Financial Markets Check-In

The S&P 500 is up a whopping +24.4% so far in 2019 and many investors are feeling giddy. Despite tariffs, politics, and slow growth in Asia & EU, the American economy continues to chug along. Hooray for growth! It’s not hard to forget that people were quite pessimistic coming into the year. Goldman Sachs had predicted markets to only be up “modestly” in 2019, with … Continue reading Financial Markets Check-In

How Did You Learn About Stocks?

Someone asked me recently “how did you first learn about the stock market?” I first noted that I am not particularly astute when it comes to stocks (I’m an index fund guy), but the basic operation of public corporations and the stock market is something that I first learned about when I was a kid. My Dad would talk about the stock market and had … Continue reading How Did You Learn About Stocks?

The Dumbest Investment Chart

The colorful and entertaining Callan ‘Periodic Table’ was recently updated with 2018 market results.  It tracks the investment returns of key indices over the past two decades.  The most recent year – the 20th in the chart – was challenging. As you can see, cash was king and few investments posted positive returns. I have often referred to the chart as “fascinating, but useless” because … Continue reading The Dumbest Investment Chart

Inverted Bond Yield – Harbinger of Recession?

I’ll begin by warning you that this is one of those investing topics, I will claim to have very little understanding of.  I thought I might learn a little bit about it through the process of writing this piece.  Perhaps you will learn a little too. The yield of bond rates has become inverted recently for the first time in since 2007.  This means that … Continue reading Inverted Bond Yield – Harbinger of Recession?