We have been sitting tight on our portfolio asset allocation since the beginning of the trade war escalation this month. Does this mean we aren’t worried? For now, the answer is, “Yes, unless.” The outlook for US/China trade relations is unsettled. The US could be at the beginning of a long drawn out trade war, […]
We thought we would bring you up to date on our outlook for the markets. While December unnerved many investors, the first quarter of 2019 brought renewed confidence. Q1 S&P 500 performance was the best in over 20 years. What happens next? Where we are not worried: The markets dramatically oversold in December and then […]
The New Year is supposed to be a fresh start. We get to begin all over again with energetic resolutions and stalwart promises, putting last year’s disappointments behind us. Investors are all for leaving behind 2018, which was a particularly rough year. Most asset classes turned in negative performance while volatility punctuated the year at […]
One factor of the October rout in the stock market has been rising interest rates. The market has concerns that the Federal Reserve could eventually overshoot (raise interest rates too high) and stifle economic growth. While an overshoot seems unlikely until sometime in 2020, investors tend to signal their displeasure early. At this point in […]
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: […]
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 […]
TV Interview: Derek Amey with Frank Coletta from WJAR/Channel 10: Who…..or What is to Blame For the Recent Market Volatility?February 27, 2018 1:26 pm
Building on his February 6th blog, Derek Amey spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta on Facebook Live to discuss the sudden burst in market volatility.
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 […]
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 […]
TV Interview: Derek Amey with Frank Coletta from WJAR/Channel 10: Financial News or Financial Entertainment? There is a big difference.November 2, 2017 11:49 am
Building on his October 5th blog, Derek Amey spoke with WJAR’s Frank Coletta on Facebook Live to discuss the latest financial headlines and why they may not be as scary as you think. Fast Forward to the 10 minute mark to see Derek’s segment!