Every time the market rallies for a few days the talking heads start talking about record highs…as if that is a bad thing! While “record highs” really is an irrelevant valuation metric, there are many standard ways to evaluate a stock’s or index’s fair value. One of the most common metrics is known as the Price to Earnings ratio or P/E.
I am unabashedly biased. I have thought since the beginning that 70% of the entire ECB concept was flawed…and 99.9% of the actual implementation. Here in the U. S. those of us that live in fly-over country bristle enough when Americans and mostly elected Americans, in America (Washington DC), feel the need to control our lives. Imagine instead if all of Washington’s rules and regulations instead were handed down from a non-elected group of non-Americans, residing in Quebec or Mexico City. That’s the ECB.
For investors in the U. S. this really is a non event…except it probably strikes a little more fear in the hearts of the anti-Trump group, that his rhetoric my be hitting home in a similar fashion as Brexit was supported by the non-elite, non-financial, -non-traditional politicians in England.
Short term the markets may be more volatile. This is a case of volatility literally feeding volatility. Many trading algorithms are partly based on trading on volatility. The more volatile the market the more the algorithms are programmed to sell. Which triggers more selling. It has been heartening to see fairly stable markets today. 3% drop isn’t fun, but it has happened for far less dramatic events in the past.
At 401 Advisor, LLC we are mostly invested, but for new clients or new monies that have transferred in recently, we used this morning as a buying opportunity. I’d actually hoped for a bigger “opportunity”, but we picked up a few shares cheaper than they were yesterday.
The media, fund companies, and 401(k) provider’s can focus too much attention on short term risk. Despite major bear markets from the Great Depression to the Great Recession a portfolio of diversified stocks actually carry less risk than alternatives like bonds and t-bills over long periods of time. How much income are you going to miss out on in retirement by allocating your portfolio based on short term volatility instead of long term performance? For more, the entire article can be found here at http://www.usnews.com
If you’re a client of 401 Advisor, LLC you likely hold Apple, Inc. (AAPL) stock in your portfolio. While the stock has been beaten up this year, the company has many redeeming qualities. For my take, I have posted the following article for my column at www.usnews.com “The Smarter Investor”
The article has also been picked up by Yahoo Finance, here.
401 Advisor, LLC has been operating under a Fiduciary standard since the business was formed in 2004. In short, it’s about time the rest of the industry has to disclose fees and conflicts of interests. Hard to understand why companies like UBS, Merrill Lynch, LPL and Raymond Jame to name a few, fought so hard to prevent the ruling.
401 Advisor, LLC specializes in building client portfolios using dividend paying stocks due to their long term history of providing superior returns over non dividend payers. I recently contributed to an article posted by U S News on their web site. The article highlights warning signs that a stock may be cutting their dividend in the future.
Blaring headline from the business news talking head, “Market is now down more than any day since May 5th!!!!!” Geesh, that’s only 3 weeks ago! In fact, between then and now we enjoyed the third-longest streak of gains and losses of less than 0.20%, in other words extremely low volatility. With the summer doldrums already here, what does that mean for the stock market? Well, all other periods on the list happened in the middle of bull markets. In other words, today means nothing by itself. Greece is making noise that it will not put up with more “austerity” imposed by the ECB. That is enough to cause some jitters in the market. We’ll see what they say by the end of the week. Our strategy is unchanged – be invested, be cautious.
The markets are getting interesting, I plan to update the blog soon with new analysis. Until then, here’s a thought…
“To succeed in the markets you need to make your own decisions. Numerous traders cited listening to others as their worst blunder.” – Jack D. Schwager (Investment manager, author, Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Stock Traders, b 1948)