Categories for Market Review

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

July 22, 2020 8:00 am

Vanguard founder John Bogle once famously advised investors on how to handle stock downturns: “Don’t just do something,” he said. “Stand there!” It is a wry and wise way of turning the conventional wisdom about what to do in bear markets on its head. When panic grips the stock market – as it did in February and March of this... View Article

How Fast The World Can Change

April 9, 2020 9:00 am

On February 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at an all-time high of 29,551. At that time, the economy was humming, corporate earnings were rising and unemployment was at lows last seen during the mid-1950s. While global health experts were increasingly worried about a potential pandemic caused by a new Coronavirus, it seemed to be something that was off... View Article

Should I Be Buying or Selling Stocks Now

March 2, 2020 10:00 am

It seems investor sentiment has quickly changed since the beginning of the year, not to mention from just about 10 days ago as witnessed by the recent stock market decline. Many argue “why” this has happened and here’s a quick look at the potential reasons: Coronavirus: Most argue this is the primary reason for the recent market sell off. Its certainly terrible what is happening across... View Article

The Great Market Plunge of 2019

January 16, 2020 10:00 am

It was in this letter exactly a year ago that we sought to provide some perspective about the steep decline stocks had just experienced in fourth quarter 2018. Over the course of just a few trading sessions in December, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 12%, and the Russell 2000 small stock index fell 14%. The plunge sent the major... View Article

Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something

October 10, 2019 10:00 am

It has been said that golf is an easy game, it’s just hard to play. Much the same could be said of investing. The principles of long-term investment success aren’t particularly complicated. Construct a well-diversified portfolio appropriate for your risk and return needs. Stay the course and let compounding work its magic over time. Easy, right? And yet…it isn’t. Emotions... View Article

Has a Global Recession Arrived

August 21, 2019 8:00 am

Some claim that a global recession has begun following a lot of the recent economic data. Others might argue that major problems only exist overseas, and signs of any recession is not present in the United States. Regardless of who is right, we expect a recession won’t be confirmed until twelve months or longer after the fact. This is similar... View Article

A Stock Market Cycle and Investor Discipline

July 24, 2019 8:00 am

Every point in a stock market cycle brings its own emotional challenges for long-term investors. When volatility spikes, as it did in 2018, investors need to muster their intestinal fortitude and avoid the temptation to flee to cash. In times of extended market doldrums, as we saw in 2015-16 when stocks mostly moved sideways, investors must avoid the temptation to... View Article

Are Investors Missing the Big Picture

April 16, 2019 8:00 am

After a turbulent end to 2018 sent stock indices around the globe into bear market territory, equities staged a big recovery in the first quarter of 2019. For the quarter, the S&P 500 index gained 13.65% and was within a few percentage points of its record high. The Russell 2000 small stock index gained even more, rising 14.58%. Large cap... View Article

Fourth Quarter 2018 Was So Much Fun

January 17, 2019 8:00 am

What did Fourth Quarter 2018 tell us about the future? Not much more than the rest of 2018 did. But in case you missed it, stocks around the globe experienced a significant decline during the quarter, a trend that began in October and accelerated rapidly in December. The downturn was widely attributed to the prospect of continued higher interest rates,... View Article

Did You Give Up on Diversification

December 20, 2018 8:00 am

Once again, the media and talking heads are back at it mourning over the recent “crash” in the stock market and how diversification doesn’t work. Many social outlets such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook are filled with many of our coworkers, friends and family predicting the next market downturn is just around the corner. They may be very right or... View Article