Stocks have surged this past month, with the S&P 500 returning 11% in November. Other major indices, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite, produced similarly strong returns. These kinds of returns would make a good year in most investors’ eyes.
At Least One Uncertainty Cloud Should be Evaporating
There remains a lot going on. The pandemic, domestic and international economies struggling, zero/negative interest rates, and an unusually high number of other clouds still obscure the investing horizon. But, with election season rapidly approaching its one...
We’re in Limbo-Land … Now What?
There seems to be so much going on, and yet investors are stuck in the middle with no direction.
We’ve passed the worst (hopefully) of the pandemic, yet there isn’t a clear-cut solution in sight. The domestic economy continues grow...
Don’t Fight the Fed?
The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, called by its colloquial name “the Fed” even on its website, made its informal but landmark policy change official last week. For the foreseeable future, the Fed will keep interest rates near zero, focusing almost on...
A Few Thoughts on Rising Market Speculation
The stock market continues to favor high-tech “digital economy” growth companies, particularly after the remarkably strong earnings reports from Apple, Amazon and others. The performance spread between “digital economy” stocks and “physical economy” stocks suggest that speculative is...
How to Monitor Future Trouble in the Housing Market
U.S. stock markets continue to rise, carrying the majority of our portfolio stocks upward. There’s price resistance on the S&P 500 index at about 3,200, so that’s where I will anticipate an end to the run-up...
Caution: Rough Seas Ahead
As the stock market recovers from the steep downturn in March, I’d like to stress that this downturn bears no resemblance to any previous stock market downturn. It wasn’t created by corporate excesses or a housing bubble or any specific problem...
The Other Side of the Mountain
It appears as if U.S. stock markets have begun rebounding from the drastic March downturn. As you would expect, stocks that are less affected by global quarantine behaviors are recovering far more swiftly than those that cater to of...