Dightman Capital – Q4 Outlook

U.S. stocks have experienced a strong recovery in 2019 but the increase in volatility the last several months is a concern.  If stock indexes can hold current gains, they will deliver solid double-digit returns for the year despite sputtering trade progress with China and political turmoil in Washington DC.  While political developments can lead to […]

A Divided Market

There are clearly opposite views on the market right now.  After a fabulous day for all three indexes yesterday, not to mention the performance of many leading stocks, some commentators remain committed to the idea we are headed for a recession. A week ago, recession fears were plastered on the front pages of all the […]

Q1 2019 Market & Economic Review

U.S. stocks experienced a strong rally in the first quarter of 2019.  The biggest performance driver came from the Federal Reserve pausing their interest hikes.  Between 2017 and 2018 the Fed raised the Fed Funds rate approximately 8 times and until recently expected to continue raising rates into 2019.  The sell-off in Q4 was largely […]

Are Cracks Forming in the High-Yield Bond Market?

While high-yields bonds (HYG) have held up better than equities, there are signs of cracks forming. Negative developments at GE have caused some to speculate more highly leveraged borrowers are looking at downgrades.  The lower tiers of investment grade ratings currently represent a large number of bonds and if we see a series of downgrades […]

Will Higher Interest Rates Derail Stocks?

Continued economic growth has led the Federal Reserve to raise the Fed Funds rate to 2.25%.  This is the biggest issue facing asset markets right now even though the rate remains well below levels that led to recessions twice during the last 18 years.  For that reason, I believe the Fed is going to be cautious […]

2018 Investment Strategy Review

Stock and bond market performance has been more volatile in 2018.  After an amazing run in 2017 stocks have become more sensitive to interest rate hikes and potential disruptions in global trade because of ongoing trade negotiations by the Trump administration. Bonds too have seen an increase in volatility as the Federal Reserve increases the […]

Stocks Finally Correct, What’s Next?

After an outstanding 15-month stock market advance, last week stocks experienced a significant pullback.  The S&P 500 declined 3.9% but all three major U.S. stock indexes remain in positive territory so far in 2018.  After outstanding performance in 2017, U.S. stocks started 2018 on an even more accelerated run with the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

How Markets Reacted To A Trump Victory

Instead of a Brexit market reaction last week investors appeared to position for the impact a Trump presidency could have on the U.S. economy and asset markets. There is a limit to how much any administration can accomplish during the first couple of years but investors appear to be favoring some asset classes while avoiding […]

What Higher Interest Rates Could Mean For Stocks

Think of stocks and bonds as competing for investor money. The characteristics of each investment is very different but if we look at one factor associated with each the competitive nature becomes clear. I am referring to dividend yield and interest yield. For much of the current recovery stock dividend yields have been more attractive […]