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Are Market Fears Overblown?


Published September 17, 2021

September is the worst month of the year for the stock market historically. As such, investors who are predisposed to worry unearth plenty of things to be concerned with. The pair of articles below discuss some of the current worries of investors. (more…)

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High Valuations and Seasonal Trends Make September a Scary Month


Published August 27, 2021

We have written often in recent weeks about how extended the market seems to be. Some of this content has come from Schwab. Back in the late 1990s, Schwab notified clients more than once that the market’s valuation was excessive and to be careful. Similarly, they have been proactively warning this summer of higher-than-normal market valuations and a market ripe for some downside action. There are notable differences between now and the late 1990s. (more…)

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The Stock Market’s Winning Streak Leads to Calls for a Pullback


Published August 20, 2021

The following content from MarketWatch highlights the reason why we are model-driven investors. It is all too easy to get caught up in speculation about what markets “should do” and let that drive our investment decisions. We find it far more productive for our money to row with the market’s price trend, recognizing that market prices move up as well as down, and allowing ourselves the flexibility to pursue gains regardless of market price direction.

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The Beauty of the Roth IRA


Published August 13, 2021

The stock market continues to trade in a relatively quiet manner waiting for the next piece of information that will provide a jolt to push stocks one direction or the other. While we wait, we take this opportunity to review a fundamental financial planning concept – the beauty of the Roth IRA. (more…)

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Has Peak Earnings Growth Meant Peak Stock Market?


Published August 6, 2021

Below is an article from Schwab on the connection between earnings and the stock market.

“In what shaped up to be a very impressive first half of the year for both the economy and stock market, stellar earnings growth has been a key ingredient. Coming off stronger-than-expected S&P 500 earnings growth of 53% (year over year) in the first quarter, second-quarter earnings are currently anticipated to grow by 78%, the highest since 2009. That is well higher than the initial consensus estimate of 65%. (more…)

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The Stock Market and the Economy


Published August 7, 2020

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One of the favorite sources of news and discussion topics in the financial media is the economy and speculation about its future health. Everyone knows that economies, whether local, national or global, repeatedly go through boom and bust cycles. These business cycles affect all of us to some degree but many in the investment community pay particular attention to them because of a fundamental belief that as the economy goes so goes the stock market. (more…)

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The Drop in the U.S. Dollar Could Shift the Investment Landscape


Published July 31, 2020

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There has been a lot of attention recently about the sharp drop in the price of the U.S. dollar. This decline has sent gold and other commodity prices soaring. Driving this decline in the dollar is a quicker recovery in economies outside the U.S., last week’s coordinated stimulus action by the European Union (which bolsters the Euro), and the zero interest rate policy of the U.S. Federal Reserve for as long as the eye can see. To put this in context, until recently, the dollar enjoyed a very long run of strength as Europe and Japan struggled. (more…)

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The Stock Market Adds New Fuel to the Rally


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Published July 24, 2020

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We have mentioned recently the need for the stock market to expand its participation if the rally was to continue.  Over the past couple of weeks this appears to be happening.  See below a variety of sectors outside the usual FANGMA* tech/consumer complex that have been showing strength.  This rotation is what fuels longer-term stock market rallies.

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Stock market seeks other drivers


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Published July 17, 2020

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A few miscellaneous notes this week that describe the current market outlook, foggy though it be.  Starting at the highest level with the wide range of earnings projections for the S&P 500.  Currently, the S&P 500 index trades around 3200.  If we look at the chart below, we see a 2021 earnings per share for the S&P 500 range of $135-170.  At $135, the S&P 500 is trading at price-earnings ratio of 23, on the high end of “normal”.

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