Diversification by Twitter: How Trump’s Trade Tactics Are Changing Financial Markets

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Guest Blog By: Daniel Satchkov, CFA – RiXtrema Market Commentary

Donald Trump yesterday suddenly threatened to increase tariffs on many Chinese goods from 10% to 25% effective this Friday. He also threatened to institute many new tariffs. According to his math, the new tariffs will amount to 25% on about $375 Billion in goods or roughly $94 Billion per year. Chinese Communist Party is not yet used to bludgeoning by Twitter and Shanghai Stock is down 6% for ...

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2018 Market Review

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After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in US dollar terms in 2018. Common news stories in 2018 included reports on global economic growth, corporate earnings, record low unemployment in the US, the implementation of Brexit, US trade wars with China and other countries, and a flattening US Treasury yield curve. Global equity markets delivered positive returns through September, followed by a decline in the fourth quarter, resulting in a –4.4% return ...

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Market Volatility

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After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors.

From September 30th to November 20th, the US market (as measured by the Dow Jones Total US Stock Market Index) fell -10%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to their portfolios. While it may be difficult to remain calm during a ...

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2017 Market Review

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At the beginning of 2017, a common view among money managers and analysts was that the financial markets would not repeat their strong returns from 2016. Many cited the uncertain global economy, political turmoil in the US, implementation of Brexit, conflicts in the Middle East, North Korea’s weapons buildup, and other factors. The global equity markets defied their predictions, with major equity indices in the US, developed ex-US, and emerging markets posting strong returns for the year.

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An Index Overview Part III: Index Investing – Opportunities and Obstacles

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Legend has it, a pharmacist named John Pemberton was searching for a headache cure when he tried blending Coca leaves with Cola nuts. Who knew his recipe was destined to become such a smashing success, even if Coca-Cola® never did become the medicine Pemberton had in mind?

In similar vein, when Charles Dow launched the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow), his aim was to better assess stock prices and ...

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An Index Overview Part II: Index Points and Mechanics

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As we covered in our last piece, indices have their place. They can roughly gauge the mood of a market and its participants. If you have an investment strategy designed to capture that market, you can see how your strategy is doing in comparison … again, roughly. You can also invest in an index fund which tracks a market index.

This may help explain why everyone seems to be forever ...

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2016 Market Review

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In 2016, the US market reached new highs and stocks in a majority of developed and emerging market countries delivered positive returns. The year began with anxiety over China’s stock market and economy, falling oil prices, a potential US recession, and negative interest rates in Japan. US equity markets were in steep decline and had the worst start of any year on record. The markets began improving in mid-February through midyear. Investors also faced uncertainty from the ...

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Real Estate Investing

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Just as the world around us comes from the elements found in the periodic table, capital markets are made up of asset classes, broadly organized into stocks, bonds, alternatives and hard assets like commodities and real estate. As elemental as asset classes are to investing, it often makes sense to include some real estate investments in your globally diversified portfolio.

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