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

Following the Brexit Signs

Yesterday the United Kingdom made history by delivering a surprise vote to leave the European Union. Though the odds were close, market pricing was tilted towards a "Bremain" vote -- so "Brexit" was an unexpected outcome.   Markets reacted commensurately today,  European equity markets were down more than 7% and the Sterling down more than … Continue reading Following the Brexit Signs

Full Swing Voting

Following a choppy third quarter, global markets have made a comeback.   Since October 1, the S&P 500 and EAFE have both rebounded over 5%, and emerging markets have bounced by more than 8%. Strangely enough, the same fears that stoked the sell-off also seem to be fueling the rally.  Investors who disliked the uncertainty … Continue reading Full Swing Voting

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

Here Comes the Sink

It was a wild week for US markets. Volatility was off the charts and on Thursday the Dow dropped 512 points - its ninth largest single-day drop in history.  Stocks are down about 7% from their peak in April and are now negative for the year.  Then on Friday, adding insult to injury, Standard and Poors stripped … Continue reading Here Comes the Sink