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Shifting Economic Balance Ever wonder how the balance of the world’s economies have changed over the last 120 years? Here’s a really interesting snapshot (see graphic), which shows the size of many countries’ stock markets at the beginning of the 1900s (as a percentage of the total), and as of the start of this year. […]
Lesson Learned? Investors who reacted emotionally to market movements have been humbled yet again. When U.S. stocks (measured by the S&P 500 index) fell 13.97% in last year’s fourth quarter, most of us felt in our gut like the market was in the midst of a major bear market collapse. The downturn would continue into […]
President and Senior Advisor, Phil Ratliff gives us the details on the first quarter market update and also the 4th quarter 2018 performance update! Watch Now:
I’ll take my chances… Chances are, you’ve already heard or read endless predictions about… everything. The direction of interest rates. Market returns and whether the markets will go down or up. When the next recession will hit. The movements of the cryptocurrency markets. If the market gurus were being honest, they wouldn’t give us definitive […]
What’s the best strategy for navigating choppy investment markets? The classic advice is to hang on for dear life. But is there a better option? Taming the Roller Coaster A recent article by Michael Batnick of Rithold Wealth Management helpfully reminds us that we have experienced two VERY choppy market periods since 1999. Buy […]
This was the year the long, seemingly endless bull market came to a crashing halt– and U.S. investors finally, for the first time since 2008, experienced the normal definition of a bear market.The bottom fell out in the final month of the year, which started with a decent chance of another year of overall annual […]
You may have read that there has been a drop in new home sales—down 13% in September compared to the previous September—and that, combined with the drop in stock market values, might have you worried about the state of the U.S. economy.
Nobody knows why the S&P 500 index declined more than 11% in October; the largest decline since, well, earlier this year.
If you’re the kind of person who like to worry, then October has given you plenty of stimulus. After yesterday’s 3.1 percent drop in the popular S&P 500 index, the index has lost 8.8% in this month alone, wiping out all the gains that we’ve enjoyed this year, putting the index in negative territory. The […]