Market Commentary

Are You Ready for Retirement?

April 4th, 2018
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Sheila D. from Cheyenne, WY: Hi Mitch, I’ve seen a lot of articles and statistics saying that a majority of Americans aren’t ready for retirement. The main finding seems to be that people are far from having enough saved.1 My question is, are these statistics really true, and how can a person really know whether […]

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Don’t Miss These Investment Lessons from Q1 2018

The first quarter served as a wake-up call for investors and investment professionals in a few ways. We were reminded what real volatility felt like. We learned the Trump administration (or at least Trump himself) is serious about tariffs and trade. We were pleasantly surprised by how much S&P 500 corporations raised earnings estimates for […]

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Technology Takes a Beating – How Could This Affect the Market?

March 31st, 2018
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The technology landscape is changing especially as some of the biggest names in the industry took a big blow, while the story surrounding the new tariffs continues to unfold. Get the details to these stories and more in this latest edition of Steady Investor’s Week. Brexit Countdown: 1 Year – Effective this week, the one-year […]

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Bull Market’s 9th Birthday, but is it Too Soon to Celebrate?

On March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 hit its low point for the treacherous bear market of 2008, which was spurred by the global financial crisis. The index bottomed out at 676.53.1 Today, the S&P 500 trades at over 2,500, with total gains off-the-bottom approaching +250%. As I write this column, however, I cannot actually […]

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Trade Wars, Interest Rates, Spending Bill and More

March 24th, 2018
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The next few months could be high impact in terms of trade, inflation, growth, and price pressures. Read on to get all the details in this week’s edition of Steady Investor’s Week. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Go into Effect – effective March 23, the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs go into effect, which has companies […]

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The Next Bear Market Will Come Without Warning

March 9th marked the nine-year anniversary of this bull market, which now stands as the second longest bull market in history (the 1990 – 2000 bull market is the longest) according to Strategas Research. Using history as a guide, we know that bull markets do not last forever. Stocks are likely destined to decline materially when […]

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Time to Focus on Economic Indicators

March 17th, 2018
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From Larry Kudlow stepping in as the Director of the National Economic Council to Trump accepting an invitation to meet with Kim Jong-un, this week as been packed with eye-popping headlines. Get the details to these stories and more in this latest edition of Steady Investor’s Week. Deconstructing Dodd-Frank – in the wake of the 2008 […]

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4 Best Practices for Investors

March 14th, 2018
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Paul R. from Evansville, IN asks: Hi Mitch, I’m recently retired and am taking a greater interest in investing. Don’t worry – I don’t plan on becoming a day trader or anything. I’m just wondering what you might consider some best practices for monitoring trends/news and managing my portfolio? Mitch’s Response: Thanks for writing, Paul. […]

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The 3 Most Important Stock Market Indicators

A more appropriate title for this week’s column might be, “The 3 Most Important Stock Market Indicators That Few People Talk About.” If you are a regular reader of my column or are a Zacks Investment Management client, you know that corporate earnings are the single most influential indicator we use to make investment decisions. […]

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More Curveballs Thrown at Investors

March 10th, 2018
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Could we see an unhinged move towards protectionist policies with Gary Cohn exiting the White House? And what is the possibility of a full-on trade war. Read on to get our insights on these stories and more. Is the World Headed for a Trade War? – Tariffs, tariffs, tariffs. The impending 25% tariff on steel […]

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