Observations and Perspectives: Traditional Bonds = Risky Parachutes

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 | BY TERRI SPATH During the short nine days of trading from late January to February 8, the S&P 500 fell like a skydiver leaping out of a plane:  fast and down. In a classic flight-to-quality response, investors pulled their parachutes, socking billions into the largest ETFs tracking the widely-watched Bloomberg […]

Observations and Perspectives: Take It One Curve at a Time

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 | BY TERRI SPATH Right now I am continually inspired by the competing Olympians and I just came across an obscure and just plain crazy sport: “skeleton.” In it, thrill-seeking competitors plummet headfirst down a twisting, frozen track at speeds over 80 miles per hour. John Daly (not the golfer!) retired […]

Observations and Perspectives: Playing Whack-a-mole in Wacko Season

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 | BY TERRI SPATH A widely followed bond guru recently declared that investment markets have entered “wacko season.” Some of his reasons include bitcoin mania and also European junk bonds that yield the same as U.S. Treasuries (which would you invest in)? We do not disagree and would add to his […]

Observations and Perspectives: Passive ETF Investing & Sleepy Markets. Stay Alert!

TUESDAY JULY 18, 2017 | BY TERRI SPATH “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”, quipped Mark Twain after being told a newspaper had published his obituary when he had fallen ill. The death of active management has also been prematurely announced and is rooted in the herds of investors pouring money into […]

Observations and Perspectives: Look Out Above! Rates Are Going Up.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2017 | BY TERRI SPATH About fifty days into the new administration and the trend we have observed since July 2016 remains intact: interest rates are going up. As measured by the 10-year Treasury note, interest rates bottomed last July with a low closing post of 1.37%. Shortly thereafter, markets began to recognize […]

Observations and Perspectives: Is the Sugar High Wearing Off?

THURSDAY JANUARY 12, 2017 | BY TERRI SPATH Anticipation of lower taxes and higher infrastructure spending initially pushed investor enthusiasm and stock prices higher for several weeks following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. At the same time, a sea of change from central bank dominated markets to a […]

Observations and Perspectives: Do You Smell That?

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2016 | BY TERRI SPATH What’s that smell? No political jokes.  No celebrity ones either. That smell you smell is the faint whiff of inflation seeping into the economy. It’s also one of the big reasons for the cruel October bond selloff. Let’s be clear from the start: we are not predicting […]

Observations and Perspectives: Your Client Doesn’t Care About Standard Deviation

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 | BY TERRI SPATH All else equal, given the choice between a 10% gain or a 5% gain, most (all) investors prefer the 10%, right? A degree in math or a course in probability and statistics isn’t needed to figure that out.  Clearly, investing isn’t quite that straightforward though. Earning higher returns means […]

Observations and Perspectives: Sell Everything? Even the Kids?

THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2016 | BY TERRI SPATH A very smart investor (more than one very smart investor, actually) is saying to sell everything. These “smart guys” are very likely smarter than me. They most certainly are wealthier than I am. Some may argue they are also better looking than me. Listen, it’s hard to disagree with the logic of […]