We have to play the cards we’re dealt. Like it or not, this is the environment we’re forced to invest in, but only if you want to. You don’t have to invest. Cash has been a viable option for 6 months. It’s worked out great. Most stocks, sectors, US and International Indexes are still below their January 2018 highs. I can give you the exact numbers like we provide for our Institutional Customers, but just take my word for it. It’s not even close. We’ve been in a 14-month sideways range, or downtrend, depending on who you ask. Either way, it’s not an uptrend for most stocks.
Now, this 14-month nothing burger comes within the context of a major bull market in stocks, that arguably started in 2016. After a monster run throughout 2016 and 2017, the stock market, both U.S. and abroad, has consolidated those gains. It seems perfectly normal, and well deserved, if you ask me. [Read more…]