Market Commentary

4 Indicators to Watch in 2016

January 8th, 2016
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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.[…]

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Stocks and Election Years – Worrisome or Welcoming?

The stock market is chock-full of patterns and theories that drive investment decisions like “sell-in-May-and-go-away,” the “Santa Claus rally,” and so on. Another popular pattern theory relates to how stocks perform during an election cycle. With the presidential election coming this year,[…]

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Stock Market Gloom or Glee on 2016?

2015 was a fairly disappointing year for most investors with flattish returns and a sizable summer correction that jarred sentiment. To be sure, we weren’t expecting much to begin with for stocks on the year – modest single digit returns that would,[…]

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5 Factors that Impacted the Market in 2015

January 2nd, 2016
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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,[…]

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Deteriorating Credit Market – Harbinger for Recession?

The high-yield (junk) bond space has been under legitimate pressure over the last few months, and there may be even more trouble ahead. You can pick from any variety of negative developments to help you make a bearish case (if you’re so inclined): performance over the last six months has been dreadful,[…]

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Junk Bond Bear Market?

December 18th, 2015
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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,[…]

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Fed Raises Rates – So What Happens Now?

Following The Fed’s rate hike on Wednesday, the market has been volatile to the downside as many feared would occur. Still, keep in mind that the immediate market response to the Fed’s interest rate hike Wednesday was positive: the S&P 500 rose +1.45% that day (this was likely due to the length of time the rate hike had been on the radar;[…]

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4 Things To Know About Robo-Advisors

December 15th, 2015
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We live in an age where algorithms and ‘apps’ increasingly determine how we receive services. They are particularly useful for the discretionary services we often use for getting from point A to point B (Uber), finding an economical and unique place to stay (Air BnB) or getting the best price for an airline ticket (Expedia,[…]

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Interest Rates, Crude Oil, U.S. Govt. Funding…

December 11th, 2015
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Interest Rate Hike Next Week? – mark your calendars! On Wednesday, December 16, the Federal Reserve will meet and almost certainly raise interest rates for the first time since June 2006. It’s about time. In our view, and as Mitch has written several times over,[…]

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Is the Dollar Threatened?

I’ve received several questions from clients over the last few days regarding China’s currency, the yuan. Almost all of them were some variation of these three: with its acceptance into the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) ‘Special Drawing Rights’ basket, is the yuan a threat to the dollar’s status as the world’s top reserve currency?[…]

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