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Are Stocks for Pessimists?

December 22, 2016

If we could make a broad statement about stock investors, it would be that they have to be generally optimistic about the future. If stock investors didn’t feel that the future would be better than the past, then stock investments are most likely not for them. All things equal, companies have to do better than […]

 

Interest Rates: Up, Up and Away!?!

December 8, 2016

In what is widely referred to as the Trump Bump, U.S. stocks have been moving up since the surprise U.S. Presidential election victory of Donald Trump. Stocks have been advancing on the hopes that some of the President-elect’s policies may make it into law. Most notably, lower corporate taxes, reduced industry regulation and infrastructure spending […]

 

The Unexpected Trump Reaction

November 17, 2016

“I can say with 100% certainty that there is a really good chance we could see a huge, huge correction.” These were the words that billionaire Mark Cuban told CNN host Erin Burnet back on May 16, 2016, to describe what would happen to the stock market if Donald Trump won the election. Trump won, […]

 

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

November 8, 2016

It is decision week in America. With President Obama termed out and Joe Biden not running for office, a new administration will be elected into the white House this week. It doesn’t seem like a stretch, but this seems to have been the longest and most controversial U.S. election we have had in some time […]

 

Election Collection: Presidents and Your Portfolio

November 7, 2016

Every four years investors find themselves asking the same question: How will a new president affect my stock investments? It is often asked because of the uncertainty that a new president potentially brings to the economy and markets. Will he or she create an economy with tight or loose fiscal policies? Is he or she […]

 

Election Collection: Does the Economy Pick the President?


It’s the economy stupid! These famous words were a central theme of Bill Clinton’s successful campaign against George H.W. Bush. While the Clinton campaign in 1992 was focused on the recession the U.S. was facing at the time, the performance of the economy has a more significant impact on politics than you might think. This […]

 

U.S. Growth Springs Forward In Q3

November 4, 2016

In times of market volatility, we advise investors to focus on the big picture. Right now, the big picture is full of many bright spots. The biggest bright spot was announced last week when the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released the first estimate of third quarter U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). They reported that […]

 

Bellatore Board Member Stephanie Bogan Blogging for InvestmentNews

October 31, 2016

We are excited to share that Stephanie Bogan, a member of Bellatore Financial’s Board and founder of Quantuvis Consulting, is now writing for InvestmentNews. She is a featured expert contributing to the blog Outside-In: Outside voices and views for advisers. Here first column, “Don’t mistake achievement for passion and purpose,” was published earlier this month […]

 

Paltry Increase in Social Security for 2017

October 25, 2016

Last week the Social Security Administration announced a slight increase in Social Security benefits for the New Year. After a year with no increase in social security benefits, any increase is welcomed, but the coming year’s increase won’t pay for much more than a cup of coffee. The monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income […]

 

Where should interest rates really be?

September 29, 2016

Last week, the Federal Reserve pleased global stock markets by leaving interest rates unchanged. The Fed felt that, even though the unemployment rate is low, the labor market still had some slack and that inflationary pressures were still not strong enough. In a nutshell, Chair Janet Yellen stated, “We judged that the case for an increase has strengthened but decided for the time being to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward our objectives.”