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Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 11/21/2011

The Markets

“Printing money is really just a softer method of default, because it effectively converts the meaning of default from ‘getting less than 100% of the currency you were owed’ to ‘getting all the currency you were owed, but ending up with less than 100 percent of the purchasing power you expected.’”

Weekly Commentary 11/14/2011

The Markets

Greece and Italy just dumped their political leaders and are hoping that new leadership will calm the financial markets and drive important structural reform.

One of the insightful bits of investing wisdom is that you don’t have to recoup a loss using the same investment that caused the loss. In other words, it’s okay to sell a loser and redeploy the money in another investment that may have a better chance of going up in value. That seems to be what Greece and Italy are doing with their leadership change.

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Weekly Commentary November 7, 2011

The Markets

This Europe problem just won’t go away and it’s keeping the financial markets on edge.

Weekly Commentary October 31, 2011

The Markets

After 14 summits in 21 months, have European leaders finally solved their sovereign debt problem? Judging by the stock market’s reaction, you might think the answer is yes.

In marathon sessions last week, European leaders agreed on a new, three-point deal to stave off a deeper debt crisis. The deal includes:


Weekly Commentary October 24, 2011

 The Markets

“Good news is good and bad news is bad, but a lack of bad news can be good, at least for investors,” so wrote Vito Racanelli in the current issue of Barron’s.

Weekly Commentary - October 17, 2011


The Markets

What happened to the economy?

Less than three weeks ago, it seemed like the economy was falling off a cliff. Firms like the Economic Cycle Research Institute were saying a new recession was on its way and there’s nothing the government could do to stop it, according to MarketWatch. The stock market was sensing economic weakness, too, as it slumped to its lowest level in a year on October 3.

Weekly Commentary - October 10, 2011


The Markets

Sometimes a little spark is all you need.

At one point last Tuesday, October 4, the S&P 500 index dropped below 1,091, which represented a 20 percent decline from the April 29 closing high, according to MarketWatch. That’s a key number because many investors consider a 20 percent decline to signify a bear market. 

Weekly Commentary - October 3, 2011


The Markets

The word “volatile” has been so overused in the media, but it’s hard to find a better way to describe recent movements in the financial markets. On any given day, the markets can rise or fall based on the latest thinking about euro-zone sovereign debt problems, a possible U.S. or Chinese recession, weak banks, inflation, deflation, or poor job numbers.

Weekly Commentary - September 26, 2011


The Markets

The Federal Reserve did “The Twist,” but the financial markets ended up in “A Knot.”

In a much anticipated action dubbed “Operation Twist,” the Federal Reserve announced last week it would reshuffle its balance sheet by selling $400 billion of shorter-term Treasury securities and use the proceeds to buy longer-term securities.

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