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Kent Thune

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Stocks Still Avoiding Significant Correction

Wednesday April 16, 2014

At the beginning of 2014, I cautioned investors to watch for a 10% correction during the year. Just roughly one-third into 2014, the stock market has yet to penetrate deeper than a 5% move to the downside. What can this mean going forward in the short-term? Read More...

One Simple Way to Beat a 'Rigged' Market

Wednesday April 2, 2014

The loudest media noise headline of the current news cycle is that the stock market is rigged and that the victims of this unfair marketplace are everyday individual investors like you and me. But there is a simple way to win Read More...

March 2014 Index Performance

Monday March 31, 2014

How did the major markets perform in March 2014? Here are the basics:

S&P 500: 1.44%

Barcap Aggregate: -0.41%

Looking Back on the 1st Quarter of 2014

Monday March 31, 2014

March 31 brings the end of the first calendar quarter and a meaningful time to look back on the first three months of the year for capital markets and the economy. What were the stories that brought us to where we are now? Read More...

Yellen Comments Boost Stocks and Bonds

Monday March 31, 2014

Prices for stocks and bonds both climbed on the last trading day in March, as new Fed chief, Janet Yellen, gives the dovish signal that interest rates will remain low for the foreseeable future and confirmed the Fed's "extraordinary commitment" to Read More...

So the Stock Market is Rigged. What Will You Do About It?

Monday March 31, 2014

If you watched 60 Minutes last night, you heard the shocking announcement [sarcasm intended] that the stock market is rigged. We've heard this before but who is saying it now and how is the stock market rigged? Also, what will you do about it? Read More...

Fundamental Investing vs Technical Trading Debate Growing Louder

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Fundamental investors are starting to complain about historically high valuations and technical traders are saying the market is going higher. The often opposing arguments are growing more divided by the day over the next move for this bull market. But perhaps they are both correct. Read More...

The Story of PIMCO (and Why You Should Pay Attention)

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Why is the legendary bond fund manager, Bill Gross, and his mutual fund company, PIMCO, in financial news lately? Why does it matter? Mutual funds, especially those that are actively-managed, are about more than just performance; they are about the manager(s), especially when Read More...

Latest Study on Index Funds Outperforming Actively-Managed Funds

Friday March 21, 2014

The active vs passive (index funds compared to actively-managed funds) debate is not a new one. However, the past 5 years of stock market history has made the case for the wisdom of investing in index funds more clear than ever. Read More...

Russia & China Driving Markets

Wednesday March 19, 2014

In the event you haven't noticed, stock prices and capital markets in general are being driven primarily by news on the Russia and Ukraine developments and economic headwinds in China. How is this affecting emerging markets funds? Read More...

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