Alone With My Thoughts

Alone With My Thoughts2021-10-19T10:49:37-04:00

Fly Eagles Fly



It has been a good month for Philadelphia…Not only are the Eagles vying to be in the NFC championship game but the Philadelphia Exchange indices are leading the way in the market. Look at the PHLX Gold/Silver index up 12% year to date, PHLX Semiconductor index up 10%, and the PHLX KBW Bank index up 6%. A late day rally on Friday has helped give stocks a nice run to start the year and three positive weeks for the Nasdaq.

To quote two of our most famous traders from the Philly exchange (by way of the movie, Trading Places) Louis Winthorpe III “Looking good, Billy Ray.”  Billy Ray Valentine “Feeling good, Louis.”

Data as of the close of business 1/20/23.


January 25, 2023|

There is Always A Bull Market Somewhere


With stocks and fixed income both in the red this year, we continue to remind people that “there is always a bull market somewhere”, making the case for a diversified portfolio.  2022 to date has certainly tested the resolve of investors, the classic 60-40 stocks to bonds allocation model is suffering its worst performance since the Great Depression, currently down about 18%.  We have had some re-assuring good news in several stocks that many of our clients own (full disclosure).  For example, a huge spike in energy costs has lifted Chevron up 56% year to date.  In the arena of health and bio-tech, Regeneron just recently had the first FDA approval for an eczema treatment (Dupixent)for adults.  The stock is up 17%  this year.  With the attention and funding going into infrastructure projects, combined with high crop prices, John Deere has managed a 15% increase this year.  Finally, as the Fed combats inflation with higher interest rates, regional bank NBT is up close to 24%.  The point is, stocks move with the market in both bull and bear markets, but having a diversified portfolio with investments that don’t always correlate with these moves can help mitigate the risks.

Performance data as of 11/4/2022. Past Performance is no guarantee of future results.

November 8, 2022|

Alone With My Thoughts – 08/15/2022

The definition of a bear market is pretty straight forward…a 20% drop over 2+ months from previous highs. That is what we are in and there have been only 3 bear occurrences since 2000, with one of them lasting just 33 days (2020). (Technically, the Nasdaq market has now entered bull market territory, having rebounded 20% higher than its recent low). The idea of being in a recession appears to come with a bit more debate…is it two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, or a combination of negative growth, high inflation, and an increase in unemployment. While we wait for the bureaucrats to argue the definition, let’s consider two things, one, once they label a recession, we are probably on our way out of it, and two, recessions should be viewed with respect to their level of magnitude. With a strong jobs report and now a cooling of inflation from recent highs, the economy appears to be hanging in there. If the recession remains mild, and inflation tempers, that could be the definition of a recovering stock market.

August 15, 2022|

Alone With My Thoughts – 12/29/2021

Happy New Calendar Year

It is time to flip the calendar on another year and also to reflect on what has been a very impressive market in 2021. Speaking of markets and calendars, the total return on the S&P 500 (the 500 largest US companies) has been quite impressive for the past 95 years, or dating back to 1926. Think about this, over this period we have seen countless historical events…wars, depressions, recessions, embargoes, financial crisis’s, and throw in a pandemic, yet the market has still had a 10.3% average annual return. Remarkable. Even more remarkable, over these 95 years we have only seen seven calendar years where the market is down by 14% or more, just seven. On the flip side we have seen 48 years (more than half) up 14% or more. We cannot predict the future but we can use the odds to our advantage. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2022!

(research source Ibbotson Associates)

January 3, 2022|

Alone With My Thoughts – 12/14/2021

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the value of tax-loss harvesting is quite impressive. Tax loss harvesting is basically managing long and short term gains to the investors advantage. Using someone in the 25% income tax bracket, their studies show that in a strong market, managing taxable gains and losses can add 1.1 to 1.42% to annual returns. Even more impressive, during significant downturns when the S&P is negative, this harvesting can add about 3.21% to yearly performance. So whether the market has been naughty or nice, tax management can be a gift to returns.

December 14, 2021|

Alone With My Thoughts – 10/15/2021

Thanks to Kevin Caron at we get to consider this…Back to the old Buttonwood tree in NYC in 1790, when the value of stocks were first calculated, it took over 200 years  for the US stock market to top $16 trillion in value.  Based on today’s current value, we have risen by $16 trillion in market value since the pandemic BEGAN.  A recession and health crisis that produced a $16 trillion gain in value, go figure.  One, it shows the law of large numbers and too, it may be pointing to some inflation momentum in financial assets.  Speaking of inflation, again this past week, Janet Yellen stuck with her premise that we are in a “transitory” period of higher prices, yet today social security payments were adjusted higher by almost 6%.  Social security payments do not go lower so the only thing transitory is the money leaving your pockets.

October 19, 2021|
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