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Soylent Rate Cut

By: Matt Garrott With a trade war, the Fed’s rate cut, and election season ramping up (none of the challengers will say anything positive about the economy), you may be forgiven for thinking the investing environment is in shambles.  However, even after the rough past week, the S&P 500 remains up nearly 15% [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:11:42+00:00August 7th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Red Hot Stock Market

By: Matt Garrott The stock market is either red-hot, extremely average, or still in recovery depending on your perspective.  Let’s torture the data until it tells us what we want to hear. The red-hot stock market The S&P 500 is up 18.5% and we’re only halfway through 2019!  Unemployment is incredibly low.  Inflation [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:12:17+00:00July 1st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Hit the Mute Button

By: Matt Garrott The month of May was not kind to equity markets as the S&P 500 dropped 6%.  International stocks were down for the month, too.  The EAFE lost 5% while Emerging Markets were down 7%.  Sell in May and go away?  We don’t think so.  The timing of the drop is [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:13:31+00:00June 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Market Commentary Q1 2019

By: Matt Garrott 2019 is off to a hot start as the S&P 500 gained 13.7%.  Will the market keep up this pace for the rest of the year?  It’s unlikely, but the “pace” is also a bit misleading.  We have not yet made up the ground lost in last quarter’s sell-off.  This [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:14:40+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Kraft Heinz

By: Matt Garrott This Commentary Brought to You in Part by Macaroni and Cheese The latest earnings report for Kraft Heinz was a shocker.  Operating results were flat, there was a huge impairment ($15.4 billion) of goodwill, and the dividend was cut by 40%.  On top of it all, the SEC is investigating [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:15:07+00:00March 5th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Shutdown Rally

By: Matt Garrott The S&P 500 seemed destined for bear territory (a fall of at least 20%) at the end of last year.  It was down 17% when the US government shut down on Saturday December 22nd.  On Monday, the 24th, a frenzied half-day of trading left the market down more than 19% [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:15:43+00:00February 4th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Market Commentary: Year-End 2018

By: Matt Garrott What Happened in 2018 Hail to the King – Cash was king in 2018, up 1.87%.  Chances are your savings account outperformed your portfolio this year, as 2018 was a highly unusual year where virtually every other broad asset class lost money.  Keep in mind that inflation probably outperformed your [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:16:08+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Artificial Intelligence and Our Trading Strategy

By: Matt Garrott The S&P 500 finished November with the largest weekly gain in 6 years.  What does this tell us about the market?  Maybe it tells us that the October sell-off was an overreaction.  More likely it tells us the same thing the October sell-off told us:  No one can predict short-term [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:16:37+00:00December 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Stay Calm

By: Matt Garrott Our message to remain true to your financial plan and focus on long-term goals rather than today’s headlines is a familiar one.  Cynics may wonder why our commentary is so plain and treats common sense as not-so-common.  We don’t forecast GDP.  We’re not trading in reaction to Tweets.  You don’t [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:17:03+00:00November 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Data, Worries, and Expectations

By: Matt Garrott We are often asked, particularly by prospects, for investment ideas – something outside the box that goes up like a stock and protects on the downside.  All they want is 10% annual returns with no negative years.  No such thing exists or we’d have been trick or treating in St. [...]

By |2020-08-25T19:17:31+00:00November 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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