While I pride myself on the relationships I develop with each and every one of my clients, I also pride myself on my emotional detachment I maintain in my investment philosophy. A great example of the benefits of staying the course and sticking with the plan, rather than making emotionally based investment decisions can be seen in the market activity of the last few months. We had a very rough summer filled with exceptional market volatility and negative sentiment. For all the doom and gloom, here we are a few months later off merely 4% from the May highs. If you had a plan in place and stuck with it, you would have came away relatively unscathed. For example, looking back to my previous post regarding the SPY's, we see that we have successfully broken out of the triangle and look to be heading back to highs. I hope this is the case, as 2011 was a long year!

Sam DiNorma

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