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Brian (aka Stockboy)

The Stockboy is a quarterly investment advice newsletter written by Brian H. Weisman, CFA®, CPA, CFP®, CMA, and president of Columbia Asset Management. Brian began the Stockboy in 1990 and its readers include Columbia Asset Management clients, well-respected financial advisors across the United States, and those interested in simple and straight forward financial advice. To subscribe to the newsletter and receive the entire print copy, please contact Brian at brian@columbiaasset.com.

The Year that Was… and Was Not

Goodbye 2020 2020 has been one of the most unusual and tumultuous years in American history.  Covid-19 struck with little warning early in the year while the highly contentious national election...

Perspective-A Very Useful Tool During Unusual Times

Back to Normal? The stock market had a strong 3rd quarter on the heels of a major recovery in quarter two. Having been broadsided by the pandemic during the first quarter, markets are now generally...

Recovery? Yellow Light Short Term, Green Light Long Term

Bouncing Back? What the first quarter took, the second quarter has largely given back.at least in general. Though Covid-19 is still an unknown factor in the coming months and the resulting societal...

Well, THAT wasn’t on the Radar

The Black Swan Flyeth After an 11 year bull market, I was ready for a bear to show up sooner rather than later. However, I had no firm idea what would finally be the catalyst for a falling market as...

The Precedents on Presidents

Was 2019 to be Expected? The 4th quarter of 2018 was a very tough time in the stock market and the S&P 500 fell about 12% over just 90 days. The low point for the year, surprisingly, was Christmas...

Opportunity of the Century…..for our Government

Stock’s Magical Levitation The stock market has been bumping along at lofty levels in recent months – trending somewhat up at times and then down again. Overall, it’s still been a very good year in...

The Story of Interest Rate Hopes and The Wall of Worry

Hey Bud – Can I Have a Rate Cut?! Some seem to look at the Fed as a drug dealer of sorts –whenever things get a little rough in the market or economy, they look to the Fed to cut interest rates to...

The Ship Has Been Righted…..and Fast!

The Market Bounces Back! As quickly and notably as the market fell during the 4th quarter, it did the complete opposite this quarter. What does this mean, if anything? It certainly suggests market...

Broadsided – Ka’boom!!

Fourth Quarter Falls & Follies After an almost 10 year bull market, many were wondering when stocks would finally feel the effects of gravity and trend downward. Though history convincingly shows...

Whatcoin?

Bitcoin Chitchat Late last year, around the holidays, as Bitcoin was hitting its peak price, I found myself at social gatherings being asked about the Bitcoin phenomenon. It felt similar to the...

Results Oriented?

This is Financial Planning? Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co. recently aired a commercial where a sweaty and tired dad is mowing his backyard lawn on a hot day while his surly teen daughter yells that...

CEO’s Win the Lottery, But Do Shareholders and Employees?

Tax Cuts for Who and for What? Congress recently passed a record-breaking tax cut, mostly for businesses. Having studied economics, I’m unconvinced that cutting taxes, and thus increasing the deficit...