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  • 1Q14 Investment Outlook: Retirement Wealth Inequality

    By: Beese Fulmer
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    We have written on several occasions about the problems baby boomers are facing as they near retirement because of the absence of savings. For example, last June, AARP Magazine began an article on the problem with this: As many as 18.3 million households with workers ages 45 to 64 have no retirement savings whatsoever, according to a new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security.

  • 1Q14 Investment Outlook: Economic Commentary - Yellen in the Windy City

    By: Beese Fulmer
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Mrs. Yellen, who spoke at a conference on March 31, backed off her supposedly more “hawkish” comments in a presser two weeks before, following her inaugural March 19 Fed meeting. In case you’ve forgotten, in the first instance, the new Fed chair made the “unscripted” remark that interest-rate increases could begin as early as six months after the conclusion of the Fed’s current tapering of its money-printing program. That would put a move from the zero bound to mid-2015, which perturbed stock traders so much they took the Dow down 100 points. 

  • 1Q14 Investment Outlook: Stock Market Recap - "Meh"

    By: Beese Fulmer
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    In contrast to the results for the last quarter of 2013, first-quarter numbers are in for the major stock benchmarks, and they are underwhelming by comparison. In fact, had it not been for Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s soothing comments the last day of trading, investors would be looking at results about 1% less than those posted.

  • Canton Repository Highlights Beese Fulmer

    By: Canton Repository
    Monday, March 3, 2014

    "One of Canton’s best-kept secrets, Beese Fulmer"

    As wealth management companies go, Beese Fulmer isn’t the kind of firm that makes headlines, and for the last 33 years that’s suited the company just fine. One of Canton’s best-kept secrets, Beese Fulmer was recently named 12th largest wealth management firm in Northeast Ohio by Crain’s Cleveland Business and 21st in the state by Investment News. Beese Fulmer has about 100 clients, and manages $380 million in assets.

  • A Rational Perspective on Finding Value in Our Favorite Collectible

    By: Beese Fulmer
    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Are you a collector of rare coins or stamps or maybe even a weekend antiques bargain hunter? Whatever your favorite collectible, over the years you have no doubt developed a thorough knowledge of your specialty and can usually spot a bargain when you see one.

  • 4Q13 Investment Outlook: Year-End Review: Some Perspective

    By: Beese Fulmer
    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Considering the political backdrop and the dismal economic picture for many Americans, the investor class enjoyed its best year in more than a decade. Indeed, last year should be viewed as an unexpected gift for stock investors—especially against a backdrop of record numbers of Americans on food stamps, the unemployment rolls still millions greater than before the crisis, and the median family income in this country below where it was when our president took office. For the guy or gal who was comfortable with their stock allocation and diversified across the industry sectors, 2013 was pretty darn sanguine. 

  • Rational rules guide us (and you!) when Wall Street is churning

    By: Ryan Fulmer
    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Rational. Rational. Rational. Nothing fancy. Just good rational thinking, rational analysis and rational counsel - all delivered with the personal service a high net worth investor should expect. That has been our hallmark since 1980. Meanwhile, Wall Street reverberates daily with the shouting and shoving of those who believe they must be seen and be heard above the din. The markets are volatile battlegrounds where combatants engage in wild and wooly warfare.

  • Beese Fulmer Comments Featured in Canton Repository Article

    By: Canton Repository
    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Marv Laughlin, vice president of Beese Fulmer, a Canton-based wealth management firm, said clients who have retirement plans are not earning as much with CDs or bonds.  Fixed-income investments that earned about 4 or 5 percent five years ago yield less than a percent today.  A 10-year treasury bond yields 2.7 percent today, nearly half the amout it would have five years ago.

  • 3Q13 Investment Outlook: Carry On!

    By: Beese Fulmer
    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Just like last year, the third quarter was another in a string of good ones for the stock market. At this point in 2012, only May had been negative for stocks. In 2013, there have been two losing months—June and August—but those haven’t stopped the S&P 500 Stock Index from besting last year’s nine-month total return of 16.4%. As of the close of business on September 30, the S&P had gained 20%, with help from a 5.2% gain in the third quarter. And speaking of quarterly returns, well, they have been real, and they have been spectacular! Beginning with the second quarter of 2009, we have experienced 18 quarters of S&P performance—and only 4 of them have been negative.

  • 2Q13 Investment Outlook: It’s All About the Benjamin

    By: Beese Fulmer
    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Although the second quarter was another positive one for stocks, the returns for the popular benchmarks were certainly more modest than those of the first quarter. The S&P 500 Stock Index, which was up by 10.6% during the first three months of the year, tacked on another 2.9% in the second quarter, bringing its total return to 13.8% for the first half of 2013.


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