Second Quarter Market Review 2017

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic.

Global Diversification

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

Some people believe diversification stops at our country’s borders. They believe US companies provide enough diversification. However, the data below shows that portfolios invested only in the US are increasingly missing out on many global investment opportunities. Making a prediction about a single country may bear more risk than taking a more globally diversified approach. “In God we trust; all others bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming

Diversification For Uncertain Times

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

It is always an interesting time to be an investor. As we have discussed previously, people reading the investment news every day without the knowledge of some simple investment principles would be very overwhelmed. The investment jargon, fancy charts, and emotional wording can cause an investor’s blood pressure to rise quickly. It is fascinating to read about today’s investment world being especially “volatile”, “uncertain”, “risky”, and “unpredictable”. In our opinion, these words could describe markets every day.

First Quarter Market Review 2017

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the last quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic.

2016 Market Review

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

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…

Year in Review

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

Nothing takes you away from dwelling in the past or agonizing about the future like living in the present” – Roy T Bennett, The Light in the Heart. As we bring another calendar year to a close, we look back at what a year it has been. It is important to reflect and to learn from the past. In reflection, we are often amazed at the events that we experienced and how much different they were then we might have expected. This reflection process is where knowledge is truly gained. Knowing the power of hindsight bias allows us to better …

Investment Plans and Rain Delays

Maggie Mayer Portfolio Management

“The reason our ideas haven’t spread faster is they’re too simple” – Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Investment philosophies can be as simple or complex as investors want them to be. Many investors believe that the more complex the structure or plan, the more valuable it must be. History is full of examples proving this belief to be wrong. Unfortunately, financial institutions are well aware of these investor beliefs so they have marketed complex products and services. Maybe they will work or maybe they will not. Either way, investments typically do not move in one direction all the …

The Stock Market and Presidential Elections

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Dear Valued Clients and Friends: Every four years we field questions about the possible effect of a presidential election on stock returns. This is understandable as presidential elections tend to bring out uncertainties that fuel discussions and this year’s election holds far more uncertainty than the norm. So, with the election a few short weeks away, we thought it would be interesting to look at the historical relationship between the stock market and presidential elections. But it is well worth noting at the start, while it may be interesting (even fun) to discuss whether one party or the other is …