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Up Again

IAG Blog Spot 2017-09-20 10:00:30

This weeks blogger is Scott D. Heins, CFP® and Chief Investment Officer

Three weeks ago our blog focused on the Deceiving Real-Time Slow Motion Stock Market Correction that occurred through the summer months.

We observed that stock prices had moved very little over the summer while earnings estimates had climbed, creating an environment where stocks in general appeared to be reasonably priced instead of extremely overvalued as they were in the spring.

Ever since that blog there has been nothing slow motion or deceiving about the stock market’s direction.


IAG Blog Spot 2017-09-13 10:04:26

Around August 27 a small clump of clouds floated harmlessly off of the west coast of Africa. Calling those clouds a modest thunderstorm would have been an exaggeration.

Less than a week later this small clump of clouds had grown into a Category 5 monster hurricane that unleashed its destructive wrath on people living on Caribbean islands and eventually Florida.


IAG Blog Spot 2017-09-06 09:02:12

This Week’s Blogger: Scott D. Heins, CFP®, IAG Chief Investment Officer Will we have a stock market hiccup in September?

According to LPL Research, since 1928 September is historically the weakest month of the year for U.S. large cap stocks – rising only 43.8% of the time. And this September certainly has a number of potential volatility-inducing challenges.

First, we are overdue for a 5% or greater pullback.

Slow Motion

IAG Blog Spot 2017-08-30 10:47:56

This Week’s Blogger: Scott D. Heins, CFP®, IAG Chief Investment Officer

Slow motion can be deceiving.

It can be deceiving in that it creates unrealistic expectations of human response. When reviewing a questionable play in slow motion it is very easy to be critical of a player or official for not doing their job properly. Yet if you replaced one of those professionals with a critical television viewer the error rate would be consistently higher in real life.



IAG Blog Spot 2017-08-22 04:02:43

This Week’s Blogger: Scott D. Heins, CFP®, IAG Chief Investment Officer

On Monday many Americans found themselves completely in the dark in the middle of the day and they celebrated. Some people even travelled hundreds or thousands of miles to be in the dark for less than 3 minutes.

Why? Monday’s solar eclipse was predictable, unusual, and brief.

But what if solar eclipses were unpredictable and happened more regularly or were much longer?

Behind the Scenes

IAG Blog Spot 2017-08-15 03:26:09

We find ourselves in the middle of August in Wisconsin, watching summer quickly fade to fall. Farmers are harvesting their crops, kids prepare to begin school, and the rest of us try to make the most of the remaining warm days.

I’ve lived here my whole life and yet it’s still hard not to get depressed about the changing of the seasons. There is one thing, though, that keeps my spirits high – the beginning of the Packer football season.

State Fair

IAG Blog Spot 2017-08-08 03:47:38

This Week’s Blogger: Scott D. Heins, CFP®, IAG Chief Investment Officer

The Wisconsin State Fair wraps up its 2017 run on Sunday, August 13.

This is the 161st State Fair since its inception in 1851, and it has been held every year since then except for five years -- 1861, 1862, 1863, 1893, and 1945.

What is your favorite part of going to the State Fair?


A Cautionary Tale

IAG Blog Spot 2017-08-01 03:05:04

This week’s blogger is Brad Carroll, Client Service Associate, Registered Paraplanner™

This weekend I participated in the Riverwest 24 (RW24). This is a 24 hour bicycle race throughout the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee. During the race, there was something that caught my eye with every passing lap – drivers who were texting on their cell phones while driving.


Problems or Solutions

IAG Blog Spot 2017-07-27 09:08:23

This Week’s Blogger: Scott D. Heins, CFP®, IAG Chief Investment Officer

It is often much easier to find problems than solutions.

The political class is having a rough year creating solutions – from Venezuela’s collapsing socialism to Washington’s health care debate to Wisconsin’s transportation budget. Solutions seem pretty hard to come by if you are a politician these days.

So how can the stock market continue to go up if all of these problems are going unsolved?

The Rescue

IAG Blog Spot 2017-07-18 12:52:12

This week’s blogger is Brad Carroll, Client Service Associate, Registered Paraplanner™

The sun was beginning to set over Pewaukee Lake Sunday afternoon. I was relaxing on my friend’s boat, enjoying the scenery. The water sparkled around us with the reflection of the bright orange light. We were looking forward to one of those picture perfect sunsets.

My friend, Tanya, and I were taking in the last moments of the weekend, but knew the time had come to start the engine and head home.

She turned the key in the ignition and all that could be heard, was the engine sputtering.

Dutch proverb: “In prosperity, caution; in adversity, patience.”


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