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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...

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...

June 27, 2019

Working According to Plan

It is easy to get lost in the short-term noise of the investment markets. While technology has certainly increased the amount of noise each of us sees each day, the short-term...

March 26, 2019

Pressing Questions for Investors

The 4th quarter of 2018 was the worst quarter for stocks since the Financial Crisis, with December's drop coming in as the worst since the Great Depression. The start o...

December 31, 2018

What in the world changed?

December is supposed to be a good month for stocks. Instead it turned into one of the worst Decembers since the Great Depression. Many people are now asking if this is a star...

October 3, 2018

What's the Score?

With football season in full force and investors once again wondering why they aren’t getting double digit returns like the S&P 500 index, I thought I would bring out my favorite inve...

June 30, 2018

A necessary war?

The stock market has been on shaky ground lately as the United States is escalating the potential for a heated trade war with China. China represents 47% of our total trade deficit. Th...

March 31, 2018

The aftermath of a parabolic move

2017 was a record breaking year for the stock market in terms of volatility (or lack thereof). This led to money flooding into stocks to start 2018 as the expectation...

December 31, 2017

Point of Maximum Risk

It is human nature to take the current environment and project it into the foreseeable future.  Whether it is a situation on the job, something with your kids, a sports team’s per...

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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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