The beginning of the first quarter was serene and pleasurable, as equity markets levitated on the back of increasing earnings expectations and solid world economic underpinnings. But the market euphoria didn’t last long. February saw volatility awaken from its slumber with a jolt, kicking off a long-anticipated correction that reminded investors there is never a free lunch in the world of investing. As the quarter progressed and the correction intensified, investors were forced to endure an emotional roller coaster as markets swung wildly. By the end of the quarter, most developed markets had chewed through early year gains and returns fell mildly into the red.
After a solid third quarter, investors began to wonder just how long the market could run without a healthy pullback. But those bracing for a market correction got caught flat footed as markets found a way to keep powering ahead in the fourth quarter. Domestic equity markets surged in anticipation of tax relief, emerging markets…
The second quarter saw financial markets deliver further gains, which was a continuation of the animal spirits that were unleashed in the wake of the U.S. election. Both stocks and bonds rose during the quarter with the S&P 500 making its latest record high in mid-June. Outside of the U.S., international stocks have picked up…
A sound investment plan begins by determining your objectives while understanding any limitations or constraints that may exist. While most objectives are long-term, a plan must be designed to persevere through changing market environments and be able to adjust for unseen events along the way. If you have multiple goals then each of these goals…
The first quarter picked up where the fourth quarter left off, with equity markets celebrating the surprise of a new U.S. administration that global investors perceived to be more business friendly than the previous one. During the quarter, stocks rallied around the world and along with a pullback in the U.S. dollar and signs that global growth was slowly reviving, many international stocks enjoyed gains in excess of the U.S. While the stock market roared, the bond and commodity markets were less enthused, as bonds bounced and commodities gave back some of the gains that accrued towards the end of the year. By the end of the quarter the equity markets were mostly calm, but with tensions that were beginning to build and signal that some of the election-driven luster was beginning to wear off.
We are pleased to present a recording of “Roadmaps and Hangovers,” our 2017 Inside the Investment Committee event, which gave attendees an inside look at the thoughts, views, and strategies of our investment team.
2016 began with a thud and ended with a bang. After one of the worst-ever starts to a year, U.S. stocks managed to rebound and ultimately finish the year with solid gains. Much of the rise came in the final few weeks of the year, following the surprising results of the U.S. presidential election. Indeed, there has been an abrupt change in market sentiment, and asset prices have largely taken their cues from a recalibration of economic expectations in the wake of the surprising Trump victory and Republican sweep of Congress.
Pinnacle’s Chief Investment Officer Rick Vollaro looks at the market in the month since the election and explains how we’re positioning our portfolios in response.
The election result came as a surprise to many and caused some uncertainty in the markets overnight. Many investors are wondering how all of this impacts their portfolios and if they should be making any changes.
The main reason people renounce their U.S. citizenship is to take advantage of lower tax burdens abroad, but the growing unease with U.S. politics might also be contributing to a record number of Americans who are renouncing their citizenship and surrendering their passports. While we don’t recommend this to our clients, we have received questions about the financial pros and cons of leaving behind one’s U.S. citizenship. In the interest of keeping you fully informed, we sat down with Raoul Rodriguez, a Pinnacle Wealth Manager and resident expert on expatriate issues, to discuss the question.