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Market Beat: The market capitalization of index funds

November 19, 2018 — Broad-based low-cost index funds are a staple part of most investors' portfolios. They give investors exposure to an entire stock index with low expenses ratios. Younger people that are starting their first retirement accounts at work should consider dollar cost averaging into a low-cost stock

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Work to be done: Nevada County economic model is unsustainable

November 19, 2018 — Western Nevada County has some work to do to attract — and keep — a younger demographic. A great number of young people who grow up here move out of Nevada County after graduating because they can't find well-paying jobs locally. Other young people discover

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Digital disruption: Tech, entrepreneurial ecosystem paves way for growth

November 14, 2018 — Tech industry trends are aligning to make Nevada County an ideal location for entrepreneurial tech businesses and talent. All we need to do is connect the dots. Embrace Change or BE Left Behind The disruption of traditional industries, a shift to cloud-based software, and an

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Market Beat: Stock market election cycles

November 12, 2018 — As I'm writing this, the mid-term elections are one day away, and I thought that it would be interesting to look at how the stock market has performed historically during election cycles. One common election cycle that you may read about is the presidential cycle

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Mountain Minds Monday: The future of shopping: virtual, mixed, and augmented reality

November 6, 2018 — Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, will welcome Dave Nickens to present at Mountain Minds Monday: "The Future of Shopping: Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality" Billions of dollars are being invested in virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality, which are

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North Tahoe First Tuesday talk features tourism partners officially kicking off winter

November 5, 2018 — The first day of winter might not mark calendars until Dec. 21 but in North Lake Tahoe, the season begins as soon as ski resort chairs start spinning. To celebrate all things winter, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association/Chamber of Commerce has themed the November

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Market Beat: So far, so good in the third quarter

November 5, 2018 — We're about halfway through earnings reporting season and the results have been good so far, however the stock market is going through a volatile phase. The valuation of the market is still relatively high even though it has fallen somewhat in recent weeks. The current

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Market Beat: Fixed income strategies for rising interest rates

October 29, 2018 — Most investors, especially older ones, have some allocation to bonds in their portfolios. Bonds are part of an asset allocation strategy to provide income and lower risk. All stock portfolios will be typically be more volatile than stock and bond portfolios. Even though bonds are

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Market Beat: The Fear Index

October 18, 2018 — The stock market regularly goes through cycles of volatility. On average it spends about 85 percent of the time trending upwards with relatively low volatility. The other 15 percent of the time the volatility increases rapidly and the market trends lower. The historical volatility of

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Market Beat: Better than expected third

October 11, 2018 — Earnings reporting for the third quarter of 2018 will get going next week and most companies will have their reports out by November. Traditionally, Alcoa Aluminum kicks off the earnings season. Alcoa used to be a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but it

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Truckee’s iFoster receives national recognition

October 9, 2018 — Each year tens of thousands of youngsters in foster care age out of the program, leaving youths with little recourse or places to turn other than welfare or crime. Since 2010, Truckee nonprofit iFoster has been steadily working to give that segment in foster care

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FiftyFifty wins Brewery Group of the Year

October 4, 2018 — FiftyFifty Brewing Co. piled up the awards last month at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Competing against nearly 8,500 other entries from more than 2,400 breweries, FiftyFifty achieved the highest accolade a brewery can obtain from the festival, Brewery Group of the Year.

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Market Beat: The third quarter was the best in five years

October 4, 2018 — The third quarter that closed out on Friday, Sept. 28, was the best quarter for the stock market in five years. Depending on how you measure it, this has been the longest bull market in history and we've seen new record highs recently. The Dow

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Market Beat: About that new Communications Services sector

September 26, 2018 — There has been a new change to the S&P sectors effective this week. The old Telecommunications sector has been renamed and some new stocks have been added. The new name will be the Communications Services sector. The S&P is broken down into 11 different sectors

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Market Beat: Looking ahead to third quarter earnings

September 19, 2018 — As the third quarter is ending, I thought it might be a good time to look ahead and see how the forecasts for the corporate earnings reports are. Currently the analysts are optimistic. The projected earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 is supposed to

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Sierra College, Tahoe Truckee schools to host job fair

September 13, 2018 — More than 2,000 opportunities will be featured at the Tahoe Truckee Job Fair held at Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. Hosted in partnership with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, the job fair is open to all interested job

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Market Beat: Portfolio hedging

September 12, 2018 — To hedge an investment portfolio means that you will take some defensive measures for portfolio protection. There are many tools available for hedging purposes. The term "hedging" has been used regarding investments for hundreds of years. Its origin goes back to medieval days when property

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Market Beat: Multiple employer retirement plans

September 6, 2018 — Recently President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Labor to consider making some regulatory changes to retirement plans. The same order also directed the Secretary of the Treasury to study the current distribution rules. One of the changes that they will be

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Market Beat: The longest bull market in history

August 29, 2018 — The current bull market that we're in is the longest in history. As of this writing, the bull market is 3,458 days old and that is a new record. The old record was from the bull market that ran from Oct. 11, 1990 until March

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Market Beat: Second quarter earnings update

August 21, 2018 — Earnings reporting season for the second quarter of 2018 is just about over. More than 90 percent of S&P companies have reported now. The reports have been coming in very strong, slightly above the expectations. To date the earnings growth rate for the S&P year

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