In a Nutshell
- Recession fears prompted the worst quarterly and annual performance for stocks since 2011
- Gold and bonds offered less than their usual support
- 2018 will be remembered as a year of poor performance across all major asset classes
Whenever we get into a market correction that includes a couple days of significant market declines like last Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 10 & 11, 2018), it can be worrying. This is especially true when recent stock darlings like Apple, Amazon and Netflix lead the way down and even “safe” assets like U.S. Treasuries lose value as well. Human nature dictates that we need to know why something is happening so we flip over to Fox Business and CNBC. As usual, they are never at a loss to give us a number of reasons to be worried. This time the theories include potentially rising inflation, the Fed raising rates too fast and so choking off growth, trade disputes with China getting worse, and markets overvalued.
Regardless of the reasons, does the recent turbulence mean the bull market is coming to an end? [Read more…] about Latest Market Drop – Time for Concern?
Today, October 19, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of ‘Black Monday’. On that fateful day in 1987 the Dow Jones Industrial Average, aka the Dow, had its worst single day drop in history. By the time the closing bell mercifully sounded at 4 p.m. the market had lost 508 points or 22.6% of its value. In our world today with the Dow at 23,000, that’s equivalent to a 5,100 point drop. [Read more…] about The Day Godzilla Came to Wall Street