We hear “stock index,” and we ask the question: What is an index? Well, it’s really just a measure of how the overall stock market is doing. It is a benchmark, something we can use to compare our investments to. But, not every index is created equally.

One of the ones t...

Investing in stocks in a long-term game. You just have to expect volatility, meaning fluctuations in the market. That’s what comes with stock market investing. They do offer the best opportunity for growth, though. That’s why we go there. But expect them to bounce arou...

I had a chance to take a group of students from Mississippi College to the Global Asset Management Education Conference in NYC. We ran into a group from Mississippi State as well as a group from Jackson State (I don’t know if Ole Miss was there). But it was a chance fo...


If we look at the price of oil right now—below $50 a barrel—it was about six months ago that it was at $115 a barrel. We see this huge drop. Everybody knows you’re starting to see prices at the pump below $2 a gallon. The strange thing about it earlier in the week: th...

Everybody gets so excited about a stock split, but I’m going to explain to you that maybe you shouldn’t get quite so excited. The big split this week was Apple stock. We’ve been waiting for this. It was a 7:1 split, which meant that if you had 100 shares before, you no...

2010 was not bad, and if we look at the stock market, it was actually quite good with the S&P up 12.8% (not shabby). The NASDAQ, which is full of technology, was up almost 17% for the year. 2011 has started out great for Wall Street. We’ve already seen considerable gai...

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