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Warning Shot!


Last October, we published an article highlighting that we are officially in the late stages of the economic cycle.   We emphasized that while we expected volatility to continue, we believe the volatility is normal given that late stage economies are generally tainted by central bank and government policy decisions - creating uncertainty in the markets. 

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Stock Market Cycles

We’ve said for many years that the stock market, like most things in life, runs in cycles.  There are times (such as 2009) when stocks get cheap and our indicators tell us it’s time to be more aggressive.  Other times, we believe it is time to be more conservative and concentrate on preservation of capital.  While we’re far from panic mode when it comes to the stock market, I present the following two charts from Ned Davis Research that indicate we may be closer to the latter.

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2019 Financial Forecast: What’s Next for the Financial Markets?

 



Pinnacle Trust recently held our 2019 Financial Forecast, “What’s Next for the Financial Markets”.  We welcomed special guest speaker John Tousley, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management.The presentation also featured members of Pinnacle Trust’s Investment Management Unit.
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A Quick Note On Today's Election

In theory, there are four possible outcomes for today’s elections: a Republican sweep, a Democrat sweep, a Democrat Senate and a Republican House or a Republican Senate and a Democrat House.

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I Love October... Most Years

I love October. The fall season finally arrives in Mississippi, the PGA Tour comes to Jackson and most importantly, baseball fans around the world get to celebrate two weeks of the great Fall Classic (World Series if you are not a baseball fan… and this year was a great one).  Unfortunately, this October has been dominated by financial market chaos.   What is going on?

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Davis Receives Distinguished Award

 

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Thoughts on Financial Markets (and Other Stuff)

Ten-Year Anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ Collapse

September marks the tenth anniversary of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the largest in U.S. history.  The stock market plunged as the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost one-quarter of its value over the following four weeks.  While our economy is currently on solid ground and our Investment Management Unit is mildly optimistic at this point, remember that a drop in stocks could happen at any time.  Make sure you understand how your portfolio is allocated and your risk tolerance is appropriate.  We all want to make as much money as we can, but we need to do so within a risk structure that we can tolerate.

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The Story on International Equities

I have heard some questions about the recent “trade war” and its effect on international equities.  We still remain bullish on international and emerging market equities in the long term. We still believe that they have a longer runway than US equities.

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A REAL Bull Market?

As calendar year 2016 came to an end, we highlighted that the U.S. equity market was at a crossroads.   After six consecutive quarters of negative corporate earnings growth,  Q3:16 and Q4:16 were not only positive, but Wall Street announced that it expected a shocking 11.6% corporate earnings growth rate during the 2017 calendar year.   Simply put, 2017 was going to validate the (valuation expansion driven) equity bull market or be the catalyst for the inevitable correction.  

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Volatility is Back

The Return of Volatility and the Importance of Having a Plan

Volatility is back.  After a significant upswing during January, stocks have given back this year’s gains, plus a little.  Each decline since February 5 has come with less selling pressure; generally a bullish sign. But the upside follow through has been absent.

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