Weighing the Week Ahead: How Stocks Can Ignore Political Turmoil

The economic calendar is normal with emphasis on inflation data and housing news. These routine reports continue in the background as the Washington headlines continue. We would all like to focus on markets, but the daily news flow emphasizes the turmoil. Many people are asking: How can markets ignore the political turmoil? Last Week Recap […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: A Congressional Vacation?

Weighing the Week Ahead: A Congressional Vacation?  Once again, the calendar includes most of the important economic news in a single week.  Competing with the data will be the ongoing discussion of important policy issues.  Most significant are the debt ceiling and tax policy.  Congress will start a five-week recess.  I expect pundits to be […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: What Does the Health Care Decision Mean for Stocks?

The economic calendar is light, but it really would not matter. The defeat (via retreat) of the effort to replace Obamacare will dominate financial market stories this week. The pundits will be asking: What does the health care decision mean for stocks? Last Week Last week the news was mostly positive, but irrelevant. Markets were […]

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Stock Exchange: Model Picks Teach Us to Manage Risk

Individual investors are intensely focused on the concept of risk. And why shouldn’t they be? Finding an appropriate level of downside risk is paramount. However, too few give equal weight to the potential upside risk in their decisions. Permabears and doom-and-gloomers often watch from the sidelines as the market rallies beyond the fear of the day. […]

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Weighing the Week Ahead: Time for a Portfolio “Transition?”

There is some important data on the schedule for this week, along with earnings and the expected doses of FedSpeak. None of that will attract much attention. Instead expect “all Trump, all the time”. The slant in financial media will be the implications for investors. As we get news of the leadership transition, I expect […]

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