Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • June 30, 2013 - Your Quarterly Checkup

    Hawk100 conducts routine processes to check portfolios consistent with a process recommended by Morningstar. (Morningstar)



  • June 28, 2013 - Short Waiting List for Fed.

    Consensus opinion is that Bernanke will step down as Fed chair when his term ends next Jan.  WSJ reports a short list of those the White House may nominate for the chair. (WSJ)



  • June 27, 2013 - Stocks Rise Again.

    Stock markets around the world rose again today after stable economic reports this week eased fears that central banks (read Bernanke) would aggressively etreat from monetary stimulus packages. (WSJ)



  • June 26, 2013 - Gold Loses More Luster

    Gold has lost nearly three years of gains and last traded at $1223.80 per ounce. Any gold recovery depends on Bernanke pursuing yet more QE. (WSJ)



  • June 25, 2013 - Supreme Justice

    The Supreme Court has divided along ideological lines on nearly every decision made in this session.  Today, the Court overturned key provisions of voting laws that had constrained certain states under federal powers and oversight. (WSJ)



  • June 25, 2013 - Demographics Drive All.

    Markets follow financial fundamentals.

    Financials follow economics.

    Economics follow demographics.

    Here is a distinctive opinion about prevailing demographic trends.

    (Morningstar)



  • June 24, 2013 - A Goals-Based Investing Fan.

    Zvi Bodie discloses to CFA audience that he is a "big fan of goals-based investing." Explore Hawk100's purpose-driven approach to align wealth with life.



  • June 24, 2013 - 10 tenants to "All Pro" Fatherhood.

    Strive to be an All Pro Dad by following 10 tenants.  It's worth the effort. (AllProDad)



  • June 20, 2013 - Buy on the Dips

    Jeremy Siegel calls market slump a buying opportunity. (Bloomberg)



  • June 19, 2013 - Markets Fall on Bernanke Comments

    Stocks and bonds expectedly fell as soon as the Fed set the stage to reduce its bond buying binge.  (WSJ)



  • June 18, 2013 - Roth Generation GapClick to enlarge

    An Employee Benefit Research Institute study reveals that workers contribute more frequently to Roth IRAs than to Traditional IRAs. The gap is wider among younger employees than older employees.  (EBRI)



  • June 17, 2013 - What is your plan?

    When pursuing a financial plan, ask your advisor why they make the suggestions in the plan. If it's not in your interest, choose another advisor, like Hawk100 to help align your wealth with your life. (WSJ)



  • June 12, 2013 - Global markets continue divergence

    Financial markets around the world are behaving differently in response to economic trends underfoot.  (WSJ)



  • June 12, 2013 - Cancer Charity

    Hawk100 asks friends to join it in supporting the 2013 Clemens Cycle for Cancer, Saturday, June 15.

    Please consider taking one of the following actions:
    1. help spread word of the event...invite a friend.
    2. ride in one of the scenic, supported routes from 6--62 miles.
    3. volunteer to help make the day enjoyable and safe for all.
    4. support the cause financially...it is a fundraiser after all.
    www.mvhfoundation.org/ClemensCycleForCancer for info.



  • June 11, 2013 - 529 Recommendations for College Bound.

    Hawk100 recommends that you avoid common pitfalls when withdrawing from your 529 to pay for college. (SavingForCollege.com)



  • June 06, 2013 - Jobless Claims Fall to Magic Level

    Jobless claims in the US fell to 346,000--below the 350,000 threshold that many economists consider contractionary. (WSJ)



  • June 06, 2013 - Labor market improvement.Click to enlarge

    US labor markets have steadily improved since 2009.

    (SOURCE: Telemet)



  • June 05, 2013 - Bits of Advice to Grads

    “The key to success (scientifically speaking) is perseverance. You've just got to hang in there ... A great way to be more resilient is to stop comparing yourself to other people, and compare yourself to your own past performance ... Are you improving? That's the only question that matters.”
    --Heidi Grant Halvorson, Columbia University

    (AdvisorOne)



  • June 04, 2013 - What Ben Giveth, Ben Taketh Away

    Stocks that have risen during the various Fed easing programs are now falling as investors wonder whether Uncle Ben (Bernanke) plans to slow the printing press. (Bloomberg)



  • June 03, 2013 - MOOCs Lower College Costs

    Georgia Tech's online Masters Degree promises to counter the long standing inflationary trend of college tuition and could improve education quality by connecting students with the best lecturers available. (WSJ)