Detlef’s Interview with Chase Jarvis

Detlef’s Interview with Chase Jarvis

Detlef Schrempf touches on the importance of giving back during his interview on the Chase Jarvis Live Show. Thanks, Detlef for this great reminder to be grateful for life’s blessings and give back. The perfect sentiment and start to this holiday week.

Listen to his podcast interview here.

 

Investing in a Time of Tweets and Tariffs…

Investing in a Time of Tweets and Tariffs

By Howard Coleman, Chief Investment Officer & General Counsel 

Coldstream Chief Investment Officer & General Counsel, Howard Coleman, wrote an article for One Accord on market volatility between August and early September. He provides important information on how investors should respond to volatility caused by tweets and trade tariffs.

To read the full article on One Accord, click on this link.

 

It’s a Marathon…

Market Commentary

By Rafael A. Villagran, Portfolio Manager

Markets started the year on a sprint, and that’s encouraging, particularly in light of how stocks finished 2018. But investing is a marathon and we always keep our focus on the longer-term. And, putting the first quarter rally into context, stocks just climbed back up to where they were last September/October prior to the fourth quarter pull-back. We see two primary drivers behind the recent bounce: READ MORE

Things that Go Bump in the Night

Concern over slowing global growth and the strength of the US dollar caused a steep decline in global markets in the third quarter, erasing gains made over the prior twelve months. The S&P 500 ended down 6.4% for the quarter and -5.3% in nine months ended September.  International markets fared far worse with International markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE index, was down 10.23% for the quarter and 5.28% for the year to date through September. Looking under the global hood, Germany down 10.2% in the June to September period, Japan off 14.1% for the quarter and Chinese A shares falling over 28% in the quarter to post a nearly flat return for the year.

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When Much Ado Can Be Something

Since joining Coldstream in December, I have been dubbed the resident bear of our Investment Strategy Group (ISG) – not an easy brand to carry when you first come through the door. Though, to be honest, when it comes to the prospect of this current bull market, I tend to be rather “Eeyoric” compared to my more optimistic counterparts. Perhaps it is appropriate, then, that my turn to scribe a market update came just as the quarter end became – shall we say – entertaining.

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Signals from the Noise – Market Update

I recently read a NY Times Magazine article by Clay Tarver, detailing the remarkable story of Jason Everman. Everman had the incredible distinction of being kicked out of both Nirvana and Soundgarden prior to their explosive success in the 1990s. He later, as he put it “decided to do the most un-cool thing, join the Army.” Everman persevered through training and eventually joined the Rangers and then onto Special Forces, distinguishing himself through more than a decade of hot deployments. Post Army, Everman graduated from Columbia University with a degree in philosophy. On his plans for the future “I’ll probably just be a bartender somewhere.” In a life that has played out like a Greek tragedy, Jason is still the wise student attempting to divine messages the Gods have been sending him. Noisy as those signals may be.READ MORE

Oil Prices and Market Volatility Expectations

The end of 2014 brought yet again an increase in market volatility, angst surrounding global economic growth, and continued unease about the longer term central bank strategies and actions. Several key points are worth highlighting:

  • Volatility in the stock market has picked up in the past few months. Concerns about global economic growth, the health of emerging markets, geopolitical tensions, and plunging oil prices have investors on edge.
  • Investors continue to rotate toward defensive sectors such as consumer staples, health care, and utilities, helped in part by the steady decline in long-term interest rates. More cyclical sectors such as basic materials, industrials, and technology are falling out of favor.
  • The US economy continues to improve at a below normal but nonetheless growing pace. It is hard to find another area around the globe in the same condition. Europe has stalled, Russia is close to a depression with the collapse of their currency, and their number one export, oil, is down 50% in US dollar terms.

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Third Quarter Choppiness – Where Do We Go from Here?

With a back drop of an increasingly solid economic landscape in the US, deflation fears in Europe, and geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East, Ukraine and Hong Kong, it is not surprising that the third quarter was tumultuous. European equity markets, responding to slowing growth, were weak across the board. In the United States, the trend favored large cap stocks over small, Japan struggled to keep its economy growing, and emerging markets were mixed. The nearby chart shows the performance for global markets for the third quarter and year to date.READ MORE

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