Author Archives: Michael McKeown, CFA, CPA

Ready For The Pitch

Many people say the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a fastball. Well, the Indians just hit fastballs for 22 straight games. Here in our world, though, we have different sorts of pitches we take every day.

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Watching The Weight

In designing portfolios, we talk about the term ‘weight’ as a percentage of the total portfolio to asset classes, strategies, and styles. We throw around the word like everyone knows the meaning as we intend. However, this is not always the case!

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Puppy Investments

A little over a month ago, my wife and I got a puppy. Before you say anything – I know – what were we thinking taking on this challenge?

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The Story Behind Americans Owning Stocks

It’s an unavoidable truth: Markets need more buyers than sellers to push prices higher.

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Happy Birthday, ‘Merica

This week the U. S. of A. celebrated two important milestones.

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Housing Selling Season

Housing is an important component of the U.S. economy. Monitoring this sector’s strength and growth trend has forecasting value. Housing prices are looking to continue increasing and driving the U.S. economy.

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Passive Investments and Active Decisions

While the industry may call using index funds ‘passive,’ the investment process does not have to be.

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Aurum Second Quarter Commentary – 2017

Aurum Wealth Management summarizes the latest investment news including: The U.S. economy, European stocks look cheap and could be seeing a turn in earnings, Corporate credit spreads and REITs.

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On The Hiking Trail

During the previous business cycle, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates 17 times in increments of 0.25%, taking the Fed funds rate from 1.00% to 5.25%. The committee increased rates at each meeting over 24 months from June 2004 to July of 2006. While the Federal Reserve controls the Fed funds rate, it influences the bond market.

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Snowball Lessons

I have a confession to make. Despite Warren Buffett being the most successful investor of all time, I never was really interested in him. He felt like the mega-band that everyone already knew about; like proclaiming U2 was your favorite band at the peak of Bono’s popularity.

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