A Marriage that Lasts

Highlights Investors should use strategies that they understand, are academically respected, and are easy to stick with in good times and bad. There are a number of statistical measures that can help you determine if a particular investment strategy is a good match for you. Even the most carefully researched and thoroughly tested investment strategies should be expected to underperform from time to time. The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes. – Amy Grant I waited until I was 33 to get engaged.  In addition to someone I was attracted to, I was looking for…

The Market Week in Review

The U.S. stock market finished the week higher as U.S. and China trade talks regained optimism.  Interest rates continued to fall as the 10-year treasury yield dropped 4 basis points to 2.59%.  Meanwhile the spread between the 10-year treasury yield and the 2-year treasury yield was unchanged at 0.17%.  The price of gold increased 0.28% to $1,302.30 an ounce while the U.S. dollar index (DXY) fell from 97.37 to 96.49 amid underwhelming economic data.  The price of crude oil jumped 4.19% to $58.39 a barrel as the amount of U.S. oil rigs continue to fall. This Week’s Economic Highlights After…

When Will You Cry Uncle?

Highlights Markets are not governed by rules of law or nature, and so even very unlikely outcomes are possible. Investors should carefully consider the point at which they are likely to give into a panic-driven urge to sell. Managing your investments so as to keep them above a floor value is essential to prevent panic-driven decisions. “Failure is temporary.  Giving up is permanent.  – Billionaire Biotech Pioneer Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. I have four brothers.  While we were quite close when we were kids, as you can probably imagine we got into more than a few scraps back in the day.  When…

The Market Week in Review

The U.S. stock market experienced its largest one week drop of the year amid pessimism surrounding a U.S. and China trade deal and underwhelming jobs data.  Interest rates fell as the 10-year treasury yield dropped by 12 basis points to 2.63%.  The spread between the 10-year treasury yield and the 2-year treasury yield fell by 4 basis points to 0.17%.  The price of gold rose 0.35% to $1,298.6 an ounce while the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) rose from 96.46 to 97.37 amid the lower than expected jobs report.  The price of crude oil rose 0.52% to $56.04 a barrel. This…

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