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Just How Important is Greece?

Posted on: July 10, 2015

July 10th, 2015 Quarterly Report John Ferguson, Principal “Nay, an I tell you that, I’ll ne’er look you i’ the face again: but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads: but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me. – Julius Caeser” -Shakespeare At the end of the day, […]

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The Evolution of Ferguson-Johnson Wealth Management

Posted on: June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015 John Ferguson, Principal The firm, as it exists today, was different from the one we started in 1978. The world of investments is also different, meaningfully different. Prior to our founding, John Ferguson was a stock and commodity broker. Success in that business was measured in commissions. Many large national firms would […]

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Diversification & Longevity

Posted on: April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015 Quarterly Report John Ferguson, Principal “If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.” -Chinese Proverb The Social Security Administration has an actuarial-based life expectancy calculator. You simply plug in your gender and date of birth and it will spit out a number. For a 65-year old male, this number […]

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Weather vs Climate

Posted on: March 1, 2015

“In essence, fears stem from a lack of knowledge, confidence, and trusted guidance.” -Lance Drucker Before we get into business, I wanted to take a moment to give you an update on the happenings at our firm. It has been quite an exciting quarter in our office, so far! We have officially launched our new […]

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Managing Risk

Posted on: January 16, 2015

“If the risk is fully aligned with your purpose and mission, then it’s worth considering.” -Peter Diamandis The main goal of allocating assets is to manage risk. This goal of asset allocation does not maximize return, but provides a return commensurate with the risk one is willing to take. In evaluating the allocation process, we […]

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Dimensional’s Approach

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. -Margaret Mead A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article that carried this in bold headline in their monthly analysis section: “’Darkest of Days’ for Active Funds”1 “The bad times are back for actively […]

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Dealing With Market Turmoil

Posted on: October 13, 2014

“We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein Over the past 30 years I have used, several times, the first lines of the song What a Difference a Day Makes in our quarterly commentary; twenty-four little hours. The song returns to my thoughts as […]

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Bull Markets & Annuities

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Live in the Sunshine, Swim the Sea, Drink the Wild Air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Such a glorious dog days of summer we have had here in the mid-Atlantic region. Unfortunately, many parts of the country and the world have not had such a pleasant experience. We’ve witnessed floods, fires, famine, disease, war, atrocities, shootings, rampages, […]

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A Look at Q2 Performance

Posted on: July 10, 2014

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”                                                      -Marie Curie I trust you had an enjoyable Fourth of July. In twelve years, I am hopeful that The […]

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The Past & Present of Ferguson|Johnson Wealth Management

Posted on: April 9, 2014

“If you are depressed, you live in the past. If you are anxious, you live in the future. But if you are at peace, you live in the present.” -Lao Tzu, philosopher On average, April is considered to be the second best month for the stock market with an average return of 1.5%. December is […]

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