Loose Lips Sink Ships Market Update for December 5, 2018

It is World War II. There is a popular sentiment and preference for military servicemen to avoid chatter that might give away tactical war plans. Literally, such unguarded conversation could tip off the enemy and result in the sinking of ships. The etymology of this idiom, “Loose lips sink ships”, is more broadly applied to the concept of “beware of …

Rudderless Markets? Market Update for November 21, 2018

The S&P 500 sold off again on November 20th, bringing it into negative territory for the year. The markets feel rudderless. Deckhands who have been used to continuously increasing markets are wondering which way we are now sailing. Let’s look at the seascape that is generating increased volatility and negative market returns. Tariff & Trade Wars – Markets are concerned …

Santa Claus’s Turbulent Ride? Market Update for December 6, 2017

Santa Claus’s Turbulent Ride? As politicians jockey for a final tax package and a potential government shut-down looms, will the traditional December Santa Claus rally for stocks get entangled? FISCAL BRINKMANSHIP IS ON THE RISE You thought fiscal brinksmanship was all over? Guess again. It’s actually on the rise. Congress needs to address budget issues by the end of this …