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February 19, 2020

I'm currently at the Kingdom Advisor Conference and just finished a 3 hour session on Faith Based Investing. I'll be sharing more of what I've learned in the weeks ahead. The speakers this morning all...

February 12, 2020

As Cody mentioned last week, we are finally officially in election season (even though it seems like we've been there for two years now.) The strength of the economy is likely to be a major talking po...

February 4, 2020

As we officially kick off election season, we can see in real-time how our behavioral biases influence our decision making. This chaos and craziness stemming from Iowa can obviously have huge ramifica...

January 29, 2020

At the start of the year we always are bombarded by forecasts of what the 'experts' believe could happen in the year ahead. Whether specific or implied, the overwhelming consensus is investors should...

January 22, 2020

Despite my nickname of "Mr. Sunshine" I actually am an optimist at heart. I believe America will continue to prosper and be a global economic super-power. I have faith our citizens will be able to (ev...

January 14, 2020

"Responsible" investing is becoming more and more popular. Historically following this mandate has meant lower investment returns, but at SEM we've found a way to follow your heart witho...

January 8, 2020

As we start a new decade it appears we will continue to have "unprecedented" measures by the Federal Reserve to keep the markets rising. While the Fed refuses to call the huge influx of cash into the...

December 31, 2019

Party like it's 1999!

On paper 2019 is going down as the best year for the S&P 500 since 1997. The euphoria and confidence we are seeing at the end of the year feels quite similar to what we experience...

December 18, 2019

I've often told our advisors and clients the calendar can be a cruel thing for investment managers. Everyone focuses on the returns for each month, quarter, or year, which is often skewed by large mov...

December 10, 2019

There are a lot of things that create bubbles, but the primary driver behind all of them is our emotions. Our brains are programmed to both assume what has happened recently will continue to happen an...

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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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