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  • How Wall Street Formed Me
    March 2017 Market Review

    John Gorlow | Apr 12, 2017
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    In March 2003, I launched Cardiff Park Advisors in California, becoming an SEC-registered firm a few years later. I’d had enough experience with Wall Street culture to be disillusioned and to know what I didn’t want (more on that in a moment). Cardiff Park was my opportunity to create what I did want: a financial advisory firm based on respect, transparency, and my own principles and values. READ MORE

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  • February Market Report: Do Deficits Matter?

    John Gorlow | Mar 07, 2017
    Trumps Plan SmallThe president’s recent inaugural speech to Congress had an unusually reassuring tone. But the speech raised one alarm after another for deficit hawks and anyone else still hoping that Mr. Trump would slash spending. The fear is that big-ticket plans like Mr. Trump’s lead to big deficits that dampen economic growth and drive down returns. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But is it true? READ MORE

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  • January Market Report: Embrace Uncertainty

    John Gorlow | Feb 14, 2017

    FedResSmallInvestors and markets don’t like surprises. Will interest rates rise slowly or quickly?  Will Congress appropriate mega-funding to US infrastructure, slash taxes, or both? Are Trump’s growth plans mere dreams, or rooted in reality? What will happen to the Affordable Care Act? As financial pundits pondered these post-election questions, the January markets quietly defied expectations. There’s a lesson in that. READ MORE

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  • Q4 2016 Market Review

    John Gorlow | Jan 18, 2017

    2016_ReviewDon’t Believe the News — We may look back at 2016 as the year in which Russia and fake news helped elect an American president. In the financial markets, it was a year of misleading news as well. The facts were right, that’s true, but most financial analysts got the forecast wrong. READ MORE

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  • NOVEMBER STOCKS SOAR; PUNDITS PLAY A GUESSING GAME

    John Gorlow | Dec 05, 2016

    market rally It’s the Trump era. Or a re-do of the Reagan era. Or possibly the “I don’t understand how to work this” era. How should investors navigate this complex new world of what-if scenarios? For once, even the pundits seem unsure. READ MORE

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  • October 2016 Market Report

    John Gorlow | Nov 14, 2016

    TrumpSmallSurprised? Who wasn’t as election results rolled in? Few expected the 45th president of the United States to be a real estate developer with multiple business bankruptcies and a sideline career as a reality TV show host. Is now the time to rejigger your portfolio? Before you act, check out this month’s feature section on how not to become your own worst enemy. READ MORE  

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  • HIGH NOTES and LOW NOTES: Q3 Market Report

    John Gorlow | Oct 11, 2016

    elections&stockmarketsPresidential elections give rise to all kinds of market predictions. This year, the polarization of American political parties and attention-grabbing remarks by Donald Trump are bringing out the pundits in droves. Our advice: keep calm, carry on, and don’t react to the doomsday scenarios. READ MORE 

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  • A SLOW AUGUST; PASSIVE TREND STEAMS AHEAD

    John Gorlow | Sep 14, 2016
    EquilibriumLike the wallflower who becomes popular, passively invested index funds are turning heads and inciting foes. Some big guns of the active investment industry are warning of dangers ahead if passive investing gets too big. Despite recent heated rhetoric, there are interesting and valid questions about where it could all lead. READ MORE


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  • CLIMBING A WALL OF WORRY

    John Gorlow | Aug 05, 2016

    VolatiletimesWith markets climbing and the Dow hitting a new high, why are investors feeling uneasy? There are plenty of reasons. Chief among them: the global economy is in the doldrums. But there’s more than one way to read the situation, and some analysts see a turning point ahead. 


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  • Quarterly Market Review: PEAKS AND VALLEYS

    John Gorlow | Jul 18, 2016
    CrystalBallSFFVOLATILE FIRST HALF CAPPED BY RATE DROP AND STOCK RALLY

    While most diversified investors earned decent returns in the first half of the year, wild market swings along the way fed our collective uncertainty.

    What does volatility tell us about future returns? We’ll look at what’s been roiling the markets and a new DFA study, then review the numbers.
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