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 …

Trade Tariff Talk Tantrums Market Update for June 18, 2018

TRADE TARIFF TALK TANTRUMS Here we are again. We are in trade tariff talk tantrums with Canada, Mexico, Europe and China. Some of these tariffs have been implemented and others appear imminent. This begs the question, what are these tariffs anyway? What should I do about them? And, how impactful might they be. For those who did not read our …

Tariffs, Trade Wars, and the Stock Market Tumble Market Update for March 23, 2018

“Everybody talks about tariffs as the first thing. Tariffs are the last thing. Tariffs are part of the negotiation. The real trick is going to be increase American exports. Get rid of some of the tariff and non-tariff barriers to American exports.” – Wilbur Ross U.S. Secretary of Commerce (Nov 30, 2016) WHAT IS GIVEN CAN BE TAKEN AWAY In …

Panic or Don’t Panic? Market Update for February 5, 2018

DJIA Down Big – Panic or Don’t Panic? Okay, there are multiple issues that I just don’t like about this statement, yet news outlets are flashing this headline. I can already hear them tonight on the TV. First, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is not the market. It’s an index of 30 stocks. Second, the primary reason the DJIA …

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 …

Debt, Taxes, and Turkeys – Be Thankful? Market Update for November 21, 2017

Debt, Taxes, and Turkeys – Be Thankful? If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a duck, unless it is a turkey. In this issue of Reed Between the Lines, we not only highlight some fun Thanksgiving and turkey trivia, but we tackle some facts that others may want …

Harvey Interrupts Life & Labor Day! Market Update for August 31, 2017

Harvey Interrupts Life & Labor Day! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. With a death count over 30 and estimated costs already exceeding Hurricane Katrina (the National Flood Insurance Program), it is important to unite and think of others as we enter our Labor Day weekend. HURRICANE HARVEY – MARKET …

Scared of Heights and Cliffhangers? Market Update for August 14, 2017

Scared of Heights and Cliffhangers? Last week, my family and I hiked Mt. Sneffels, a Colorado 14er – a term used for a 14,000 foot mountain. A view from 14,150 feet may look beautiful, but it can be scary, particularly if the environment changes. It’s a little like the markets: it might look good now, but what if things go …

Are You Biased? Why You Might Miss Opportunity Market Update for July 24, 2017

How Biased Are You? Bulls and Bears have wrestled over the impact of political uncertainty, but global economic expansion has dictated the winners so far this year. On a related note, are you wrestling with your own biases preventing you from seeing opportunities elsewhere? MARKET RECAP Global equity markets finished positive for the week, remaining at or near all-time highs, …

What You May Not Know About Populism & July 4th Market Update for July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July! Our founding fathers had great insight, but comically overlooked bringing a pen to the signing event. On a serious note, whose autograph is most prominent on the Declaration of Independence? Read to the end to find out. MARKET RECAP This week saw the return of volatility to markets spurred by comments from central bankers. Particularly, European …