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 […]

BIG Market Downturn – Trouble Brewing?

China rattled global equities on Tuesday, August 11 when they devalued the yuan against the dollar nearly 2%; the largest devaluation since China implemented its ‘modern’ exchange rate system in 1994. The S&P 500 immediately sank -1.5% at the start of trading on Wednesday (August 12), and European markets finished the day down -2.7%. China […]

Small Caps – Wisdom or Wasted Opportunity in an Aging Bull Market?

There’s “conventional wisdom” out there that as a bull market matures, large cap stocks tend to become the outperformers. According to this thinking, investors tend to shift investments to companies with well-established revenue sources, market penetration, and huge stockpiles of cash as a bull market ages. In theory, and for the most part in practice, […]