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What Happens When the Fed Raises Rates?

Here are a few thoughts that should add some perspective on any interest rate policy changes that may be announced by the Federal Open Market Committee today. Regardless of what happens, there will likely be significant media hysteria, so try to ignore that and keep a longer term perspective if any volatility follows the announcement.

Perspectives on Volatility

Please take the time to read this most recent update on current global investment market conditions, focusing on the U.S. stock market.

Current Stats on U.S. Market

Please take the time to read this most recent update on current global investment market conditions, focusing on the U.S. stock market.

Five Actions NOT to Take Now

Important update on current global investment market conditions.

U.S. stocks ended a defensive week in the red as investor sentiment deteriorated in the face of fresh worries out of China. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 5.77%, the Dow lost 5.82%, and the NASDAQ slid 6.78%.

The Case for Optimism

As you know, occasionally during our regular readings we come across material that is so on point and so well written that we feel compelled to share it with you in its entirety. Below is a writing, which addresses the good things happening under the surface in the U.S. economy in contrast to the daily negative headlines and recent lackluster performance of the U.S.

Holiday Weekend Investment Update

As everyone is preparing for the long holiday weekend, we thought it would be prudent to share a few thoughts on the investment markets that you might keep in mind as you are celebrating the Birthday of America. Here are some high level points to consider

News versus Data

As you know, occasionally during our regular readings we come across material that is so on point and so well written that we feel compelled to share it with you in its entirety. Below is an article which addresses the very common issue of investing based on news headlines versus investing based on technical and fundamental data.

The Fed Effect

If you watched or listened to the financial news media over the last week or two, which normally we encourage you NOT to do, undoubtedly you heard almost non-stop commentary and predictions about last week's Federal Open Market Committee statement.

Dust Off Those Year 2000 Party Hats !

It seems hard to remember all these years later, but March of 2000 was a time of pure euphoria in the U.S.. equity markets and especially in the technology sector. The poster child for the times was the NASDAQ Composite Stock Index, which included almost all of the leading technology companies of that era.

What Happens in Vegas ...

Earlier this week, our firm attended one of the premier annual conferences for independent financial advisors. It is produced by our SEC compliance consulting firm, Market Counsel, and this year was held in Las Vegas.

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