Market Commentary

The Market Takes a Breather in January

After a year like 2013 stocks deserve a little breather, and that’s exactly what they got in January.  Stocks (S&P 500) ended the month down -3.5%, while bonds (Barclays Aggregate Bond Index) posted a 1.5% gain.  Last year stocks were … Continue reading

Our 4th Quarter 2013 Newsletter

Q4 2013 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Wealth Advisors, Inc.

Investment Decisions at “Ludicrous Speed”

Riding in the elevator this morning, a fellow passenger commented on how quickly the year had flown by for her. Every year about this time, I find myself having that conversation regularly. I’m sure you do as well. Indeed, each … Continue reading

Five Ways to Jumpstart Your New Year’s Resolutions

In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve decided to get a head start on my New Year’s Resolutions: “I resolve to write every day, learn the guitar, and teach myself conversational French.” Now, lofty goals are my specialty, but the … Continue reading

Houston Is the Place to Be

It is probably no surprise that Houston’s economy is strong, but sometimes I take for granted how blessed I am to live in such a prosperous city. The U.S. economy is clawing its way back to normalcy and there are … Continue reading

Worst Case Scenarios

Negativity has permeated our society of late. Predictions of disastrous consequences from the federal debt ceiling impasse abound. Some pundits worry that inflation arising from dramatic increases in the monetary supply will surely diminish our future lifestyles. European sovereign debt … Continue reading

Our 3rd Quarter 2013 Newsletter

Q3 2013 Newsletter from Financial Synergies Asset Management, Inc

Is Now a Good Time to Start Investing?

“Is now a good time to start investing?”  It’s a simple question, but it’s almost impossible to answer because it requires a market prediction. Most people agree that trying to predict the market is impossible, but it’s human nature to … Continue reading

House Kills Obamacare Funding

The House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation to derail the healthcare law known as “Obamacare.” Click here to view the full article.    

Syria and the Market

The situation in Syria has gone from bad to worse over the last few weeks.  The U.S. and allies are preparing for a possible military strike against President Assad’s regime in a country that has been torn apart by a brutal civil war.  … Continue reading