March 2019 Market Commentary

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March is the pinnacle of the year for basketball fans with the annual March Madness NCAA Tournament.  Brackets are built, buzzer beater shots are made, Cinderella teams advance deep into the tournament and the National Champion is crowned.  But how does this relate to investing and capital markets? Each person that completes an NCAA bracket… Read more »

February 2019 Viewpoints

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Welcome to Viewpoints, a monthly bulletin from PDS Planning to our valued clients and friends.  Our goal with each issue of Viewpoints is to provide you with a wide variety of perspectives on life and wealth.  Feel free to share with others.   Economic and Investment News Bits Confident:  Optimism about finances is near record-high… Read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day

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While Valentine’s Day may be considered by some to be just another “Hallmark Holiday”, it actually has its roots in historical traditions based on love and devotion.  From all of us at PDS Planning, Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is based on an ancient Roman pagan ritual.  Every February, the Romans celebrated the feast of… Read more »

Living a Rewarding Retirement: The Importance of Time

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  It’s minus 3 degrees this morning, with a thick blanket of snow on the ground, and winds are making it feel like 20 below.  There is little compelling reason for this retired guy to hustle around and get outdoors, so it’s as good a time as any to think about the so-called market meltdown… Read more »

February 2019 Market Commentary

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Wow, what a difference a month can make! The 4th quarter ended on a sour note with domestic stocks down by -14% to -21% and international by -7% to -13%.  To put this into historical perspective, the S&P 500 has experienced 16 quarters of double digit losses dating back to 1968.  On average, these generated… Read more »