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Stock Market Update

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For investors, and reporters who cover the market, it has been a very stressful August. With the S&P Downgrade, a general lack of leadership and agreement in Washington, the multiple crisis in Europe (think Greece, Italy, etc.), and an above average crop of doom and gloom prognosticators, it is understandable that even the most hardy, intrepid, investor is reeling.  With the London riots, one begins to feel the “End of the World” may indeed be approaching.

Some declare buy and hold dead, Mark Cuban says “diversification is for idiots”, and a plethora of new alternatives to traditional investing seem to appear every day. Commercials telling you to stop even thinking about investing in the stock market are featured in almost every programming break and on business stations! Prophets of doom tout the accuracy of their previous predictions with new and equally dramatic new predictions. The Marist Poll indicates 68% of American’s believe the “worst is yet to come” and consumer confidence hasn’t been this low since 1980. I don’t know about you, but my inbox is packed with offers to help me out of this predicament. My favorite is “Critical Warning #6”, his first five evidently giving him credibility for his new prediction that will hit most people like a “brick wall”.

But do the facts match the reporting and the predictions? In a word, no!

Here is a mid-month report of the total returns, including dividends, of the market indices tracked by the Whole Investor Network.

Index 081211

You have a choice. You may choose the long-term strategic approach with little or no stress or you may choose any number of alternative short-term approaches loaded with drama and stress. The evidence clearly supports the former while those who wish to make money off of your fear, with the possible support of the pharmaceutical industry, encourage you to accept False Evidence Appearing Real.
The choice is yours….

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Market Report Data

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Financially Smitten Guest Post

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Very pleased to have the opportunity to be featured on Lora Sasiela’s Financially Smitten Blog! To be in the company of Kathleen B. KingsburyBarbara Stanny, Manisha Thakor, as a guest writer is a real privilege. I encourage those of you who have not visited Financially Smitten to take a look, particularly at her Money Vision Board eBook!

For those visiting from Financially Smitten, click Resources above and scroll to the right for the book excerpts and the free advisor questionnaire.

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Center for Retirement Research

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The Center for Retirement Research is based at Boston College. The goals of the Center for Retirement Research are to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to a broad audience, to help train new scholars, and to expand access to valuable data resources.

 

The Center just released a new publication that is free as an eBook or available for purchase through the Center for $2.15. The Social Security Claiming Guide is simple but comprehensive. I highly recommend anyone in the 45-70 year old range to get a copy. It provides everything you need to know about making “the most important financial decision of your life”.

 


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Disclosure to Visitors and Members

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One of the most important items investors should review are the disclosures of your financial professional and their firm. So, although the Whole Investor Network is not a financial firm, here is an important disclosure.

Disclosure: The Whole Investor Network does not currently, nor does it plan, to provide any investment products or services to its’ visitors and members. Offerings are limited to books, videos, webinars, conference calls, and speaking engagements with the purpose of providing helpful information and educational material for people who invest.

The sole goal of the Whole Investor Network and the Investiphobia Book Series is to eliminate the fears of investors – one investor at a time!

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Whole Investor Network News

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A few years ago, one of my advisors was shocked when he discovered I was not on Twitter. At his suggestion, I signed up and discovered a great news source. Recently I added a feature that takes a substantial number of stories from Twitter and arranges them in an online newspaper format. Paper.li releases the Whole Investor News every afternoon with all the sections you would expect in a regular newspaper; Front Page, Business, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Food, etc.

You can get your issue delivered via email or RSS. Take a look and let me know what you think!

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