Thoughts

2020 Mid Year Outlook

Hi Folks,

LPL Research has changed the format of how they present their “Mid-Year Outlook”, and has recently produced a pretty nice video. We have attached ...

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2020 "Halftime" Market Report

Here we are, beginning the second half of 2020. To date, it has been a remarkable year. (That’s probably quite an understatement.)

 

What follows is a partial list of the challenges we have faced so far in the year 2020: the Coronavirus pandemic, business closures, an election year ...

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Fourth of July Optimism

June 30, 2020

Dear Valued Investor:

The July Fourth holiday will be very different this year. Although it’s a time to enjoy family and friends, and maybe even watch some fireworks, social distancing and a new wave of COVID-19 cases ....

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Looking Forward

As we look ahead to the summer months, we can’t help but think what a challenging year it’s been so far. At the same time, we’re encouraged by the resiliency and accelerated innovation among US businesses and the efforts by our national, state, and local governments to ...

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Better Times Are Coming

May 21, 2020

Dear Valued Investor:

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

The economic struggles in our country are ....

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Nowhere To Go But Up

Dear Valued Investor:

Investors like labels for the economy and financial markets—many of them with the word “great” in them. The Great Depression. The Great Recession. The Great Lockdown. Well, we’ve moved into what we might call ...

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How We Respond Matters

As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, how we respond to it will determine how we beat it. Continued sacrifices range from everyone in the medical community ....

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A Unique Economic Situation

These are challenging times, and this week may be the toughest as we wait for COVID-19 to reach its peak in the United States. As the war against COVID-19 wages on, we continue to be inspired by the tremendous bravery shown by.....

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When it Rains Gold, Reach for a Bucket

“Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold. When downpours of that sort occur, reach for a bucket.” —Warren Buffett

The battle with COVID-19 rages ...

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Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Scammers, fraudsters, and other criminals are taking advantage of rapidly changing data and facts associated with COVID-19, both in the workplace and in our homes. Government agencies, corporations, and news outlets continue to warn individuals to be mindful of increased fraudulent... 

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We are here for you.

I wanted to send out a quick note to everyone. The market movements we have been experiencing have been historical in nature. We are here for you.

Our office is ......

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Managing Volatility & Looking for Some Green Shoots

Fears over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have gripped the country and sent stocks in the US and around the world into bear markets. Thursday’s nearly 10% decline in the S&P 500 Index was one of its worst days in history and the largest one-day percent ...

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A Clear Vision of Financial Goals

Our everyday lives have changed dramatically over the last few weeks as we work together to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know these efforts are necessary, but they also have come at a cost.

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Coping With Market Volatility

Fears over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have gripped the country and sent stocks in the US and around the world into bear markets. Thursday’s nearly 10% decline in the S&P 500 Index....

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Market Update: Coronavirus

The tough times that global markets were experiencing due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) worsened this past weekend as a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia resulted in sharply declining oil prices. This combination of events is testing investors’ patience.

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"Inflation Is A Good Thing"

When we discuss inflation and retirement planning with clients, the discussion typically revolves around the detrimental effects of inflation on future expenses. Inflation has been one of the “facts of life” that we all have faced, and usually assume to be a bad thing.

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Thoughts on Retirement

What is retirement? We have a pretty simple definition. It is being able to do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it, and having the financial ability to do it.

Sounds pretty simple, right? It is basic. But, it is also the truth.

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Retirement: 5 Things To Consider

Retirement is the centerpiece of financial planning. Retirement represents freedom from engaging in activities that you must do, and allows the freedom to engage in activities that you want to do.

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Market Perspective 10.10.2018 Letter

As I write this, on October 10, 2018, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 720 points, and the market has not closed for this session.

The reason I’m writing this missive is to let you all know that we are monitoring the market moves, and want to let you know our thoughts.

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8th Anniversary Letter

Today, we are celebrating the 8th anniversary of the opening of our practice on October 8, 2010!

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2014 End of Year

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful relationships that we enjoy with you all. Helping you is why we exist.

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Fifth Year in Business 

Deacon Wealth Management has recently entered our fifth year in business. Our sustained success is due directly to the tremendous support of our clients and the friends of Deacon Wealth Management. Thanks to all of you, our firm is expanding rapidly during these challenging economic times. We take helping you in the process of trying to meet and exceed your financial goals as an honor.

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2012 Recap

There are talking heads predicting 2013 market moves, setting prediction prices for commodities such as gold and oil, and in general, reading crystal balls for the general public’s consumption.

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"Real Historical Perspective" 

 We have recently been engaged by a local historical society to manage investments to promote their long term goals. I guess that is what got me thinking a bit deeper with regard to historical perspectives on markets, communities, economies, etc.

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Leader of the Pack

There is only one fundamental rule of investing, buy low and sell high. As a financial advisor, I see many people do just the opposite when left to their own devices, and buy high and sell low.

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What's In a Name?

I heard a song the other day by country music star Dierks Bentley called, “My Last Name”. The song is about having generations of a family carry on a lasting legacy of having a “good name”.

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Is Now The Time To Add Real Estate To Your Assets?

Real Estate is an important part of a well-rounded wealth planning process (remember our “Four Foundations”).  There are several types of real estate investments.

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Four Foundations of Wealth

Our lives and the freedom that we have in our lives are directly determined by the level of financial freedom we can create for ourselves. Financial freedom is created through steady cash flows, which are derived from stable wealth platforms.  

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