May 10, 2017
Sell in May and Go Away

 “Sell in May and Go Away”?? Maybe Not!

If you’ve invested for any length of time in your life, you’ve most like heard the term, “Sell in May and go away.” As simple as it sounds, it may not give you the results you’re looking for when it comes to investing. Historically speaking, stocks often provide their lowest returns between May and October. Nevertheless, after the 2016 presidential election, it’s clear to see that this market is anybody’s guess. The market could be overvalued right now, which will result in the typical correction. However, no one saw Donald Trump winning the election. In light of a year of what ifs, here are five fantastic reasons to hold your stocks instead of selling this year. Don’t Sell in May and Go Away 1. We see a strong market so far in May. We’re seeing well over 20, 0000 on the DOW. The NASDAQ and S&P 500 are both hitting highs. Did you know over the last 67 years, the S&P 500 manifested a long-term trend-line 48 times despite, heading into this weak period? The gain is around 2.8% now. That’s double the average for all years. 2. Remember that the market is global. Look beyond what they U.S. market is doing. The […]
December 20, 2016
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Fed Raises Rates

Last week was mixed for the markets, as the Dow increased by 0.44%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.06%, the NASDAQ dropped 0.13%, and the MSCI EAFE gave back 0.55%. We also saw a variety of data released, giving a similarly mixed view of recent economic activity. Retail sales and the Consumer Price Index showed modest gains, while industrial production and housing starts both declined. The biggest headline from last week, however, was a development the market anticipated for quite some time: The Federal Reserve decided to raise its benchmark interest rates – for only the second time since 2006.   Why did the Fed raise rates? The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the group of Fed officials who meet to determine interest rates and other policies choices, has a mandate to “foster maximum employment and price stability.” In its quest to uphold this mandate, the FOMC aims to keep inflation at 2%, as this level can help support accurate financial forecasting and decisions while preventing harmful deflation. The act of adjusting interest rates can help control inflation and support economic strength. At its most basic, when the Fed lowers rates, they are indicating that the economy is contracting – […]
December 6, 2016

A Mixed View

After a three-week run where all major U.S. indexes posted significant gains, we saw a mixed view in the market last week. The Dow was up 0.10%, but the S&P 500 lost 0.97% and the NASDAQ was down 2.65%. The MSCI EAFE‘s measure of international developed markets also dropped 0.24%. Rallies such as the one we’ve experienced since Donald Trump’s election can’t go on forever, so we aren’t too concerned about these minor pullbacks. In fact, as we’ve recently said, when you look more deeply at the data, we see many reasons to believe that our economy is moving in the right direction. Good News This Week Positive economic news for the U.S. continued to come in this week, including reports that: Unemployment dropped again to 4.6% – hitting its lowest level since August 2007. Manufacturing increased for the third straight month. Personal income increased 0.6% in October. Q3 GDP was 10% higher than previously thought. Of course, despite the ongoing indications that our economy is doing well, everything isn’t perfect in the U.S. We’d like to see the economy growing even faster than it is. And while unemployment is low, the measure of people who are underemployed is still […]
November 29, 2016

Many Reasons to Give Thanks

During a week while many were thankful, the markets gave us much to be thankful for. Through the four-day trading week, the S&P 500 was up 1.44%, the Dow gained 1.51%, the NASDAQ added 1.45%, and the MSCI EAFE increased 1.26%. What Happened This Week? The S&P 500, Dow, and NASDAQ hit all-time highs: For the third straight week, the three major domestic indexes increased – and they all reached record highs. By market close on Friday, November 25, the S&P 500 was at 2,213.33, the Dow reached 19,152.14, and the NASDAQ was up to 5,398.92. Each of the indexes is now up over 7% for the year. U.S. Dollar/Euro move closer together: A combination of positive news in the United States and ongoing economic challenges in Europe have moved the dollar and euro increasingly closer together for the past three weeks. In fact, Deutsche Bank now predicts parity between the two currencies by the second quarter of 2017- and the dollar to be worth more than the euro by the third quarter. The two currencies have not had equal value since November 2002. At the euro’s highest in July 2008, it was worth more than 1.6 times as much as […]