Outlook for the Second Half of 2018

June 26, 2018 11:33 am

It shouldn’t be surprising that US stock indices were relatively flat the first half of the year. After all, 2017 brought a stellar, unexpected gift in the form of performance returns. As the year turned over, most investors were aware that stocks can only go up for so long before one of two things happen: […]

The Stock Market’s Balancing Act

March 26, 2018 11:32 am

Investing is a delicate balancing act, weighing the good news against the bad. Fortunately, for most of the last year and a half, we didn’t hear a lot of really damaging news. Unfortunately, that has changed recently and escalated this past week.  Investors usually can handle one challenge fairly effectively, but when the pace of […]

Who…..or What is to Blame For the Recent Market Volatility?

February 6, 2018 12:30 pm

The Supreme Court back in 1919 found that while the freedom of speech is protected under the First Amendment, it does not however protect “dangerous speech.” The definition of dangerous speech being purposely vague. An example was provided by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in which he said “falsely shouting fire in a theater […]

The Case for Risk Management in 2018

January 2, 2018 12:52 pm

A friend recently said to me, “Anyone could make money in 2017.” Quite true, allowing for the slight exaggeration on “anyone.” The average equity investor benefitted from significant gains in the markets; The S&P rose 19%. IXUS (iShares Core MSCI International Stock Index) gained 28%, while even the traditional US Aggregate Bond Index had a […]

Financial News or Financial Entertainment? There is a big difference.

October 5, 2017 2:40 pm

Last week famed investor Jim Rogers received a ton of press around his latest call that “The Worst Financial Crash You Have Ever Seen Is Coming”!!! I’m loathe to give him any more attention, but I do believe in full transparency so here’s the link if you’re so inclined: https://www.thestreet.com/story/14322684/1/stock-market-crash.html News? More like entertainment. Over […]

Equifax: Are Monitoring, Alerts and Freezes Enough?

September 18, 2017 1:11 pm

Like most people, my credit cards have periodically been stolen, and subsequently replaced by my credit card companies. A vendor for my health insurance company was also hacked, entitling me to free Identity Theft Monitoring. I have felt lucky that any assault to my personal credit has been limited. But the Equifax breach is different. […]

Month One, 2017

February 6, 2017 10:39 am

It was so clear, right? Trifecta. We were headed for tax reform, infrastructure spending and deregulation. The economy was about to take off, replete with a rising dollar and budding inflation. At least that was the popular story at the beginning of the year. Not so fast. Nothing is as easy as it seems. Distraction […]

2017 US Equity Market Outlook

January 3, 2017 11:28 am

Investors are forever hopeful (why else would we invest?). And the start of a new year often brings outsized optimism.  2017 feels particularly bullish for the equity markets, however, with both investors and businesses cheering. I feel the same hopefulness, but I am reminded that 2016 was humbling in many ways. 2016 did not go […]