A help wanted sign hanging in the window of a store.

More People Needed

December 27, 2021

December 27, 2021 The holiday season has provided a reminder of just how hard it is for stores and restaurants to find staff. Written apologies for likely service shortcomings routinely greet you at the door, accompanied by a plea for…

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Tinkle Bells

December 20, 2021

December 20, 2021 Hopefully this finds you pulling out your fuzzy socks and preparing to sit next to a warm fireplace with your favorite toddy. In the spirit of this festive season, I am swapping financial planning for a few…

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“Runnin’ Down a Dream”

December 14, 2021

December 14, 2021 The holidays might provide some time to review our plans for the future. As inspiration, you could turn on some Tom Petty and listen to “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”  Petty’s lyrics tell the story of an open-road car…

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Where the Action Is

December 6, 2021

December 06, 2021 You might not agree, but I think the financial markets are always exciting and rarely more than this past week. They offered plenty to talk about. From Omicron to inflation, Fed tapering and tightening, a potential government…

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The Painful Math of Inflation

November 29, 2021

November 29, 2021 There have been a lot of questions raised lately about inflation. Is it transitory? What goods and services have been the most impacted? Where are interest rates headed? What might be the longer-term effect on stock prices?…

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“Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places”

November 22, 2021

November 22, 2021 The iconic 1980 movie Urban Cowboy featured a song by Johnny Lee entitled “Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places.” What’s that got to do with markets, the economy, and investment opportunities? Everything. The current growing…

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Is Breaking up Really So Hard to Do?

November 15, 2021

November 15, 2021 Last week saw announcements from two large multi-national corporations that they would start to break up and split off some of their core lines of business. Corporate splits and spin-offs are nothing new, but these two grabbed…

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Chop, Chop

November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021 In the 5 years that I have been living near the Battery, I have never been able to hear the cheers of the Braves fans filling up the stadium. Over the past few weeks, something changed. The…

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Keeping Up with Inflation

November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021 Lately, our household has been in a mode of rearranging. With a new baby arriving after Thanksgiving, our two-year-old big sister-to-be is preparing to move out of the nursery and into her “big girl” room. Thus began…

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Holiday Shoppers – It’s Now or Never

October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021 In mid-December last year, I wrote about how we were fast approaching the last chance to buy gifts for the holidays. Covid lockdowns had accelerated the trend toward shopping online rather than in person. Shipping companies were…

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