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November 20, 2019

I've often said if I had to pick just one Leading Economic Indicator it would be Building Permits. If you've ever bought a house you know first-hand how much you personally stimulate your local econom...

November 13, 2019

After traveling for 7 weeks to conferences, advisor meetings, and client events it is good to be back in the office for a full week. The major theme across the board was confidence. Clients, advisors,...

November 6, 2019

You've heard it's bad to miss the best days, but what if you missed both the best and worst days in the market?

October 30, 2019

Earlier this week we learned the US Government ran a nearly $1 Trillion deficit this fiscal year. Despite promising 4%+ GDP growth to pay for the tax cuts, the temporary boost has already reversed and...

October 23, 2019

The stock market is attempting to stabilize, but the economic indicators continue to point to a slowdown. In this brief economic update I highlight what the DATA is saying along with ideas on what you...

October 17, 2019

I presented at a financial planning meeting this week the "missing link" we've witnessed the past 20+ years. While providing a financial plan and cash flow strategy is absolutely necessary to build a...

October 10, 2019

Volatility has become the norm it seems. After a nice steady first year under President Trump, since the beginning of 2018 we have seen the market swing wildly. The key drivers have been interest rate...

October 8, 2019

Since our founding 27 years ago, SEM has understood one critical fact -- investors are humans, not robots. Each year DALBAR releases the Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB). They study t...

October 1, 2019

After 25 years of following the financial markets every day, you'd think I'd grow used to the sensationalized headlines of every single market move and every single economic data point. Today the fina...

September 30, 2019

Trade War, Recession, & Interest Rates

The 3rd Quarter brought some large fluctuations in both the stock and bond markets. By far the most often discussed topics in client and advisor meetings this qua...

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About the Blog

The purpose of SEM’s Traders Blog is to provide simple explanations about the current market environment. It is designed to give advisors talking points about the market and for individual investors to better understand what is happening. Each week SEM posts a Chart of the Week to illustrate one aspect of the market in a different way than you might hear in the mainstream financial media. Throughout the week other posts will be made depending on the volatility, news events, or changes in SEM’s Scientifically Engineered Models​

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