Good News for Chinese Markets? – Chinese equities markets have been plagued by several factors, but one of the more notable ones, in our view, is the constant government meddling. First, there was the unannounced currency devaluation of around 5% last August (and another to start the New Year),[…]Read More
Being “Greedy” When Others are Fearful – it’s one of the oldest adages in investing and some of the world’s biggest investors are putting it to work. In Q4 2015, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway opened a new 26.5 million stake in pipeline operator Kinder Morgan (ticker KMI),[…]Read More
Is China Spawning Global Deflation? Maybe not intentionally, but some of China’s recent actions are putting deflationary pressures on global prices. A weaker yuan is allowing China to offload excess output in steel aluminum, refined petro-products and will likely spread to basic materials and manufacturing goods.[…]Read More
Welcome to the weekend!
We continued to see the market move downward this week in context of more volatility. Know there is much more to the story than what we read in mainstream media headlines. The macro-outlook is good with real GDP growing,[…]
Earnings Down, but Not Out – Q4 2015 results are in from 173 S&P 500 members, who combine for nearly half of the index’s total market capitalization. It’s been a bumpy start to say the least – total earnings for these reported companies are down -1.6% from the same period last year on -1.9% lower revenues (with 72.8% beating EPS estimates and 47.4% coming ahead of revenue estimates).[…]Read More
Certainly, it’s been a rough few weeks for the markets. Still, our team cannot urge you enough to Stay Steady – fundamentals still look good. Too many times we’ve seen investors change their asset allocations in an emotional response to selling pressures only to have this do more harm than good.[…]Read More
Coffee Anyone? – Amidst all the negative rumblings about China’s slowdown and potential impact it might have on the global economy, it’s easy to forget how powerful the rise of the consumer and the middle class is there. A good anecdote for just how powerful this force is – and will become – comes from a recent announcement by Starbucks (SBUX).[…]Read More
Certainly, it’s been a tough week for the markets. Still, we can’t stress enough how important it is to stay steady, know your risk profile, ensure you’re investment allocations match that profile and think longer-term. Historically, this approach has proven itself out time and time again.[…]Read More
2015 looked a lot like 2011 – the equities markets got off to a solid start, experienced a correction during the summer months, but then couldn’t quite power through to new highs. It was a year of middling returns.
To experience a flat year (or years) within a bull market,[…]
Junk Bond Bear Market? – Since around mid-2014, junk bonds have felt the sting of declines particularly as crude oil prices have fallen. A sizable portion of the high yield market is based in commodities companies’ debt, which has been hit across the board as gas,[…]Read More