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Market Update: It's Always the Unknowns

Well, this past quarter was not in the 2022 roadmap! In last quarter’s market update, I outlined three potential market villains for the year: 1. A Covid Return 2. Inflation 3. Rising Interest Rates. Little did I know, a real world Bond Villain (Putin) would be the catalyst for most of the market's headwinds this year. Frankly, that is the way these things go: THE UNKNOWN IS ALWAYS THE PROBLEM. The market and its participants were just as aware of the three headline risks I assessed and, therefore, those risks were already priced into the market.

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Quarter 4 Market Update- A New Year Holds Familiar and New Challenges

The first season of a great television series is often hard to top. The excitement of a new plot, meeting the major characters, and understanding the themes of the show means that every subsequent season will be compared to the first. Well, if 2020 was season one of the pandemic 2021 was the promising albeit repetitive second season. The stock market was great for investors in seasons one and two (more on that in a minute), but the cast of villains had some changeover.

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2021 Second Quarter Market Update- Let's Talk About Inflation

Following an explosive 9 month run, small cap stocks slowed their pace of growth allowing large cap stocks to nearly close the gap for the year. Meanwhile, international markets underperformed U.S. markets. This is not surprising. To many other nations, the U.S has had a fairly productive vaccine rollout and therefore many components of the U.S. economy are back to a semblance of normalcy. As international stocks become even cheaper (relative to U.S. stocks), at some point that may present investors with an opportunity.

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Why it is better to lose small than win big

Imagine this: the year is 2014 and your diversified investment portfolio is earning a measly 7% while your neighbor Joe’s S&P 500 index is up over 14%(1). As if that wasn’t enough, Dianne, across the street made a risky decision to buy airline stocks and she’s all but doubled her investment (2)! So what gives? You’ve hired a financial advisor, and they don’t seem to be keeping up. This is the plight of many investors, but when is the last time Joe and Dianne came to your door to tell you about their big loss?

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