Category: Equities

Does the S&P Need Higher Oil?

Crude Oil is crashing again, down 36% from its high in early October. With the S&P 500 moving lower in tandem during October (11% correction), part of the blame was placed on lower Oil prices. If only Oil prices had not collapsed, some pundits argued, stocks would be hitting new highs. How accurate is this […]

From Greed to Fear

“Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett Greed and Fear. One of the fascinating things about markets is how quickly investors […]

The 5 Kinds of Bounces

In a little over a month, the S&P 500 has declined more than 11%, giving back all of its gains on the year. This is the largest decline since … well, earlier this year. Corrections in markets are the norm, not the exception. Since March 2009, there have been 23 of them… That said, all […]

Fear is in the air again. Over the past few weeks, the S&P 500, Dow, and Russell 2000 have given back all of their gains on the year. Note: Index price returns, does not include dividends. Meanwhile, international indices have fared much worse, with the average country ETF down 14% year-to-date. Note: Total return, in U.S. […]

Why Are Stocks Going Down?

Stocks are falling and you want to know why. You’re not alone; we all do. Our need to explain things is innate. A random walk down Wall Street simply doesn’t suffice. We want something more tangible, something in the news, something non-random. There are no shortage of explanations for the recent decline. Take your pick: […]