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Stop the Losses

The stock market is at it again, rearing its head providing a wild ride. Would you like to tame this beast? Well, you have the ability to do so. No, we don’t have any magic for you to make this happen, it is entirely within your control. We are not suggesting going to cash which would have its own issues; inflation and buying back into the market. So, what to do?

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Open Enrollment: Pay Attention

We are now in open enrollment on the government (39 states) or state health insurance exchanges (11 states and the District of Columbia)—so this is the time of year when consumers can buy health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  In most states, the enrollment season lasts six weeks—half as long as it used to—and many people are wondering whether the ACA is still viable.  Hasn’t the Trump administration taken steps to make it easier for healthy individuals to opt out of ACA and buy cheaper coverage that lacks certain popular consumer protections?  Doesn’t the economics of covering pre-existing conditions require that all insurance buyers participate in the overall pool of insurance premiums?

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Stocks Go On Sale Again

If you’re the kind of person who likes to worry, then October has given you plenty of stimulus.  After yesterday’s 3.1 percent drop in the popular S&P 500 index, the index has lost 8.8% in this month alone, wiping out all the gains that we’ve enjoyed this year, putting the index in negative territory.  The once-soaring Nasdaq Composite Index of technology companies tumbled 4.4% on the same day.

In times when the markets are dropping, even if they haven’t hit correction territory yet (that would be a 10% drop), the media needs to find a narrative, and you hear all sorts of theories.  Corporate earnings have nowhere to go but down.  The tariffs are slowing down economic activity.  Interest rates are rising.

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