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Mark Luschini shared his 2023 Market and Investment Outlook
What a treat to have our firm’s Chief Investment Strategist
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January 2023 - Quarterly update
As I begin my 29th year as a Financial Advisor, it still amazes me how much emphasis is put on NEW YEAR predictions.  It might be a “feel good” moment when one sees a large firm predict the market being up 10% or more, yet these predictions are rarely right…like the weatherman. In fact, last year, all of the large firm market forecasts were wrong.  Last year, I suggested in January we were due for a tough year and that bear markets or corrections are healthy and happen every so often. S&P 500 down nearly 20% and Bonds down nearly 15% for 2022.  It was one of those rare years where both bonds and stocks were down. The good news for 2023 is that bonds now yield over 4% and will provide a nice dividend going forward. The stock market, however, has more potential volatility ahead and is tough to call in the next 6 months. I believe we will have more clarity on this recession and the FED over the next quarter or two.   Our team continues to diversify our clients for long term, with a focus on dividends. We continue to keep liquidity a priority for our retired clients so they can continue their active lifestyle into 2023. Thanks for your confidence and here is the summary on the numbers: Annual Summary 2022SWM news:In December, we refreshed and updated our website. Besides our quarterly update, check out the “what we do” area (perfect for client introductions) and our “recent updates” section which contains timely educational articles and whitepapers.  Here is our new team picture (don’t we look younger???).Jeff is enjoying more free time, with both kids in college, golfing/visiting family/hawks games. Here is a snapshot from their visit during the holidays.Allison had a blast celebrating Christmas with her family. All of her kids were very happy!The McKane family has been busy this fall. Hughes started playing NYO tee-ball and soccer and Ridley continued to participate in Tophat soccer and played some basketball. Kevin and Meg rang in the New Year by attending the UGA win over Ohio State….Go Dawgs!!
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October 2022 - Quarterly update
Unfortunately, these “bear” markets take time to get through (they don’t last as long as bulls) and the Fed continues it’s focus on stomping out inflation (and the economy with it). Watching the markets daily or weekly is no longer a pastime or hobby and could only influence one to make detrimental moves that could impact one’s financial game plan and/or performance long term. Those who say they know where the market and economy are going in the next 6 months are guessing. We continue to take advantage of tax swaps and higher rates for portfolios and new deposits. One positive, we have rates around 4-5% again which is nice when you are retired or sitting on cash!. Thanks to those who have helped us meet several new clients this year who have recently retired, sold their business, or inherited monies. We want to help those who need advice in this volatile market, so keep them coming!See attached for more detail on this weak quarter: Quarterly UpdateSWM news:Jeff and his family had an enjoyable summer with a visit to Montana for some golf and fishing.  He also moved his youngest, Palmer into college at the University of Tennessee.  Onto empty nesting….Allison went down to Florida with her husband and, 2, of her 3 boys for Fall Break to visit Epcot at Disney World. She’s pictured here with her 2 boys in front of Epcot.Kevin, Meg, Ridley(6) & Hughes(4) enjoyed some time in Destin 30A, Florida in July
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July 2022 - Quarterly update
A first half and quarter to forget and the worst since 1970…when I was born. Recall, here was my message in January; “What a year was had by our investors and portfolios in 2021 and again another double digit increase in the S&P 500. We all need to celebrate but remember these times and the profit-padding we’ve built when the markets inevitably have a downturn.” Unfortunately, the times have changed rather quickly, and we are in the midst of a recession or at least the market is telling us. With the Fed raising rates, we will continue to look for opportunities in fixed income and tax swaps in all areas of our portfolios. As I suggested last year, these are the times where watching the market weekly or daily, VERSUS referring periodically to the financial game plan we’ve constructed for you, can hamper your long term success. Thanks for your trust and patience in this historic time.   See the attached for more detail on the quarter: Quarterly Market ReviewSWM News:Allison took her youngest (Quin, age 7) on his first trip to NYC. He was very happy to visit “the big city” and keeps asking to go back. Kevin’s daughter Ridley made the Championship swim team (as the youngest swimmer!) and helped lead the Capital City Waves to a victory in both the 100-yard freestyle relay and overall Championship meet! Jeff enjoyed his first trip to Italy for his birthday. And in May, his son, Palmer, finished 3rd in the state in the long jump in his final senior season. 
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April 2022 - Quarterly update
Wow, how quickly things can change and after nearly 30 years advising clients, not much surprises me anymore. As I mentioned that last 2 quarters, the good times of easy gains were bound to come to a pause and my it did in the first quarter. Market volatility picked up sharply in Q1 as investors digested a range of risks, from the COVID omicron wave to the Fed’s monetary policy rate hikes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and related energy price spikes. U.S. equities saw a correction of more than 10%, but rebounded somewhat in late March, with the S&P 500 ending the quarter down just 4.6% on a total return basis. The U.S. Energy sector outperformed sharply, up about 39%, as oil prices surged. The Financials sector outperformed, likely benefitting from rising interest rates, but was still down for the quarter. International stocks and Bonds suffered for the quarter.  Bonds, particularly the more conservative kind(government/investment grade quality), declined in price due to the rising 10 year treasury bond. Yields on bonds are reaching a point we have not seen since early 2019 which is what the Fed hopes will slow inflation and most likely the economy down going into the second half. As always, we will continue evaluating our portfolios and allocations to help meet our goals and find opportunities in the new market environment. Mid-term elections are around the corner and the chatter should pick up by summertime. See more on the quarter: HereSWM update:Jeff and his family enjoyed another year of skiing in Utah and Montana.  His son, Palmer, graduates high school in May. Jeff was just named again to the Forbes Best in State Wealth Advisor list.Kevin and his family ventured down to Florida for Spring Break. Kevin completed Janney’s advanced financial planning workshop this quarter.Allison and her family are looking forward to their first camping trip of the season. They are headed to Red Top Mountain State Park in Acworth, GA.  
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January 2022 - Quarterly update
What a year was had by our investors and portfolios in 2021 and again another double digit increase in the S&P 500. We all need to celebrate but remember these times and the profit-padding we’ve built when the markets inevitably have a downturn.  See attached for more detail: 2021 Market ReviewWelcome to 2022! We can’t imagine a more transformative year for America. After two years of unprecedented government actions, we are heading back to the normalcy. What that is maybe different now; Covid should be less of an issue, will people go back to work in offices, the consumer has changed. What we do know is President Biden’s increase of taxes is stalled and may not happen. The mid-term election in November might bring changes in the House and Senate (if either occur, it would mean no more tax hikes and probably gridlock). The Fed is the one to watch most closely and has their hands full. Will they raise rates and how much?  We will be monitoring all of this and more and make adjustments to our portfolios and financial plans if prudent.SWM update: Be sure to check out our newly designed website and pass onto your investor friends: www.schultzwm.com
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July 2021 - Quarterly Update
The bull market and Covid recovery continued gains in the 2nd quarter and so did our portfolios. The bond market and rates settled after a wild beginning to the year. Rates remain at historic lows and investors and institutions are calling us in search of higher yields. Our focus has changed now from economic risk and Covid to the Fed, inflation/worker shortages, and the Biden tax proposals. We continue to keep an eye on these and will tactically make adjustments in our Private Client portfolios and financial plans as this data becomes more clear. In the meantime, get out and enjoy the summer. Remember only a year ago, many were avoiding friends/relatives, bunkering at home, and wearing masks often. Our team is grateful to all the healthcare workers, vaccine scientists, and all of you! See this for more data on the quarter: Market Summary: April-June
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April 2021 - Quarterly Update
It’s all about the economy and vaccinations! These are 2 parallel themes that have guided my advice to our investors for nearly a year and, fortunately, we were and continue to be positioned for it. The first quarter of the year, the U.S. market continued its rise to new highs. But, it wasn’t the same old FAANG or so called “stay at home” stocks that worked this time. As I mentioned last year, the “dividend” achievers were mysteriously being overlooked, yet finally showed some growth in Q1. More so, the gap between growth stocks and value/dividend stocks has narrowed and some analysts say that will continue throughout this year. Additionally, International stocks look attractive still, but reopening’s are being delayed with continued covid-19 issues in Europe and Asia. Finally, for conservative bond investors this past quarter was quite a shock since rising interest rates put them in the red for the first time in years Rates still remain pretty low, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see another pop in rates by year end. See this link for more info on Q1: Market Summary: January- March News from the SWM team:Jeff is fully vaccinated and feeling relief as an asthmatic. Also, he recently donated nearly 100 meals to frontline nurses and doctors at a local Atlanta hospital Allison passed Janney’s Financial Planning series Level 1 in February Kevin and his family welcomed their new dog, Dooley, a golden retriever. Have a nice Spring! Jeff Schultz, CFP®
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Year End 2020
Friends, What a year and like you I’m happy to see 2020 go in hopes of a more normal environment in 2021. Who would have thought last January that we would have an election, a global pandemic, and chaos/rioting in the streets during 2020, yet have a market that provided exceptional returns. In fact, this was a year where bonds and stocks were both up! Growth stocks continued their outperformance of Dividend/Value but that gap narrowed in the 4th quarter. In fact, the Dow was only up 7% for theyear.30,000 was quite a milestone and something we talked about years ago as a possibility. In fact, the S&P 500 recorded nearly 30 new highs in 2020!! Remember in April though, when many thought this market would continue to dive( 1929 comments were being made/this time is different) and losses would deepen as the virus expanded. We were here re-positioning our portfolios, taking tax losses where it made sense, and just reminding many of you how strong our mix of investments were for the long term (in other words, hold on tight). We hosted 2 WebEx's and sent out weekly emails encouraging all our clients to stick to OUR plan and invest more if possible on the dip. It’s amazing when it all works out so quickly and one of the most rewarding parts of our business for me personally. I’ve now been through 3 major market corrections and recessions through my career and hope this is the last for a while. 2021, we expect corporate profits to recover, political noise to calm a bit, and interest rates to remain low in 2021: all these are tailwinds to a solid year for the economy, stock markets, and real estate. We will see about inflation…I’ll be hosting a call on Janney’s 2021 outlook soon. See the link for more info on 2020: Year Review I wish you all continued health and optimism about the vaccine into 2021. We look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2021 and getting more life out of your money!
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October 2020 - Quarterly Update
Friends, I’m thankful that all of our clients and families at Schultz Wealth Management have remained healthy through this unique time. It’s hard to believe it’s only been six months since our world changed. This past quarter, the markets continued to digest the good and poor news from Covid, the election, hurricanes, and corporate earnings. The up’s and down’s of the markets remained extreme, but earnings showed improvement and the markets responded favorably. The indexes had solid performance for the quarter. Growth-oriented companies continued to outshine value/dividend-type stocks and this gap in performance is something we are watching closely. See here for quarterly market figures: https://www.broadridgeadvisor.com/pdfservice/31565910072020_134754.SingleDoc.pdf As we head into year end, we are hopeful earnings and the economy will continue to improve. Obviously, the end of the election and any Covid vaccine could be a positive for the markets. We have continued monitoring your financial plans and allocations for any tweaks we see that might help your success. We have been quite busy helping many of you shop and review various life insurance and long term care policies. Additionally, we continue helping companies and individuals find higher yields on cash. Happy Fall and take care of yourself! Jeff Schultz, CFP® Executive Vice President/Wealth Management Financial Advisor
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July 2020 - Quarterly Update
Friends, In referring back to my commentary last quarter, this “unprecedented time” has continued, but thankfully we’ve had quite a recovery in our portfolios in the 2Q (you should look). Our investment philosophy of a mix between active “stock picking” managers and low cost index funds has continued to help our client’s meet their goals and held up nicely through the “storm.” The major indexes continue to be down for the year, something wehaven’t seen in a while, but we feel this represents an opportunity for new investments and should reward investors once this “covid” era is behind us. Besides Covid, many of you have asked about the election. As I’ve mentioned over the years, the implications of one candidate or party over another have very little effect over a market cycle. Here are some notes I found interesting for those still concerned: Bloomberg ran a story on the implications of Biden beating President Trump. It noted that some strategists have recently suggested that market sentiment about a Biden win has been too negative. JPMorgan highlighted the potential benefits of infrastructure stimulus, higher wages, dampened trade tensions and less onerous changes to corporate taxes than have been previewed. In terms of the latter, Goldman Sachs, which has estimated that Biden's tax plan could lower 2021 S&P 500 EPS by $20 a share to $150, recently pointed out that there is a good chance that any shift would be fiscally neutral and could also be phased. It also noted that a Biden administration would likely adopt a more favorable view of international institutions and alliances.” See the attached for some quarterly numbers: Market Review Take care of yourself, your family, and we will continue to do the same for your financial game plan!
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April 2020 - Quarterly Update
Needless to say this has been “unprecedented, worst” economic situation we’ve all seen. I’ll be glad if I never hear those overused words again. It’s hard to say when this will all be over, but I look forward to the hopeful day when we will all look back on this and how grateful we are for our friends and family. Obviously, our portfolios and plans have gone through a hurricane of sorts, but I believe our society will bounce back. Here are some of the numbers for the first quarter: Dow: -23%; sixth worst quarter ever after 1987 actually; S&P 500: -20%; Financials/Banks: -32%; Exxon:-46%; International/EAFE: -23%; We are getting several calls from some of your colleagues and family members who are seeking advice or planning/attention from their advisor and want our opinion. In my experience, market volatility and uncertainty has created opportunity for us to show our value in planning, as it pertains to your investments, estate/tax planning, IRA/retirement advice, social security advice, 529/education savings, and long term care/life insurance needs. Keep them coming!! SWM news: Allison has been working from home and staying healthy. She got a set up with 2 monitors (she took one from her son) and headphones, and her line rings through to her cellphone. Kevin is the lone soul in the office and is continuing his work on financial plans. With 2 young children at home, I think the office might provide him more peace…I’ve been talking to all of you for nearly 3 weeks now at home. I’ve set up an office with 3 monitors and my Airpods are getting a workout. Unfortunately, I’m in the high risk category with asthma, and am staying out of harm’s way. For some humor, take a look at this hand washing message from an ICON: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPLgsV_Ms3Q Stay well and bunkered! April 2020: https://madisoninvestments.com/assets/img/resources/EquityMarketPerformance-1Q20.pdf Past performance is not indicative of future results, and future returns are not guaranteed. There are risks associated with investing in stocks, such as a loss of original capital or a decrease in the value of your investment. This communication is provided for informational purposes only, and shall in no event be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. The information described herein is taken from sources which we believe to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of such information is not guaranteed by us. The opinions expressed herein may begiven only such weight as opinions warrant, and may differ from the opinions held or communicated by other employees of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.
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Investing in Water
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Don’t Overlook This Hidden Retirement Risk
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