Our latest market observations and research.
Summary No one knows the specifics of new economic policies nor when they will begin to affect the economy, but our view from Main Street, Walnut Creek is the positive aspects will outweigh the negatives. Contrary to conventional wisdom, stocks responded very well to...read more
Our Investment Advisory clients experienced nine months of solid performance despite numerous stiff headwinds in 2016. The headwinds started in the opening weeks of the year with a vicious stock market selloff, Brexit related volatility in June, still sputtering...read more
With interest rates at generational low levels, investment advisors face two distinct dilemmas. How to: 1) safely generate additional investment income, and 2) do this while retaining the flexibility to adapt to rising interest rates in the future? A tool we think...read more
The purpose of this article is to make the case for a primary trend rise in yields. If this assumption turns out to be correct, it is within the realm of possibilities that this same rally may also be a turn in the tide for the initial advance in a new, very long-term...read more
Summary This update focused on the challenges facing investors. Retired investors are especially challenged to both protect and grow their portfolios in today’s low return world. We started by highlighting the dual challenges of high stock market valuations coupled...read more
The price of crude oil topped out in June 2014, then bottomed in February 2016 and has since partially recovered. During this period, the price of oil plunged by 76% and reached historic proportions, even in relation to other energy boom and bust cycles of the past. ...read more