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To say that equity markets had a challenging start to 2020 would be an understatement. The record highs reached in mid-February by the S&P 500 seem like a distant memory after the 30% drop in March – the quickest decline from a new high ever recorded.
As a whole, 2019 was a strong year for risk assets. Domestic equities led the way, with the S&P returning 31.49% for the year.
Year to date, global equity market returns remain strong, but returns were mixed for the third quarter.
After another tough year for international stocks, we’re reminded of the popular Clash song from 1981 (Should I Stay or Should I Go). In 2019, investors may question the inclusion of international stocks in their investment portfolios.
The U.S. economy saw slightly weaker growth during the third quarter with a 2.7% GDP estimate, down from 3.10% during the second quarter.
Presidential elections bring heated emotions from both sides, especially when it comes to protecting your financial investments. As humans, we’re often driven by these strong feelings, but it may come as a surprise that they usually don’t have a large impact on financial markets.
There is a myth that is pervasive in the investment industry that most historical investment gains are attributed to dividends and the stocks that pay them. If this were true you could make a case for owning only dividend-paying stocks.
What is “recency bias”? It comes from the field of Behavioral Economics and represents a tendency for some people to focus solely on "what's happened lately" when evaluating or judging something.
A popular Beatles tune contains the lyrics, “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends.” These comforting words of wisdom can apply to many aspects of life, including the investing world. Sometimes it takes the help of a few friends to provide better solutions for clients, and that’s exactly what happened back in 2003.
A common expression in life is, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." In other words, it’s virtually impossible to get something for nothing. However, in our approach to investing, there are a few “free lunches” that we’re able to exploit and feed to our clients.