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2014 Total Returns for Various Indexes

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

It’s pretty sad that we are closing out the first quarter of 2015 and I’m just now getting around to posting 2014’s returns. I’ll do better from here on out. Bottom line: 2014 was a very rough year for oil.

I Have Officially Been Banned from Pamela Yellen’s Blog

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

There is no discussing facts Pamela Yellen. Here’s a copy of our back and forth for your entertainment: JLP says: April 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm Why did you choose to use price returns for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Averages instead of real returns, which would include dividends? Pamela Yellen says: May […]

Is Pamela Yellen Misleading Her Followers?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

I have seen Pamela Yellen’s books before, but never really paid attention to them until I read this piece by Allan Roth. Yellen is known for her “Bank on Yourself” books, a strategy that utilizes whole life insurance (UGH!). Yellen is very outspoken when it comes to traditional financial advisors (on that we can agree). […]

Is the Market Overvalued? Interesting Thoughts from Fortune’s John Cassidy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I found this tidbit from John Cassidy’s latest column in Fortune to be interesting: “A couple of months ago I mentioned the cyclically adjusted price/earnings (CAPE) ratio, which was flashing amber. Another warning sign is provided by the so-called Q ratio, which compares the market value of corporate assets with their replacement cost, and which […]

The Periodic Table of Dow Jones Total Market Index Sector Total Returns (Through 2013)

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Here is a newly-updated Periodic Table of Dow Jones Total Market Index Sector Total Returns:

2013 Total Returns for the S&P 500 and Other Indexes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

2013 Wow! What a year. • The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 29.65% • The S&P 500 Index was up 32.39% • The S&P MidCap 400 Index was up 33.50% • The S&P SmallCap 600 was 41.31% Of the ten indexes I keep track of here at AFM, 7 were up. Of the three […]

YTD Index Performance Update

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

August was a rough month. See below…

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