntyre on June 21, 2019

    The gold mining sector appears to have turned over a new leaf. It is reshaping itself to generate higher returns on capital in a neutral gold price environment. Over the past nine months we have seen some notable value creating activity in the gold mining sector. The first significant move was the merger between Barrick …

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