Market Notes

August was the second losing month of 2019 for the S&P 500 (SPX) and other major stock indexes. Bonds were the place to be last month. Our portfolios weathered the storm well losing less than 1% on average. Some portfolios with heavy exposure to municipal bonds even pulled off a gain for the month.

Market Notes

Things are cheap in terms of dollars. And as American’s we take this for granted. We expect that when we hop on Amazon.com tomorrow, this item will be roughly the same price - again in terms of dollars. Folks in other countries have no such expectation. We Americans are extremely lucky to own the world’s reserve currency and that there so much demand for our currency.

Market Notes

Next time you are in Denver, I encourage you to stop by the LocalHost Arena in Lakewood (and check out the scene. Pull up a chair and give computer, console, or virtual reality gaming a try. It’s always fun to try new things – and it is super fun to be able to play football with the kids without concern for a bum knee.

Market Notes

Negative interest rates are not a “net-benefit” to the global economy, rather negative interest rates are a travesty of the global economy. The only folks who benefit are the risk-takers who borrow money cheaply (or even get paid to do it) which they will never repay to speculate on ideas, many of which will never pan out. And who loses? The savers. Our parents and grandparents pay for this speculation – and later, so too will our children. Negative interest rates are a symptom of a very bad global economy, not a benefit to the economy. It’d be like calling a cast a benefit of a broken leg. It makes absolutely no sense. And these are the people calling the shots...

Market Notes

As the name implies, the Money Weighted Return weighs returns based on how much (or how little) money was in the account at the time the return was generated. What this means to the investor is simply – the MWR answers the question “how am I doing toward my goals?”. This is the number that you would use to gauge your position in relation to your long-term goals.