Returning To Neutral: Market Outlook

The second quarter of 2019 brought more gains for investors, with the S&P 500 Index hitting a new record high of 2,954 on June 20th in the process. While impressive, in order to get there, market participants had to endure yet another bout of volatility, including a swift correction in May. Developed international stocks also…

What Is Neutral Volatility?

The Pinnacle investment team has been working diligently for the past eight weeks to gradually move our managed portfolios to a neutral asset allocation. This leads to the question, what the heck is a “neutral” asset allocation and why should I care? Interestingly, a large percentage of the traditional investment world (by traditional, I mean…

Twilight Zone Redux: A Market Review

The third quarter saw mixed performances across the major asset classes. Large cap U.S. stocks surged, developed international equities and U.S. bonds were flat, while emerging market equities and commodities experienced modest losses. The clear winner for the quarter and year to date has been the U.S., as domestic investors have been rewarded with sizable…

Four Things Affluent Investors Must Know About Risk Management

Sophisticated investors pay attention when someone brings up the topic of portfolio risk management. Affluent investors are often the most risk averse, perhaps because they have already accumulated enough money during their lifetime to achieve their financial planning objectives. Having reached their accumulation goals, they don’t want to lose their hard-earned gains because the financial…

Under Pressure: A Market Review

In the second quarter volatility waned and performance decoupled as divergent backdrops created variances in returns for assets classes and markets across the globe. The winning trades for the second quarter were in the U.S. energy sector, U.S. small companies, and a select group of technology and consumer discretionary stocks. Energy thrived on a rising…

Volatility awakens!

Volatility Awakens: A Market Review

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…