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George Costanza advice for investors

On Monday, I was invited for a return appearance on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” market panel, which features a number of voices making sense of the day’s market activity and offering viewers investment insight. The segment wasn’t digitized and uploaded to the website this time around, but I thought I would offer our blog readers information… Continue reading →

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Charlie’s mid-month reading list

With the New Year comes plenty of new material we’ve been circulating here at Fort Pitt. Below are some noteworthy reads to ring in 2014: In a recent New York Times article, “Insurers Claim Health Website Is Still Flawed,” reporters Robert Pear and Reed Abelson explain how the government’s health care website is far from sound.… Continue reading →

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Charlie’s month-end reading list

Happy holidays to all of our Ramparts readers. We hope that everyone is enjoying time with their families and loved ones. This will be our last reading list for 2013, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the column and are looking forward to continued postings in 2014. With that said, below is a selection of articles… Continue reading →

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Investment decisions & economic data

Ahead of economic data that was released — highlighting weekly initial jobless claims and GDP reports — I chatted with Reuters reporter Chuck Mikolajczak, offering insight on market direction and outlook. Given our long-term investment philosophy, I remind readers how to properly digest frequently released economic reports. “The only thing that you get sanity from… Continue reading →

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Year-end investment outlook

On the heels of a recent Goldman Sachs announcement – forecasting a high probability of a 10 percent market drop come 2014 – Charlie Smith appeared on Fox Business to discuss year-end market projections and where he thinks the economy is headed over the next few months. Chatting with hosts Connell McShane and Dagen McDowell,… Continue reading →

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