Market Update - Smith Wealth Advisory Group
Market Update - Smith Wealth Advisory Group
2020 Year-end Reflections from Kevin Smith
2020 Year-end Reflections
The Ugliness of the Storm Determines the Beauty of the Rainbow
At the time of my last correspondence the number of Coronavirus cases and related deaths were accelerating, financial markets were reeling, and the outlook on both fronts appeared grim. The S & P 500 had declined 35% from its February 19th peak, and credit markets were facing similar stress given the implications of widespread business and economic shutdowns. We were very much in the “heart of the storm.” My message to you then was simple: “Believe in America.”
Despair to Hope in Just 11 Minutes
We encourage you to view the attached video from Brian Wesbury, a widely respected economist whose viewpoints are particularly relevant and insightful at this critical time. Given so much disinformation and fear-mongering, facts and context matter. If you want to be hopeful when it seems all hope is lost, please listen. We believe the 11 minutes will be well worth your time.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Although the effects of the Coronavirus on financial markets are well known, important facts about the virus itself and precautionary measures that can be taken are less so. Proper education eliminates uncertainty and reduces fear. Below is a link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website which can be used to answer basic questions and provide helpful steps for higher-risk individuals and populations.
See The Good
One of my favorite quotes, by Henry David Thoreau, is: “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” Although it’s natural to be concerned about the near-term financial impact from current events, Thoreau’s quote assumes more significance and relevance at this time. It has long been my belief that it’s not ultimately monetary riches, but the richness of life itself that is most meaningful.
March 9th Market Insights
Dear Friends: As you may know, I’ve always been a big fan of Warren Buffett and have quoted his sage advice and wisdom frequently throughout the years. Buffett’s success as an investor is well known, and investors are generally wise to heed his advice and follow his example.
Market Volatility 2.29.20
I hope this note finds you and your family well and in good health. As you may know, fear of the potential economic impact of the spread of the coronavirus from mainland China to other regions of the world has precipitated a broad and significant market correction. Although a little more than a week ago the major stock market averages were at all-time highs, over the past week they have experienced a precipitous double digit decline. It’s natural that you may have a number of questions and concerns, and it is my hope to potentially address some of them in this correspondence.
Believe in America. I Do.
With each passing day events are happening and conditions changing at what seems like warp speed. Just a few short weeks ago our lives were normal, financial markets were thriving, and all seemed to be well with the world - literally, and figuratively. Now, practically overnight, our worlds have been turned upside down.
September Investment Perspectives
In this issue we take a look at BRICS+ and potential investment opportunities, determine if bond market supply matters, and discuss why September is a more worrisome month for stocks than October.
Are You Incorporating Secure Act 2.0 Provisions into Your Financial Plan?
SECURE Act 2.0 is designed not only to make it easier for employers to adopt and administer retirement plans, but also to help individuals save for retirement. There are nearly 100 provisions in this new legislation. Some of these, which are in place now or will become effective in coming years, are highlighted below.
Outlook 2023: Mid-Year Update
In our initial Outlook 2023 publication, we offered a thesis around the concept of two-way risk.
How Janney Provides Simplicity and Security for Your Finances
In light of continual financial uncertainty, it’s natural to have heightened interest or concern around the security of your assets, and the specific protections Janney has in place for your account(s).
Artificial Intelligence Investment Implications
ChatGPT is the fastest-growing technology application in history and is demonstrating the powerful potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to a very diverse audience.
Here’s What You Can Do to Prevent Check Fraud
Instances of check fraud are on the rise in the U.S. Below are some best practices to help you avoid becoming a victim.