Corporate Debt Sends Signal to Investors

There was a tinge of nervousness in corporate debt markets toward the end of September when investment-grade companies sold just $105 billion of new debt. Sounds like a big number, but it marked a 20%+ decline from a year earlier and was the weakest September in four years (September is historically a strong month for […]

Aware of this Market Sweet Spot?

The S&P 500 is back in positive territory for the year, driven in large part by technology companies posting solid Q3 earnings (so far). Tech stocks have rallied hard since late August, largely leading the way for S&P 500 sectors. Tech as a category is now up over 5% on the year, compared to the […]

Recession in 6-12 Months?

A few clients have approached me recently with some ‘worrisome’ U.S. government agency data. From the Energy Information Administration to the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Labor to the Department of Commerce, there appears to be a confluence of weak data that – according to a few sources – signals the U.S. could […]

New Trade Deal: 3 Things Investors Should Know

As I wrote in my weekly global markets summary last week, the 12-country trade deal, known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), finally reached agreement last week in Atlanta. The big players include the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Australia, and the biggest impact from the deal stems from the multilateral agreements with developing economies in […]

Are Stocks Due for a 4th Quarter Comeback?

  At the time of this writing, the S&P 500 and global markets (as measured by the MSCI World) are negative for the year. Some investors are losing patience and I’ve noticed the media increasingly spinning negativity – last week, a soft jobs report spurred a flurry of nervous headlines (never mind that the unemployment […]

How To Fight Market Volatility

During times of pronounced volatility (like we’re seeing now), investors often try to find new ways to neutralize how market gyrations impact their portfolios. This can mean selling down stock positions, owning fewer stocks, shifting asset allocations to favor bonds or even looking to new asset classes like real estate. These tactical changes to investment […]

Can an Advisor Manage Better than Me?

            This is the first article in a twice-monthly new series from Mitch Zacks answering your individual portfolio related questions. This week, Orlando, FL asks “Can an Advisor Manage Better than Me?” I don’t like to answer a question with a question, but in this case you might ask the […]

Are You Making a Big Mistake in These Volatile Times?

Stock market volatility continues unabated. It may be too early to tell, but I’m marking the top of this current market correction at July 20, with the bottom still to be determined (though I’d say it’s still a few weeks off). Since July 20, investors have had a rocky ride with the market having traded […]

Negative Earnings – Should You Be Worried?

Earnings posed a legitimate headline risk in the second quarter: total earnings for S&P 500 companies were down -2.1% from the same period last year on -3.4% lower revenues. Yikes. And, that’s coming off a weak first quarter when earnings basically flat-lined nudging only +0.8% higher. Current expectations are that earnings will be negative in […]

Bear Market or Classic Correction?

Volatility has rattled the market with the S&P 500 down slightly more than 11% in just six trading days (though 8/26/15). Global markets have fared worse. But, my advice to you now is – don’t let it rattle you too. To many investors, this correction may feel especially dramatic (and a bit scary) because of […]