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Monday, May 3, 2021

In his speech to an empty congress, the President did a good job of outlining the goals of the Democrat administration. Of course, he took a little time to take credit for vaccines and the astounding economic recovery that are...


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

This letter often is focused on the shorter-term outlook for stocks, bonds, real estate, etc. We generally use the same market factors to help us decide whether it is a good time to add to stocks, reduce bonds, etc. In the very short...


Monday, March 1, 2021

February was action-packed. There was dramatic volatility in just about everything. And most of it was negative, except for Bitcoin which, in a perverse way, seems to be becoming a hedge against all more traditional assets, including...


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

I had to chuckle when Bryan Williams of CNBC was celebrating a week of "normalcy" last week. Sorry Bryan, there is nothing "normal" about close to 40 executive orders in two weeks. That is more than the last four Presidents combined,...


Monday, January 4, 2021

Each year at this time we find it instructive to review our forecast from a year ago compared to what actually happened. It helps put things into context as we make our fearless forecast for the New Year. Last year's forecast turned...


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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The election is over. Government is divided as anticipated. The markets like it. The vaccines are here, so the markets can look through the current COVID surge to a brighter Spring for the economy. The Standard & Poor's 500 has traded...


Monday, November 2, 2020

Trick or Treat? Writing a market letter a day before this contentious election is not the smartest thing I could do. But it is the first of the month and rules are rules. It will be short as I anticipate having a “special...


Friday, October 2, 2020

Shame! One paragraph is all it gets. The first debate was a ridiculous waste of 90 minutes of my life. Those two have no respect for the country, or you and me. I am proud to be an American. I was embarrassed by the silliness. The...


Monday, August 31, 2020

It has officially begun. The silly season is upon us. The party conventions, such as they were, are over. The election campaign can now begin in earnest. The conventions were interesting. Contrasting styles and technological tricks...


Monday, August 3, 2020

The XLE, the exchange traded fund (ETF) for energy companies has declined 40% this year-to-date. The shares of Exxon Mobil and Chevron are down similar amounts. The NASDAQ 100, NDX, has risen 23% year-to-date led by Microsoft, Facebook...


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Over my long career with big, and not so big, companies, I have had the “privilege” of attending many “offsite” conferences. That is when you spend a lot of money and precious time away from the office...


Monday, June 1, 2020

I could write a book about the last three months. And, it would be a very long book as it seems more like three years! -Quarantine and masks -30 million people out of work in the US -Rapid government response -Huge deficit spending...


Friday, May 1, 2020

May 1st is the traditional day to celebrate Spring and the new life it brings. This year it is especially relevant. Here in Texas, and in 38 other states, we are reopening our economy. People are beginning to go back to their lives....


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

I believe that the Standard & Poor’s 500 reached a tradeable bottom earlier this month at 2250. But, the recovery to above 2600 today is a gift that will not keep on giving. It would be a very unusual Bear market bottom that...


Monday, March 2, 2020

Last week was the correction we have been waiting for. Last month we suggested that the second half of February would see a buyable correction in stock prices from a severely overbought situation. Sentiment has been Bullish to an...


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Let’s begin this letter with the conclusion. I expect a correction from the recent January highs on the Standard & Poor’s 500. I believe it has already begun. The media will blame it on the coronavirus, or something. It...


Monday, January 6, 2020

Each year at this time, we find it instructive to review our forecast from a year ago compared to what actually happened. It helps put things into context as we make our fearless forecast for the New Year. Last year’s forecast...


Monday, December 2, 2019

December is here, and with it comes the season when traditionally the laggard stocks in the market have a period of about six weeks where they outperform the broader market. Often these stocks have significant bounces from their...


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Standard & Poor’s 500 closed today at 3061, a new all-time high. The technology heavy NASDAQ composite closed at 8386, also a new all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial average closed at 27,247, a new high, even with the...


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

I have loved bonds for years. I have enjoyed the income as bonds have offered a good, real rate of return - the return above inflation, for many years. Now, not so much. US Treasury notes that mature in 2-5 years are considered in the...


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The short-term outlook for the US stock market is beginning to improve. Sentiment numbers from Investors Intelligence have finally reacted to the increased volatility and pullback in prices that has been going on since mid-July. This...


Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Federal Reserve, as expected, announced a 0.25% reduction in the targeted Federal Funds rate to a range of 2.00% - 2.25%. This was hardly news as they have been telegraphing such a move for close to two months. In spite of that,...


Monday, July 1, 2019

06/29/2019 - It was a great month for stocks and bonds. The Standard & Poor’s 500 returned close to 7%. For what it is worth, it was the best June since 1955. Although that won’t help you as you try to figure out what...


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

There is an old stock market adage - “sell in May and go away.” Although most pundits discount its usefulness, it works more often than not. It certainly did this year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 reached a high for...


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

On December 19, 2010, an analyst named Meredith Whitney was interviewed on the CBS news show 60 Minutes. Ms. Whitney had achieved fame by forecasting the bankruptcy of Citigroup three years earlier. This time, the subject was municipal...


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Standard & Poor’s 500 was up over 13% for the first quarter of 2019. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained over 11%. The tech-heavy NASDAQ was the big winner, up some 16%. Bonds also did well as high quality bonds returned...


Friday, March 8, 2019

This morning, Mr. Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, announced that the economic outlook for the Eurozone had deteriorated. Italy is already in a recession. Germany is close. The political and trade uncertainties surrounding...


Friday, February 1, 2019

Alan Greenspan was Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. That is an amazingly long time for any appointed official in Washington. Perhaps his longevity was due to the propensity of the Federal Reserve to rescue the economy...


Monday, December 31, 2018

Each year at this time we find it instructive to review our forecast from a year ago compared to what actually happened. It helps put things into context as we make our fearless forecast for the new year. A bit unfortunate; our last...


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

November made me tired. Perhaps it was the breathless mainstream news coverage of the midterm elections that in the end produced the most predictable result - a somewhat divided government. There was certainly no mandate for the left...


Sunday, November 4, 2018

As expected, the global selloff of stocks finally caught up with the US stock market in October. In the month, the Standard and Poor’s 500 declined 7%. The Nasdaq was worse; declining close to 9%. Both are now essentially flat...


Monday, October 1, 2018

Of course the elections will matter to the markets. But, not that much. The partisan divide and the sad state of affairs of the last week are giving us a preview of the next five weeks and thereafter. Shrill political ads full of...


Monday, September 3, 2018

At least economically, the Trump administration has to be given credit for surprisingly strong performance. Second quarter GDP growth was upwardly revised to 4.2%. Unemployment is below 4% overall. Unemployment rates for Hispanic and...


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Earnings reports from almost all companies in the last two weeks have been wonderful! The tax cuts have kicked in, the economy is doing great. Corporate profit margins are at all-time highs. The question must be asked, "IS THIS AS GOOD...


Monday, June 25, 2018

The talking heads on the business channels are having a field day with trade wars and tariffs. As usual, they speak with great certainty about “what happens in a trade war.” I would remind them that few of us were around...


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The most overvalued asset type in the markets today is high yield bonds. These so-called “junk” bonds are generally rated below investment grade. That means the rating agencies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s...


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

If you had gone to the moon at year end 2017 and returned at the end of the first quarter of this year, you would wonder what all the fuss was about. The standard & Poors 500 began the year at 2668 and ended the quarter at 2642. That...


Monday, February 26, 2018

Obviously, January and February were very volatile months for stocks. It was also quite volatile for bonds. Although it was the kind of volatility that goes in a straight line. Bond prices have been going straight down. In November,...


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I hope your 2018 is off to a good start. Last year was a good year and as the market bounces around, it’s important we focus on “the long view.” Remember that countless studies have shown that it’s time in the...


Monday, January 29, 2018

The US equity market, expressed as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, has had a pretty good year in January. The index has already returned 7.5% through January 26 for this year. Foreign markets have also been fantastic. The...


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Once a year it is easy to select a title for this letter. Each year at this time, we find it instructive to review our forecast from a year ago compared to what actually happened. It helps put things into context as we make our...


Friday, December 1, 2017

Market sentiment, as measured by the Investor Intelligence survey, is extremely bullish, and has been for months. The spread among market letter writers is as wide as it gets. Bulls are 62%. Bears are 15%. This is a dangerously wide...


Monday, October 30, 2017

The economy is strong. The US has enjoyed two quarters in a row of 3% or better growth, even with the disruption caused by the hurricanes. Earnings for the S&P 500 for 2017 will increase at a double digit rate for the first time since...


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shortage of Stocks? As an economist, I know there is no such thing as a “shortage” of stocks. Demand always matches supply. But, the trick of course is figuring out what is the future demand and supply, and at what price...


Thursday, September 21, 2017

What To Do After A Major Credit Data Breach – Consumer Awareness Be Proactive: Request A Copy Of Your Credit Report Now Consider Freezing Your Credit: Only If You’re Not Applying For Credit Soon Subscribe To A Credit...


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Guide covers a broad variety of topics, such as how to file flood claims, renters’ rights, how to replace your passport and/or credit cards that may have been lost or damaged in the storm, information about schools and about...


Friday, September 1, 2017

The Lost Week It began to rain last Friday, August 25, in the late afternoon. It was a good, solid rain - not really a thunderstorm - just sheets and sheets of water coming down from the darkened skies. It finally stopped Tuesday...


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HOWARD MARKS Howard Marks is one of my heroes in the investment management business. He is the leader of Oaktree Capital, a firm based in Los Angeles that manages some $100 billion for large institutional investors. It is largely a...


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mutual Funds vs. ETFs


Saturday, July 1, 2017

As our nation approaches the anniversary of its independence, I thought it would be good to reflect on the blessings of being an American.It is very easy for us to think about what is wrong with America. Everyday we are bombarded with...


Thursday, June 29, 2017



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Whether they are just born, or are steadily advancing through the elementary grades, it is never too early to start thinking about college for your children.  A college degree is a very prestigious achievement that will account for a l


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Caney Creek Report - Valuation - the Hardest Thing


Monday, June 5, 2017

Facebook LinkedInMeet Our New Interns We are excited to welcome our two new interns to the teamPeriPeri is currently enrolled as a student at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. She just...


Monday, March 20, 2017

A new survey finds that baby boomers are some of the most motivated members of the workforce today.


Monday, March 6, 2017

A new study finds that older job hunters are less likely to be forced into “old-person jobs” these days.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Baby boomers should steer clear of these six missteps to boost their chances of a secure retirement.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Retirement success depends on spending as much as—or less than—you withdraw each month. Here’s how to nail the balance.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Thanks to new rules, reverse mortgages—long seen as loans of last resort—are proving popular with cash-strapped retirees.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Baby boomers are hitting retirement age at an excellent time for stocks, and it’s leaving many with more money than they know what to do with.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

For many boomers, retired life is marked by four distinct phases.


Monday, December 5, 2016

These four retirement facts might surprise baby boomers—and can help them better prepare for their non-working years.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Retirement concerns have baby boomer women holding on to their jobs for longer than they planned.


Monday, November 7, 2016

It’s often said that boomers should wait as long as possible before claiming Social Security benefits. Here’s why.


Monday, October 17, 2016

A new study finds that Baby Boomers are less confident than ever about their financial prospects in retirement.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Planning your retirement expenses can be a challenge, especially when it comes to these five costs. Here's what boomers should expect.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Various studies have uncovered unique challenges and opportunities facing retiring Baby Boomers. Here's what they should know.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Thousands of Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, though many aren't leaving the workforce. Yet.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Prepare for Implementation of Proposed 2704 Regulations


Monday, August 15, 2016

Baby Boomers are changing the face of retirement. These five trends explain why.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Staying in your job for just a year longer can benefit your retirement savings in more ways than one.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Longevity and financial necessity will keep many Baby Boomers working past traditional retirement age.


Monday, July 4, 2016

A new study finds that most Baby Boomers expect to work longer and save more during retirement, rather than retire.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Many Baby Boomers plan to keep working after traditional retirement age, but they might be headed for a reality check.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Baby Boomers share several anxieties when it comes to preparing for retirement, but proper planning can help get rid of them.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A recent study found that many baby boomers lack knowledge about Social Security benefits, which could cost them in the long run. To get the most out of their benefits, boomers should make sure they’re not making any of these Social S


Monday, May 2, 2016

Many baby boomers have left retirement accounts with previous employers over the years. Consolidating those accounts before retirement can pay off in big ways.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

With the upcoming PGA Insperity Golf Tournament in The Woodlands, we thought you might enjoy this video.


Monday, April 18, 2016

It’s 2016, but the financial crisis of 2008 is still top of mind for many baby boomers—and it’s impacting their saving and investing habits. A new study finds that a significant number of boomers experienced economic trauma following the c


Monday, April 4, 2016

The Great Recession may have ended years ago, but many boomers are still supporting aging parents, adult children or both—and it’s negatively impacting their financial standing. Despite the reduced financial security, though, few boomers ha


Monday, March 21, 2016

Retirees hoping for higher Social Security benefits shouldn’t hold their breath: there likely won’t be a cost-of-living increase in 2016. For many, putting a financial plan in place may be necessary to help stretch Social Security dollars f


Monday, March 7, 2016

According to a recent Insured Retirement Institute survey, only 6 in 10 boomers report having any retirement savings, and just 27 percent are confident they will have enough money to last through retirement. Better retirement education effo


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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