Patience and Profits

Volatility returns Stock market volatility is back. In February this year, the S&P 500 posted the largest single-day point fall in its history, only to rebound with the fourth largest single-day rise in history. All that volatility has some questioning if it still makes sense to invest in the stock market. S&P 500 BEST & WORST SINGLE DAY POINT … Continue reading Patience and Profits

Greed and Fear

US stocks are at all-time highs and many valuations measures suggest they are expensive.  That doesn't mean the market can't keep rising and it's proven bears wrong for years.  However, it's fair to say US stocks don't look cheap by traditional standards. It's actually getting hard to find any market that looks like a compelling … Continue reading Greed and Fear

No Market for Old Men

US stocks are in one of the longest bull markets in history.  Many are warning of extended market valuations.  Two of the most highly regarded valuation measures seem to agree. The chart below shows Dr. Robert Shiller's CAPE ratio has reached levels surpassed only by the dot-com bubble peak in 2000. CAPE Ratio Source: Multpl … Continue reading No Market for Old Men

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and a Bag of Chips

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are the dish du jour.  Everyone from seasoned investment managers to teen-aged kids wants a taste of the crypto.  There's a good reason too, Bitcoin is up almost 300% in the past year alone. But price swings are extreme, enough to make even veteran traders squirm (both in pain and delight).  The … Continue reading Bitcoin, Blockchain, and a Bag of Chips

Fitting the Earnings Shoe

The first quarter started with a bang but ended with a thud.  The US stock market was basically flat and the bond market was modestly up.  The widespread global recession rhetoric seems to be quieting. This is particularly true in the US where we have been pointing out economic conditions are not as bad as … Continue reading Fitting the Earnings Shoe

Never a Wrong Time

Market volatility picked up significantly in August and US stocks have been teetering in and out of correction territory ever since.  Uncertainty is pervasive and investors' nerves are rattled.  At times like these, it's more important than ever to manage expectations and maintain appropriate expectations. A market correction is generally defined as a pullback of … Continue reading Never a Wrong Time

Looking Abroad

With about every major US equity index making new highs, many investors are nervous about US stocks.  I don't know if there's an impending stock market crash, but regardless at BCM we favor foreign developed market equities for the time being.  Here are a few reasons why. Western Europe appears to be trailing the US … Continue reading Looking Abroad

Bill Gross’ Departure from PIMCO

On September 26, 2014, Bill Gross announced his sudden departure from PIMCO, the firm he co-founded in 1971. This shake-up comes at an already troubling time for the investment company after the heir apparent, Mohamed El-Erian, announced his resignation earlier in the year. The firm’s flagship Total Return fund has seen negative outflows for 16 … Continue reading Bill Gross’ Departure from PIMCO

More Than Camaradarie

Those who follow BCM know that I've been watching Russian equities for some time.  In the past, I've joked that Russia has more to offer than just stiff vodka and camaraderie -- but it's true.   For example, Russia has vast deposits of natural resources including coal, timber, minerals, and natural gas.  A little-appreciated fact … Continue reading More Than Camaradarie