2017 Annual Investment Report

 

The bull market continued for another year, causing market indices to soar to new heights over and over again and—ominously—also pushing valuations further beyond the long-term averages.A breakdown shows that just about everything gained in 2017. The Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index—the broadest measure of U.S. stocks—rose 6.39% for the 4th quarter, finishing the […]

Index Churning

 

Most people think of the major stock indexes as a stand-in for a certain sector or category. The S&P 500 represents large companies, the Russell 2000 tells you what small capitalization stocks are doing, and the Dow represents broad economic sectors. Look at tables showing the return of these indices over decades of time, […]

2015 Investment Report: Dare to Believe?

 

Looking back on 2014, people are going to say it was a great year to be an investor. They won’t remember how uncertain the journey felt right up to the last day of a year that saw the S&P 500 close at a record level on 53 different days. Think back over a good […]

Losses Do Matter

 

Everybody who told us that the steep market drops earlier this month wouldn’t last can rightly claim they’re right. When the S&P 500 was down 7.4% during a two-week selloff, there was no way to know whether we’d have to endure more of the same. Staying the course turned out to be exactly the […]