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The Bitcoin Article You Have Been Waiting For (tongue planted firmly in cheek)

The last time I wrote about bitcoin on our blog was September 13, 2018. I was dunking on bitcoin back then, gloating about how smart we and our clients were for avoiding this asset during the late-2017 hype that drove bitcoin up to $19,835. That post hasn’t aged very well. And you know what, this post may not age well, either. Predictions are the toughest game in town. An impossible task. I won’t make any price predictions on bitcoin today, but I will share a bit of what I know.

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9.2 Million Open Jobs

Via Sam Ro at Axios: pre-COVID, the US already had a record number of job openings, at over 7.5 million. Today, we are another 22% higher in job openings -- at 9.2 million. The upside of this labor market is the underlying reality that our economy is growing. Wages are going up (but so is inflation).

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How Should I Prepare for Rising Inflation?

We’re starting to hear the “I-word” mentioned more often as of late. Inflation is on the rise. The Federal government’s money printing machines have been on overdrive, and the US economy has taken note. Prices have begun to tick up across the economy – most notably in residential real estate. The counterpoint (as made by the Fed) is the inflation we are seeing today is merely temporary, a hangover from the COVID shutdowns.

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Stocks vs. Bonds

U.S. Treasury bonds have not yielded this little interest since the 1940s. Based on the data, it’s fair to expect U.S. bonds to return something on the order of 2% per year over the next 10 years. You might then ask: why do we own bonds at all? The answer is because there is value in stability.

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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Our family's Spring Break trip to Florida in 2000 took place during the infamous dot-com bubble burst. I can vividly remember my dad's reaction to the news of the bursting of the tech bubble. He had some of his portfolio (I'm not sure how much) invested in dot-com stocks via the Nasdaq Composite Index, which declined by 25% that week of our Spring Break. It ultimately took 15 years for the Nasdaq to get back to its high from the year 2000.

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Triumph of the Optimists

Amidst the politically-charged climate in which we live, we can lose sight of the progress mankind has made over time. We often remind our clients the U.S. stock market has handsomely paid patient, long-term investors over time. One simple method for gauging economic progress over time is to consider the evolution of the largest publicly-traded companies in the US. Of the ten largest companies in the US today, only four were founded prior to 1970 (JPMorgan Chase; Johnson & Johnson; Procter & Gamble; and Visa).

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Gaining Perspective on Stock Market Volatility

One of the most important rules of investing is this: tuning in to media sources (be they financial or general) will not help you be a better investor. In fact, it will likely make you a poorer investor. Does it help you to know how much the Dow or the Nasdaq moves in a given day? If the Dow is down 200 points today, will that alter your investment strategy? Will it alter your mood?

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