Technology and Internet retail companies have largely driven the S&P 500’s run. These stocks, while not yet at the sky-high valuations that prevailed in 1999-2000, are now far from cheap. To protect against the pullbacks history tells us is common, we're adding a hedge to the Portfolio.
Passive management works for some people some of the time. Recognizing how and when it doesn’t work is key for downside protection and proper investment allocation. Plus, we end with an update on two of our portfolio holdings.
With little sign the US is headed for recession by the middle of next year, there’s more upside for stocks this cycle. It’s dangerous to sell out too soon and miss out on the final months of the bull market.
Although the S&P 500 appears overdue for a pullback of at least 5 to 10 percent, we remain bullish on select financial stocks and would regard any correction as an opportunity to accumulate our favorites.
Investor talk has turned against the Trump Trade, and for all the wrong reasons. While a market correction is due, look to the sectors that did well during the post-election period to perform well–making pullbacks an opportunity to buy.
Incoming data reinforce our take that the US economy has strengthened. But technical warning signs and policy concerns mean investors who invest in specific stocks and not the broader market have a better chance of outperforming.
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