Bear Market Investing: You’re Doing It Wrong!

 

Transcript:

Hey, everyone!  It’s certainly been an interesting few weeks in financial markets.  As I record this video in March 2020, U.S. stocks are in a bear market, the first “official” bear market since 2009, though there were plenty of interruptions along the way.  The proximate cause of this bear market is the coronavirus and associated economic disruption.

But this video applies to bear markets regardless of the cause… and I imagine that I’ll share it again in the future.Read More »

Dow Logs 8-Day Win Streak

Weekly Commentary — September 16th, 2019

The Week on Wall Street

Stocks edged toward all-time peaks during a relatively calm week marked by easing trade tensions. Friday marked the eighth straight daily advance for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.[1]

Small-cap shares, as tracked by the Russell 2000 index, rose 4.85% in five days. The S&P 500 improved 0.96% for the week, while the Dow and Nasdaq Composite respectively advanced 1.57% and 0.91%. Foreign shares added 1.22%, according to the MSCI EAFE index.[2],[3],[4]

Read More »

Monthly Economic Update: September 2019

Transcript:

Hello, folks, this is Derek Merkler, the Military Financial Advisor with my economic update for September 2019.

In August, all eyes were on the U.S.-China trade dispute. The White House announced new tariffs on Chinese goods. Some are effective now; some will be effective in December. China retaliated, in two ways. First, it manipulated its currency by reducing its value compared to the U.S. dollar. Currency devaluation makes Chinese goods less expensive for U.S. buyers and it may help offset the impact of tariffs.[1]Second, it scheduled new tariffs on American goods.[2]Trade talks between the U.S. and China may resume this month though, of course, time will tell.[3]Read More »

Stocks Descend from Recent Peaks

Weekly Commentary — July 22nd, 2019

The Week on Wall Street

Stock benchmarks retreated during the first week of the second-quarter earnings season. As some big names shared quarterly results, investors seemed more interested in what might happen at the Federal Reserve’s upcoming policy meeting.

For the week, the S&P 500 declined 1.23%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.65%, and the Nasdaq Composite, 1.18%. International stocks, measured by the week-over-week performance of the MSCI EAFE index, were down 0.79%.[1],[2]      Read More »

S&P 500 Tops 3,000!

Weekly Commentary — July 15th, 2019

The Week on Wall Street

Friday, the S&P 500 settled above 3,000 for the first time, after rising 0.78% for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average chalked up a milestone of its own: the blue chips ended the week above 27,000, gaining 1.52% on the way. Additionally, the Nasdaq Composite wrapped up the week 1.01% higher. The MSCI EAFE index, a gauge of overseas developed markets, fell 0.65%.[1],[2],[3]Read More »