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I.O.U.S.A. Free Movie Showing During Financial Planning Week

In support of Financial Planning Week which runs from October 5-11, 2009, the Financial Planning Association of Northeastern Ohio is pleased to announce a public showing of the movie I.O.U.S.A. ( ) at the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland Heights, OH. One of the missions of the FPA is to raise awareness about the the importance of personal financial planning and offer guidance in making financial decisions. As a Board Member of the association I support and encourage this pro bono event in our community. Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 7pm Free Admission (with a suggested donation of $3 to go towards Cleveland Saves) Cedar Lee Theater 2163 Lee Road Cleveland Hts., Ohio 44118 Seating is limited, so please register at . (You must register to attend.) Although the movie is free, there is a suggested donation which will go towards Cleveland Saves, a local non-profit that encourages individuals and families to save money so that they can

The Deeper the Slump, the Zippier the Recovery

(Below is an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article, written by James Grant--an esteemed market observer and usual pessimist--published on 9/19/09. In my opinion this article represents a minority voice in public economic comment today and should be heard.) From Bear to Bull: James Grant argues the latest gloomy forecasts ignore an important lesson of history: The deeper the slump, the zippier the recovery. Americans are blessedly out of practice at bearing up under economic adversity. Individuals take their knocks, always, as do companies and communities. But it has been a generation since a business cycle downturn exacted the collective pain that this one has done. Knocked for a loop, we forget a truism. With regard to the recession that precedes the recovery, worse is subsequently better. The deeper the slump, the zippier the recovery. To quote a dissenter from the forecasting consensus, Michael T. Darda, chief economist of MKM Partners, Greenwich, Conn.: "[T]he most impo

Reasons for Optimism Shouldn't be Shunned

There was a good, short article in the Wall Street Journal this morning that I wanted to post. The article is entitled, "Reasons for Optimism Shouldn't be Shunned." Investors are emotional and find reasons to support the emotions they're feeling, ranging from overly pessimistic to overly optimistic. After 2008 most investors have been focusing on the negative and ignoring the positive. "Even though stocks are up nearly 50% since early March, worries about valuations, the dollar, inflation and corporate profits permeate market chatter -- chatter so loud you can barely hear all the good news." Click here to read the entire article:

Active vs. Passive: Man or the Market?

Many academics consider the active-vs.-passive debate settled. Yet, despite the strong evidence supporting a passive, index-like approach, many investors still assume that skillful active management can increase returns, net of costs. The basis for a prescription of a passive investment strategy rests on scientific inquiry in the field of finance rather than on anecdotal evidence or 'good-sounding' stories told by the active mangers, media, supposed gurus, or others spouting investment pornography. The tests have been done and they are well documented. Unfortunately for many investors, the subjects of these tests are not lab rats, but real people with real money! Below are some common questions that can help clarify this debate and hopefully help you not to fall victim to the higher costs and subpar performance of active managers. Q: If an active manager can gather information and gain insight or knowledge through research into a company, shouldn't he be able to beat the