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 …

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 …