Category Archives for Independent Thinking

“Trump Bump” to “Trump Slump”: Why We’re Not Concerned

March 27, 2017
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Trump Bump. Trump Slump. The financial media loves simple catchphrases to describe what’s going on in the market. S&P futures are down this morning as it looks like we’ll see a selloff due to Congress’ inability to repeal and replace Obamacare and continuing fears that tax reform will be more difficult to pass than expected. We think it’ll be easier for Republicans to agree on tax reform than health care reform and tax cuts will pass in due time. In the meantime, market volatility can be good for the opportunistic investor, as the Wall Street…

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How I Consistently Beat the Stock Market As An Independent Investor

February 14, 2017
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This is where the author, a professional investor, promises the reader that for the next 300 pages he’ll thare the secrets of his success. But rule number one, in my book, is: Stop listening to professionals! Peter Lynch, One Up On Wall Street* Click here to Download this Article How many people do you know, who when asked about their investments, respond: “I just give my money to an investment advisor” or “I don’t really want to be bothered with the stock market?” What about you? Have you been reluctant…

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Why You Should Think For Yourself When Investing

December 14, 2016
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  Do you know who Tomaz Cajner, Rebecca Zarutskie, or Marco Macchiavelli are?  They’re Ph.D.s employed by the Federal Reserve using your tax dollars.  Bet you didn’t think you were paying someone named Macchiavelli to influence economic policy! The Fed employs more than 300 Ph.D. economists, yet with all that brainpower, they’re still unable to predict accurately what should be done with the economy.  Back in September, before the election, they were unsure if economic growth factors deemed it appropriate for an interest rate hike. Now, in this afternoon’s announcement, they’re expected to raise…

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The Fees! Not the Fees!

May 16, 2016
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For The American Dream Journal’s first post, we’d like to discuss an important issue affecting nearly every investor: the fees that are so damaging to the long-term health of an investment portfolio.  Whether it’s a lack of interest, lack of time, or lack of knowledge, even the most sophisticated of investors can be taken advantage of without paying proper attention to the fees charged by mutual funds and financial advisers. As we will stress over and over again, each individual is responsible for ensuring that their investments are in the right hands.  That means being proactive, doing…

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