Market Commentary

Are the signs pointing toward a recession?

April 10th, 2019

What Recession
Indicators are Telling Us

Investors were legitimately spooked in March, as a few of
the most influential recession indicators were flashing SLOWDOWN.

1) The Yield Curve:

With the exception of a single instance, an inverted yield
curve has preceded each U.S.[…]

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The key factor for stocks in 2019

April 1st, 2019

Reviewing a timeline of the Federal Reserve’s statements and
actions – and comparing them to equity market action – makes it pretty clear to
me that the Fed is the single most important factor for stocks in 2019.

Long-time readers know that for Zacks Investment Management,[…]

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Apple’s new ventures, the retirement savings crisis, and more

March 31st, 2019

In this week’s Steady Investor, we look at some of the
biggest news stories:

Apple made a huge pivot this week expanding into
new industries. How could this impact sales?A new study shows most Americans are not
prepared for retirement. How can you start preparing?Could this new tax law hurt multi-nationals?[…]

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What to do when growth stocks stop growing

March 25th, 2019

The broad outlook for U.S. corporate earnings is getting
weaker, seemingly by the day.

For Q1
2019, total S&P 500 earnings are expected to decline -3.6% from the same
period last year, though on +4.8% higher revenues. Growth is expected to be
negative for 9 of the 16 Zacks sectors,[…]

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Remembering the beginning of this bull market

March 18th, 2019

The 10-Year Old Bull

It’s hard to
believe that 10 years have passed since the end of the “Great Recession.” But
it was on March 9, 2009, that the 2008 bear market finally ended. For the
steely-nerved investors who were invested in equities at the time,[…]

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Emerging markets surge, deficit spikes, China still strong

March 11th, 2019

In this week’s edition of steady investor, we take a look at
this week’s top news stories and what they could mean for the market:

Why are investors flocking to Emerging Markets?The U.S deficit reached new heights. How could
this affect the economy?Since 2013,[…]

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What does the surprising cyclical stock surge mean?

March 11th, 2019

The S&P 500 spent a single day in bear
market territory on Christmas Eve, but since then the index has rewarded
investors who didn’t panic. As I write this column, the S&P 500 has
steadily rallied over +18% 1 off the bottom,[…]

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Distinguishing between weak growth and negative growth

March 4th, 2019

Is the U.S. Economy
Showing Real Signs of Weakness?

I’ve noticed recently that many economists and ‘experts’ appear to be resetting their expectations for when the U.S. economy might enter a recession. Many now seem to believe it could happen as soon as this year,[…]

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China trade progress, cyclical stocks rally, and more

March 3rd, 2019

What’s next for U.S relations with China? And North Korea? And
could the cyclical stocks rally be a good sign for the market? Read on to get our
answers and more in this week’s Steady Investor!

Mixed Bag of Economic and Geopolitical News: Asia – U.S.[…]

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Volatile market causes many investors to miss January rally

February 20th, 2019

We’re only in the second month of the new year, but already we’ve seen many investors experience the tragic cost of market volatility.
According to Lipper data, investors moved a staggering $190 billion into money market funds (cash) in Q4 2018.[…]

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