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The Seven – Ten Split of Investing

Investment | June 20, 2017

The seven-ten split is widely considered the most difficult pin arrangement in bowling. You face one pin on the far right and one pin on the far left. There are no pins in between. The bowler must commit to one and in doing so hope to knock down both. The long-term chart comparing the S&P […]

Equities Drift Lower as Retail Dives

Investment | June 19, 2017

US stocks struggled to stay above water on Friday of last week. Pressure seemed to mount from online retail giant Amazon, Inc. (AMZN) announcing an unprecedented bid to buy Whole Foods (WFM) for a whopping $13.7 billion. The news of the merger weighed heavily on other retailers in the US, sending the entire consumer staples […]

Dispelling the Myth of Gold and Interest Rate Hikes

Investment | June 15, 2017

The Federal Reserve recently approved a second interest rate hike for 2017. Additionally, they signaled plans to reduce their $4.5 trillion balance sheet. Essentially, these plans add up to a departure from the easy money policy that has reigned in recent years. During times like this many investors question the value of precious metals as […]

Diversification Works, Except When It Doesn’t

Investment | June 14, 2017

It’s the first rule of investing. Keep your assets spread across various investments to mitigate downside risk. Traditionally, investors have followed a simple 60/40 portfolio design. This strategy means holding 60% of your portfolio in stocks and 40% in bonds. Different factors influence these two groups. Therefore, a drop in one doesn’t necessarily precipitate a […]

Stocks Trade in Narrow Range

Investment | June 13, 2017

Despite a culmination of highly anticipated market-moving events last week, US equities were little changed for much of the week. During the first four trading days last week, the S&P 500 fluctuated within a ten-point range, or about 0.40%, which is extremely narrow. The Nasdaq 100, however, continued to blaze a new trail into uncharted […]

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