Quarterly Market Commentary
It is said that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that goes for monetary tides as well. Watching the market every day, this is exactly what it has felt like; stocks just want to go up...fundamentals be damned.
Empirical Support for Tail Risk Strategies
The conventional wisdom is that put options are too expensive to use as “tail risk” insurance against extreme losses in equities. But reports earlier this year of their spectacular success in a fund advised by Nassim Nicholas Taleb prompted me to evaluate whether investors should use them.
U.S. Workforce: May 2020 Update
We've updated our monthly workforce analysis to include Thursday's Employment Report for June. The unemployment fell to 11.1%, and the number of new nonfarm jobs (a relatively volatile number subject to extensive revisions) came in at 4.8M.
Stocks Disconnected from Reality? Here's Why Valuations Are Still Rational
It’s hard to recall a more confusing quarter for investors. While economic data plumbed depression-level depths for most of the past three months, equity markets rallied heavily. This odd juxtaposition led many to opine that markets had disconnected entirely from the economy. We disagree.
The Latest Look at the Total Return Roller Coaster
Here's an interesting set of charts that will especially resonate with those of us who follow economic and market cycles. Imagine that five years ago you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500. How much would it be worth today, with dividends reinvested but adjusted for inflation? The purchasing power of your investment has increased to $15,442 for an annualized real return of 8.72%.
Strategies for Managing Post-Retirement Bracket Creep
Those who have been methodically and faithfully contributing as much as they can to traditional IRAs, 401Ks, and other tax-favored plans, can find themselves in a higher tax bracket in retirement once their RMDs kick in.
The Medicare Conversation That Leads to Planning Opportunities
After years working with those age 65-plus in their transition to the Medicare system, I’ll share some ideas and tips that will lead to some great conversations between you and your clients – and, likely some added revenue for your practice.
Modern Monetary Muddle
Incredible as it may sound to nearly all observers – once they learn what MMT says – its basic economic tenets are agreed to by most knowledgeable economists. The dispute is not really over its core economic model; it is over fears of its perceived political implications.