The Big Just Keep Getting Bigger

Below is a diagram from Ritholtz Wealth Management that shows the top five companies by market value of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index and compares them to the smallest 282 companies of the same Index.
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The Rich Guys

If you have traveled around the country a little, you may have toured the “estates” of some rich corporate barons from the past. The Carnegie Mansion, the Biltmore Estate, The Getty Villa, etc. These gentlemen made their money from the manufacture of steel or the pumping of oil. Other historically wealthy men made their wealth from real estate, mining or many other areas.
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One Trillion Dollars

On August 2nd of this year, the market value of Apple (AAPL) exceeded the one trillion-dollar mark. For those of you who are numerically challenged, that figure is $1,000,000,000,000.00. The market value is the number of outstanding shares multiplied by the market price per share.
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October = Market Volatility?

In case you haven’t noticed, we have experienced increased market volatility in October. What is going on? Why is this happening? Will it continue? Let’s review what has happened recently in the markets and our economy:
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The Benedict Report:
October 2018

  • October = Market Volatility?
  • One Trillion Dollars
  • The Rich Guys
  • The Big Just Keep Getting Bigger
  • Twelve Years with No Gain
  • I’ve Been Following This Strategy…
  • Demographics and Your Investing Success

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The Benedict Report:
February 2018

  • The “Trade” of the Next Decade
  • Planning for the Next Decade
  • Income-Focused Investment Strategy
  • It is So Terrible Out There
  • What Are the Really Big Risks Now?
  • The Residential Building Boom in Australia

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The Benedict Report:
June 2017

  • A Market “Crash” is Coming?
  • The Illusion of Wealth
  • What is the Cost to Purchase a Great Future?
  • Retirement is Getting more Costly
  • The “Divide” in Society
  • Warren Buffett at The Berkshire Annual Meeting

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The Benedict Report:
February 2017

  • What do You See? What should We Do?
  • The Dark Hole. How did we get ourselves into this?
  • Workplace Change: The State of What’s Happening
  • What if the Next Ten Years is a Zero?

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