Bonds Are A “Return-free Risk”

We continue to view the bond market as a “return-free risk”.  It is a very crowded trade, as institutions and individuals have fled what they perceive as riskier equity assets, for what they believe is solid income generated by bonds.  Yet, with yields as low as they are today, it only takes a small move down in bond prices to wipe out…

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Market View – April 2016

The stock market started off the year exceptionally weak, with all major market indexes down double digit percentages going into the low on February 11. We believe much of the weakness was due to selling by foreign sovereign wealth funds, where the related country’s fiscal budget is heavily affected by the price of crude oil.

New Study Emphasizes Importance of Conducting Background Check on Financial Advisers

There’s a phrase no one wants to read in a sweeping report about the financial advisers who handle their savings: economy-wide misconduct. A new working paper by business school professors at the University of Chicago and University of Minnesota found that 7 percent of financial advisers have been disciplined for misconduct that ranges from putting clients in…

Market View – January 2016

2015 is now in the books and hopefully the year was personally more rewarding than what the stock markets provided. Markets around the world were down in 2015; many had double digit losses. The NYSE Composite Index was down 6.4% for the year. The beginning of 2016 has not been rewarding either. In fact, the…