Deborah Bell

Gravel Road Investing

In blue skies and open highways, flimsy city sedans might cruise along just as well as sturdier sports utility vehicles.  But the real test occurs when the road conditions deteriorate.

Structuring an appropriate portfolio involves similar decisions.  You need an allocation that can withstand a range of investment climates while being mindful of fees and taxes.

2016 MARKET REVIEW

IN 2016, the US market reached new highs and stocks in a majority of developed and emerging market countries delivered positive returns.  The year began with anxiety over China's stock market and economy, falling oil prices, a potential US recession, and negative interest rates in Japan.   US equity markets were in steep decline and had the worst start of any year on record.&

Prediction Season

No one controls how capital markets behave.  But investors can control how they participate in those markets

Knowing where your investments returns come from and how your portfolio is designed, managed and executed helps you understand the range of possible return.

THE POWER OF MARKETS

THE POWER OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

GOLD REVISITED

DO YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO BUY GOLD?

                     REALLY!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Wine Lovers' Guide to Investing

Savoring a vintage wine is one of life's great pleasures.  But often overlooked in the joy of consumption is the carefully calibrated journey from grape to glass.  Similar levels of care are critical to good investment outcomes.

WHY SHOULD YOU DIVERSIFY ?

March 2016

UPTICK - Markets Enjoy the Best Week of 2016

"SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO ?"

Stocks enjoyed their best week of the year as markets processed some actual good news and turned their attention ( or least one eye ) away from oil.  We witnessed a solid bounce from the recent over-sold conditions as stocks actually rallied about 6% from last week's lows.

CRUDE OIL AND FINANCIAL MARKETS

When many people ask about the relation between oil prices and the stock market, they are specifically asking whether falling oil prices are able to predict declines in the stock market.  To examine this issue, it is necessary to look at the relation between previous oil price changes and subsequent market returns.  Looking at the period 1986-2015, we calculated average monthly stock

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

January's massive volatility is reminiscent of a story Warren  Buffett told at his Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in 1992.  He made these comments.  As you read them, please consider how much they resonate today.

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