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 […]


Any Gas Left in the Market’s Tank?

December 2, 2016

Leading up to the U.S. Presidential election, many voters anticipated that the markets would rally following a Clinton victory and fall following a Trump victory. Trump won, but markets didn’t fall. Instead, they rallied and rallied in a big way. Many U.S. stock sectors advanced on hopes that President-elect Trump’s policies would spur faster economic […]


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: How Do Markets Perform During Presidential Cycles

November 7, 2016

It seems like the Presidential election cycle is getting longer and longer, but the end is finally in sight for our latest one. Soon the discussion will shift from who will be in office to what policies the new President will get to work on first. From an investing perspective, some of those policies really […]


Election Collection: Harmony or Gridlock: Which is Better?

We all know the saying, “gridlock is good.” When applied to politics, gridlock typically refers to different parties controlling the White House and Congress. On the other hand, political harmony occurs when we have the same party controlling both the White House and Congress. With the upcoming election, the possibility for either political harmony or […]


Election Collection: Roll Bounce: How Markets React to Shocks

When the United Kingdom (UK) surprised the world with their decision to leave the European Union (EU) in late June, U.S. and international stock markets did not respond well. Stocks around the world sold off because investors were concerned that this could slow economic growth in various regions and may lead to other countries leaving […]


Election Collection: The Antidote to Uncertainty

Election Collection: Markets climb a wall of worry. This popular axiom has long been used to describe how, despite all the market shocks and concerning economic, political and geopolitical headlines, stock markets have historically proven they are fairly resilient. This resiliency was put to the test recently when voters in the United Kingdom (UK) voted […]


Election Collection: Presidents and Your Portfolio

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 […]