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Outside we’re on the edge of another nor’easter, to be followed by more cold temperatures. Welcome to March in New Hampshire! Folks who have been here a while know that while this March has been pretty stormy, it will pass. And pretty soon, we’ll be looking at warmer temperatures and muddy roads.
So right now, many long-term residents are thinking about their gardens: ordering seeds, getting out the grow-lights, and starting their broccoli, tomato, and pepper plants. Successful gardening looks past the weather outside to the underlying realities. The snow will melt, the ground will thaw, and when the growing season starts, we need to be ready to plant.
It’s like that with the investing. We have to look past the immediate conditions and the headline-of-the-day. If you just follow the headlines, you’ll miss the trends. Right now, everyone’s obsessed with Facebook and their data problems. But the shift from a service economy to an information/knowledge economy is profound – and will have profound implications for how we live, work, and save in the future.
And just as every plant needs sun, soil, and water, every economy needs spending, investing, and credit. The fundamentals don’t change, even when the temperature is freezing and snow is blowing. Successful gardeners keep an eye on the weather, but they know that planting season is coming.
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Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA