The terms “stock market” and “economy” are often used interchangeably, but they are not one in the same. Perhaps this has never been more evident than over the past several months. The state of the economy, according to most measures, is bleak, with economic activity contracting, an unemployment rate of more than 10%, and an…Details
As the markets continue to move up and down and as the media continues to have a field day playing with our emotions, it is no wonder that many investors find themselves questioning what lies ahead. While no one can predict what the markets will do or how people will react to the news of…Details
In 1906, statistician Francis Galton attended a livestock fair where villagers were invited to guess the weight of an ox. No villager successfully guessed the correct weight, but Galton noticed that the average of all the guesses was 1,197 pounds — the exact weight of the ox. A famous experiment asked 56 students to guess…Details
Stock prices change as new information becomes available. It’s not surprising that many investors believe that it is crucial to follow financial news carefully and then act quickly on news that might be relevant to their investments. While this may sound like a good idea, the reality is that you cannot expect to consistently improve…Details
The “yield curve” is a term that is used frequently when discussing the state of the economy. But what is a yield curve to begin with, and what does it have to do with you and your investments? Yield curves typically depict the various yields across the range of maturities for a particular bond class.…Details
Interest rates and bonds prices are inversely related; when interest rates rise, the value of a bond falls. Given that rates on US Treasury Bonds have climbed to levels we have not seen since 2011, bond prices are down year to date. As of November 1, 2018, the YTD returns on the Vanguard Total Bond…Details
It’s hard to think all the way back to January 2016, but the year began with a bit of a shock when US stocks had their worst start in history. Then came the Brexit vote in June, when non-US Stocks dropped approximately 7% over a three week period. And then came the US Presidential election, when US stocks dropped approximately 5% in the weeks leading up to the election.
But by the end of the year, those investors who stayed the course saw positive returns across the board.