First Quarter 2019 Letter to Clients

First Quarter 2019 Letter to Clients

After a turbulent end to 2018 sent stock indices around the globe into bear market territory, equities staged a big recovery in the first quarter of 2019. For the quarter, the S&P 500 index gained 13.65% and was within a few percentage points of its record high....
Fourth Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Fourth Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Stocks around the globe experienced a significant decline during Fourth Quarter 2018, a trend that began in October and accelerated rapidly in December. The downturn was widely attributed to the prospect of continued higher interest rates, ongoing tensions in the...
Third Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Third Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

After regaining their all-time highs over the summer months, stocks saw a resurgence of volatility in the beginning of October. The downturn was widely attributed to rising interest rates, as the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note surged to 3.25% for the...
Second Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Second Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

Market pundits have spent a great deal of time the past three decades endlessly debating the merits of “active” vs. “passive” investing. At its core, the argument can be distilled down to this: Is it better for investors to employ elaborate strategies to try and...
First Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

First Quarter 2018 Letter to Clients

January saw the stock market continue its rapid surge upward, but the party did not last long on Wall Street. Volatility returned to the market in a significant way by the end of the month, and stocks have whipsawed up and down ever since. Not surprisingly, the media...
Fourth Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Fourth Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients

Fourth Quarter 2017 Letter to Clients As 2018 began, the major U.S. stock market indexes surged to yet another round of record highs. The first week of January saw the Nasdaq index top 7,000, the S&P 500 index clear the 2,700 mark, and the Dow Jones Industrial...