February 7th, 2019 by Joe Mallen
The fourth quarter was brutal for the markets, and while you may want to put those challenges in the rear-view mirror, the primary drivers that caused the drastic market fall at the end of last year are still incredibly relevant right now:
Studying to Be an Advisor? Best Not to Skip Psychology 101
January 14th, 2019
JANUARY 14, 2019 • GEORGE YACIK
Advisors usually take lots of finance courses in college to prepare for their careers, but there are lots of non-financial subjects that also come in handy, especially when it comes to handling clients.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, many financial advisors says psychology and sociology are subject areas that pay dividends throughout their careers. Click to Read More
December 20th, 2018 by Joe Mallen
Math Men on the Markets: Interest rates are currently top of mind for advisors, but why do they matter? Chris and Joe break it down in a simple and easy-to-understand way. With a lot of attention on the Federal Reserve getting rates back to “neutral,” Chris and Joe define what this means and why it’s important in the context of today’s market environment.
Time to Un-Friend the Market?
December 19th, 2018
Article from ETF Trends:
Have you ever reconnected with an old friend only to realize you have no clue who they are anymore? That’s how most investors feel about the market right now; an old friend has turned to a perfect stranger. Or has it? From mid-2016 until September of this year, the S&P500 mostly consisted of small and consistent daily gains; now it has emerged as a cluster of volatility which frequently posts 2% up and down days back-to-back. Read Full Article in ETF Trends
December 14th, 2018 by Joe Mallen
There has been a lot of chatter in recent weeks about the potential for a looming recession, as the market sell-off and new lows for stocks incite panic. Market analysts have long pointed to a flattening yield curve as a telltale sign of a forthcoming recession. It’s true the yield curve is flattening right now, but does that mean a recession is imminent? Not quite.
December 1st, 2018 by Chris Shuba
For fund managers, this requires careful reflection on how to design the products that advisors and investors want to buy. Making this simple evaluation can yield significant business opportunities. Demand is rising for cost-efficient and sophisticated strategies.
November 30th, 2018
For U.S. stocks, 2018 will go down as unusually volatile, with investors enduring not one, but two corrections — declines of at least 10% from a recent high. Unknowns remain, including whether the S&P 500 can hold on to year-to-date gains in December’s 20 trading days.
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November 20th, 2018 by Chris Shuba
I think basketball is a pretty easy game. Simply put, you put the ball in the basket as many times as you can until the game is over. It makes logical sense that to increase your chance of winning, you want to take as many layups as you can while minimizing your three-point shots, simply because you have a higher chance of making a layup and thus scoring more points to win. If the high-percentage layup isn’t an available shot, then you move further away from the basket until a shot can be taken.
November 7th, 2018 by Joe Mallen
Recent market volatility has been driving the headlines with the October pullback exceeding 7 percent and inciting some anxiety among individual investors. While this is a natural reaction, it’s vital for investors to remember there’s no need to panic. Markets will fluctuate, and it’s not unusual for 5 to 10 percent pullbacks to occur.
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