Bloomberg - July 24, 2018

Heeding Politics & Your Portfolio

September 2018

Fall is upon us. And yes, I know that the official end of summer isn’t until September 21—but tell that to schoolchildren and those of us in the workforce. Market highs were August’s harvest; the longer we go out on this bull market’s branch, the less surprising the market’s fall will be—but tell that to the fundamentals (earnings, interest rates, and economic data). In this issue, I climb back up into the limbs of Fidelity’s large-cap value stock fund tree; it’s a good place to be if storm force winds begin to uproot more growth-sensitive crops. I also invite you... Read more

Market’s Slow Growth Train Keeps Rolling

September 13, 2018

To all members (and any member’s kith and kin) who are in the path of Hurricane Florence, we’re rooting for you and hoping the catastrophic predictions fall significantly short of their high-water mark.... Read more

Calm Before the Storm

August 16, 2018

The scant notable economic reports that we have received this week continue to reflect a steady-as-she-goes slow-growth economy driven by confident and financially stable consumers. Both remain prone to event-driven news and the enervating politicization of everything … right down to the beer you drink. Although everything under the sun is feeling increasingly on the brink of one kind of collapse or another, the markets at home (and, to a lesser and more volatile degree, abroad) remain remarkably, almost miraculously resilient.... Read more

Fidelity Investor’s models have 8/31/18 returns of between 1.4% and 11.6%. The average Fidelity investor’s portfolio gained 2.7% in August.
Global Quant Growth11.6%13.9%
Growth & Income4.0%9.6%
Annuity Growth8.7%9.6%
Annuity Growth & Income7.0%8.5%
S&P 500 9.9%14.5%
Fidelity Investor Index 6.6%7.1%

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