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Slow Ride - November 28, 2018

Strong economic growth has given way to a hiccup in the current quarter.

  • Housing sales and housing starts are off the peak (U.S. Census, NAR).

  • Weekly jobless claims, a reliable leading indicator, remain low but has ticked higher (Dept of Labor).

  • A slowdown in global economic growth appears set to create headwinds for U.S. exports.

  • Trade tensions are adding to the uncertain mood.

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Happy Thanksgiving! - November 21, 2018

Our office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday as we give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives--among those blessings are our clients.

We thank you for your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. We are eternally grateful for the pleasure of serving you and meeting your investment needs.

From all of us at Loveless Wealth Management, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day! We will resume our normal operating hours on Monday, November 26th.

Oil Spill, Redux - November 19, 2018

On October 3rd, the price of WTI crude oil5 rose to $76.24 per barrel, the highest in four years (Market Watch). By last Friday, the price had dropped 26% to $56.46. Included in the steep selloff was a decline that lasted a record-setting 12-straight days (WSJ), culminating in a 7% selloff on Tuesday.

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Red White and Blue - November 12, 2018

Some of us voted red, and some of us voted blue. So many things make the USA a great nation. Among others, our right to vote and exercising that right makes us all red, white, and blue.

There are many reasons why we choose our respective candidates. I won’t delve into the specifics. My job is to interpret various events through a very narrow lens – through the prism of an investor.

The question that typically arises following an election – how will the results impact the market? How might a change in leadership affect my portfolio?

The graphic below reviews various scenarios. For example, between 1928 – 2017 a Republican president has sat opposite a divided Congress for seven years. That is the situation we’ll be facing next year. The average annual return for the S&P 500 Index, including reinvested dividends, has been 12.0%.

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