Second Quarter Market Commentary 2020

by Dennis O'Keefe on Jun 30, 2020

Imagine you could travel back in time to 1918 and the Spanish Flu outbreak.  World War I was wrapping up and suddenly, everyone was getting sick.  Tens of millions died in an event raced across the globe three times in two years.

Life did not look very normal at that time.  And I’m sure people felt that it was never going to be like it was before this disease. Or before the War.

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Live a Life of Purpose

by Dennis O'Keefe on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Justin Schmidt is an entomologist.  That means he studies bugs.  He's got a "thing" for stinging insects.  In fact, you may have heard of him.  He's the creator of the Schmidt Pain Scale.  It measures the pain from biting insects from the mosquito to the bullet ant.

The Schmidt Pain Scale is similar to the Richter Scale for earthquakes.  Instead of a 9-point scale like Richter’s, the Schmidt Pain Scale is from 0.1 to 4.0.  And like the Richter Scale, every whole-number increase is actually a factor of 10.

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Is It Time To Retire Your Monday Morning Quarterback?

by Dennis O'Keefe on Apr 29, 2020

Let me take you back to a moment you likely won’t ever forget.  Super Bowl 49.  Your New England Patriots versus the Seattle Seahawks.  Bill Belichick versus Pete Carroll.  Patriots are leading by four points with 26 seconds left in the game.   Seattle has the ball and it's second-and-goal at the Patriots’ 1 yard line.

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Is There A Silver Lining to the Coronavirus?

by Dennis O'Keefe on Apr 15, 2020

Tragedy is a terrible thing.  And for the most part, it is unavoidable.  If X doesn't get you, Y is waiting around the corner.  Tough times are an inevitable part of life.

We’ve had a lot of tragedy in the last 100 years or so.  Two world wars.  Various other military conflicts.  A presidential assassination.   Multiple recessions.  

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Long Term Financial Effects of the Coronavirus

by Dennis O'Keefe on Apr 9, 2020

There is a lot of discussion of how the Coronavirus pandemic might affect us and our economy in the long run. Many are speculating on the various types of companies to buy, or sell, to take best advantage of the situation. 

Major economic and social events have an ability to change us as a culture. I recall growing up around my grandparents who were adults during the Great Depression. They worked modest jobs and lived modest lives. They never took extravagant vacations or owned expensive cars. 

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Don’t Flip Over Real Estate Investing!

by Dennis O'Keefe on Mar 30, 2020

Spring is almost here.  And with it comes thoughts of real estate.  

A few days ago, I was flipping through the channels on the television.  I noticed a curious trend that I hadn't seen in a number of years:  A proliferation of house-flipping television shows.

The economy is poised for the popularity of these shows.  Interest rates are low and property values are increasing.  If you peruse your TV listings or check out your YouTube feed, you'll see dozens of these shows dealing with buying property, fixing it up and selling or perhaps renting it.  

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What To Expect In The Coming Decade -  Part III - Higher Education

by Dennis O'Keefe on Feb 11, 2020

As we transition from one decade to the next, we often focus on what has transpired in the previous ten years.  The last few blogs have focused on the future – and what changes might be in store for us financially.  

As I briefly mentioned in our last blog, life was very different for a graduating college student thirty years ago.  Even though I personally graduated during a recession, I’d rather be a graduate then than now.  It seemed like there were more opportunities back then for success.

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What To Expect In The Coming Decade -  Part II - Employment

by Dennis O'Keefe on Jan 22, 2020

Last month we began a short series on trends to watch for in the 2020’s.  In the previous blog, we discussed how real estate might change in the coming years – especially in parts of the country that attract a large number of retirees.  

In this issue, I want to talk about employment.  There is a trend that has been under the radar for over a decade and we need to see how it will impact us economically in the coming decades.

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Fourth Quarter Commentary 2019

by Dennis O'Keefe on Jan 2, 2020

What a wonderful year in the market!  US stocks were up double-digits almost across the board.  It was a great time to be invested.  Before we get our hopes up too high, some of the gains of 2019 were due in part to the losses experienced in late 2018.  

The fourth quarter of 2018 was fraught with panic from retail sales estimates to the China Trade Deal to a myriad of other unimportant issues.  This led to a three-month market drop that saw a 14% loss in the fourth quarter and effectively eliminated any gains for 2018.

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What To Expect In the Coming Decade - Part I - Real Estate

by Dennis O'Keefe on Dec 20, 2019

It is part of human nature to find order, which is why we focus on milestone dates.  Dates like our 50th or 75th birthday, our 25th wedding anniversary and like many are doing in the last few weeks of this month, the end of every decade.  

I have to be honest – it seems like in many ways that 2010 was last week.  The year 2000 doesn’t even seem that long ago.  

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