Hold On to Your Hats!

Hold On to Your Hats!

Recently, stocks have delivered a wild ride. During Thanksgiving week, U.S. stock markets took investor uncertainty on the chin, suffering a 3.8 percent drop, which was the worst performance in eight months. Then, last week, stocks reversed course. The Standard &...
Remember: Volatility is Normal

Remember: Volatility is Normal

Major U.S. stock market indices climbed into record territory during August. They gave back some gains last week. Peter Wells of Financial Times explained: “Speculation about a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese imports from the Trump administration weighed on U.S....
Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon

Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon

Motion sickness happens when your body receives conflicting signals from your eyes, ears, and other body parts. One way to manage the anxiety and queasiness that accompany the condition is by keeping your eyes on the horizon. The motion of the stock markets has been...
The World Remains Full of Opportunities and Challenges

The World Remains Full of Opportunities and Challenges

Although we’ve seen global markets moving in tandem in recent years, Sara Potter of FactSet pointed out, “…we’re starting to see the end of the synchronized global growth that has prevailed over the last two years. While the U.S. economy remains strong, growth in...
Like An Unexpected Gust of Wind

Like An Unexpected Gust of Wind

Last week’s stock market performance startled investors, like an unexpected gust of wind that blows the hat off your head or flips your umbrella inside out. Looking back, it’s easy to identify some of the factors that may have contributed to investors’ unease and...
All Investors Are Consumers, but Not All Consumers Are Investors

All Investors Are Consumers, but Not All Consumers Are Investors

The September installment of University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey reported Americans are feeling pretty optimistic. Consumer sentiment rose to the second highest level since 2004, and consumer expectations reached the highest level since 2004. Surveys of...