September 11, 2019

Now is not the time to be complacent with your income investments! If the credit ratings services start to see companies struggling to pay back their debts we will start to see downgrades of BBB issue...

January 22, 2019

We cannot let the current market trend dictate the perceived value of an active risk management approach. If your portfolio lost more than you were comfortable with during the 4th quarter, this rally...

December 19, 2018

Depending on how the last part of December plays out, we could be bombarded with doomsday headlines. Already I've seen articles talking about the "worst start to December since the Great Depression" f...

December 14, 2018

Things get worse if you get a recession scenario where the numerator (dividends, which drop due to a drop in earnings) and the denominator go the wrong way. It is completely reasonable to expect anoth...

November 16, 2018

In college, my peers voted me "most likely to appear on CNBC". Even back then I enjoyed talking about the markets and attempting to educate anyone who would listen about how the markets work (or don't...

October 23, 2018

I recently experienced my first "real" tropical storm. I say "real" because I've been through other tropical storms. While living in Arizona for 20 years we often would get a tropical storm running ou...

October 18, 2018

This week it was announced the current Federal Government Budget Deficit hit its highest level in 6 years. The combination of tax cuts, slower than expected economic growth, and increased spending acc...

October 11, 2018

Which sounds worse?

Dow plummets 800 points


Stocks decline 3%, still above June levels

Both describe what happened on Wednesday, but I'm guessing nobody's smart phone was popping with the latter ale...

May 14, 2018

SEM applies a Behavioral Approach to Investing. Our total portfolio approach is designed to overcome the most common behavioral biases. To understand the importance of this we need to first understand...

November 6, 2017

A year ago, the "experts" were shocked when Donald Trump won the electoral vote for President. Since that time we've seen an already divided country become even more divided. We seem to have entered a...

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