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Stocks And Bonds On Pace For 3rd Consecutive Negative Quarter Of the 187 quarters since 1976, there has never been a period that has seen negative quarterly returns for both stocks and bonds three quarters in a row. Should the S&P 500 close below 3,785 today, this will occur. Negative returns for both stocks and bonds are more often than not associated with recessions which are looking more and more likely these days. S&P 500 Sees Its Most Volatile Half Since 2009 My colleague, Todd… View More

We are in a Bear Market and have invested appropriately for our clients

We had been bullish on stocks all the way back to March 2009, when mark-to market accounting was fixed and the Financial Panic started to recede. At that time the S&P 500 traded as low as 666. What a time to buy! After that we remained bullish. We didn’t recommend selling in spite of a wide range of fears that spooked many others, including the Great Recession lasting through 2010, a double-dip recession, a second wave of home foreclosures, an implosion in commercial real estate, the pass… View More


Midterm election years have historically been the most volatile year for stocks in the four-year presidential cycle. The average intra-year decline for the S&P 500 in a midterm election year is 19 percent, much higher than the 12-13 percent average in the first, third, and fourth years of the cycle. We would argue that monetary policy is generally tighter in a midterm election year and presidents pursue anti-growth policies to rally their bases. Today’s equity market fits the historical pa… View More


Numbers do not lie, and the inflation numbers for August were released this morning. Today’s Inflation (CPI) numbers show Inflation in August went up from the previous month. The market is selling off today because the bond market is adjusting to the prospect of the Federal Reserve raising rates at their next meeting by at least 75bps. With inflation at these levels, the FED will need to continue to raise rates to stem off inflation making the prospects of a soft landing fade. The U.S. CPI ro… View More

Crosscurrents in Both Directions Continue to Lead to Sideways Chop

U.S. equities rallied this week (S&P 500 +3.7%) to break three-straight weekly declines. The gains were driven by factors including oversold conditions, some more traction in the peak-inflation narrative, and firmer labor market data. Treasuries sold off sharply with the curve flattening. Best sectors were consumer discretionary (+5.6%) and materials (+5.0%); worst sectors were energy (+0.7%) and consumer staples (+1.9%). Source: Bob Doll Chief Investment Officer Crossmark Investments C… View More

Corporate Earnings still look strong in 2023

2023 Earnings Decline Paused For Now After falling roughly $9 during the 2Q reporting season, the 2023 earnings estimate has stabilized at approximately $243.50, with 2023 earnings growth expected to be about 8%. However, we continue to believe that earnings estimates for 2023 are too high, and expectations will once again be revised down during the 3Q reporting season. Financials & Discretionary Expected To Increase Their Contribution In 2023 Considering the sector contributions for 20… View More

Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Contributes to Market Selloff

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,000 points last Friday, caused apparently by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s attempt to use a brief speech to channel the ghost of Paul Volcker. Obviously, this was part of the market’s worries, but the stage was set when the Biden Administration announced a student loan forgiveness program last week. The more we learn about this, the worse it looks. The executive order would send an already very bad student loan system – a system designed mo… View More

Weekend Reading: Investors Have Been Conditioned to Think in V-Shaped Terms

Consistent with the frenetic pace of modern life, a technology-inspired need to achieve instant gratification, and virtually endless amounts of free money, it is difficult for all of us as investors to have the patience to allow economic developments to play out over time. In our defense, who could blame us? Fed tightening in late 2018 led to a brutal sell-off in stocks before Christmas. Two weeks later, Chairman Powell might as well have brought chocolate and flowers to the floor of the New Yor… View More

Volatile Churn and Choppiness to Persist

Equities were sharply lower last week with the S&P -4.0%, its worst week in ten. Friday’s Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech was the catalyst for the significant Friday decline as he signaled that the Fed is willing to risk recession to lower inflation. Best performers were energy (+4.3%), materials (-1.3%) and utilities (-2.6%). Worst sectors were technology (-5.6%), communication services (-4.8%) and consumer discretionary (-4.7%). We recognize that we send out a lot of material. … View More

Is The Rally Running Out Of Steam?

Equities declined last week (S&P 500 -1.2%) with the bulk of the decline coming toward the end of the week. The decline came after four straight weeks of gain. Downside occurred due to Fed commentary indicating determination to fight inflation and therefore more rate increases. Downward earnings revisions and stretched valuations were also of concern. Best sectors were consumer staples (+2.0%), utilities (+1.3%) and energy (+1.3%). Biggest decliners included communication services (-3.3%), m… View More

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