Quarterly Market Review – 2018 Q3

As of August 21, the longest-running S&P 500 rally (by some counts) was born out of “the ashes of the financial crisis.” Then came mid-September – ten years since the beginning of the financial crisis of 2008 – along with the usual flurry of “decade after” reflections. As of quarter-end, as reported by Morningstar, “Following […]

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The Antacid for Market Turbulence

Let’s be clear: We did not wish for, nor in any way cause a tumble in the markets, especially among tech stocks. That said, we could not have come up with a more telling illustration to underscore the perennial value of building – and maintaining – a globally diversified investment portfolio for achieving your greatest […]

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Correlation – An Underappreciated Partner

Here at Shoreline we try to keep the financial jargon to a minimum. But even where we may succeed, you’re likely to encounter references elsewhere that can turn valuable information into mumbo-jumbo yet to be translated. Consider us your interpreter. Today, we’ll explore correlation, and why it matters to investing. A Quick Take: Correlation Helps People […]

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Tuning Out the Noise

For investors, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the relentless stream of news about markets.Being bombarded with data and headlines presented as impactful to your financial well-being can evoke strong emotional responses from even the most experienced investors. Headlines from the ”lost decade”[1] can help illustrate several periods that may have led market […]

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Quarterly Market Review Q1 2018

If you were a member of the popular press, you’d probably be happy with 2018’s first quarter performance. At last – some volatility-fueling news in early February, with plenty of enticing “largest,” “fastest,” and “worst” market superlatives to savor after a long, languid lull.  Download PDF As usual, there are plenty of potential culprits to […]

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The ABC’s of Behavioral Biases

By now, you’ve probably heard the news: Your own behavioral biases are often the greatest threat to your financial well-being.  As investors, we leap before we look. We stay when we should go. We cringe at the very risks that are expected to generate our greatest rewards. All the while, we rush into nearly every move, […]

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Temporary Declines are Inevitable

It has been more than 3,280 days since we hit the bottom of the Financial Crisis on March 9, 2009. The 17-month drop in Market Values that began on October 10, 2007 saw the Standard and Poor’s 500 lose more than half of its value as it dropped from a high of 1565 to its low point of 676. If you had retired at the start with $1,000,000 fully invested in the S&P 500 you would have watched your nest egg shrink to $430,000.

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