Investment Briefs

No Spooking the Markets - Fed Cuts as Expected

 November 4 2019
Last week Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) participants lowered the target federal funds range 25 basis points to 1.50 – 1.75 percent in response to continued weakness in business investment activity, sluggish global growth and trade tensions. That said, the Committee still expects the U.S. economy to grow near 2.0 percent, reflecting strong trends in household spending and more accommod...

Recession or Not…How Can You Prepare?

 September 18 2019
Recent signs that a recession is coming have had Americans concerned. While no single indicator can predict exactly when a recession will occur, one thing is true – recessions are a normal component of the economy and another is bound to happen at some point whether it’s next year or a time later into the future. One question we are being asked is how can someone protect their finance...

Economic Update: Recent Market Volatility

 August 26 2019
There has certainly been a lot of economic news in the past year. “Inverted Yields”, China trade talks, up-coming Presidential elections, slower “Gross Domestic Product” numbers and will “The Fed” cut the interest rates? We understand that these are real portfolio risks and your HORAN Investment Committee continually discusses how to minimize the impact of any p...

Headline Risk - Should Investors Pay Attention?

 August 8 2019
There is no shortage of geopolitical tensions to fill headlines. U.S.-China trade negotiations, Brexit, developing nuclear powers in Iran and North Korea and straining relationships between Russia and the West all serve as recent examples. The question is should investors care, or more importantly, act, on these headlines? These events undoubtedly influence investor returns, perhaps not in the way...

Q2 2019 Market Performance & Economic Recap Video

 August 8 2019
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Trade Winds

 May 17 2019
Last week, market volatility spiked amid heightened focus on U.S.-China trade relations. Risk assets had been trending higher through much of 2019, but higher U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and increased skepticism about negotiation prospects going forward weighed on markets. Ahead of the Chinese delegation arrival in Washington, U.S. officials indicated China was backtracking on certain pledges fr...

Q1 2019 Market Performance & Economic Recap Video

 May 16 2019

Knowledge College Q1 2019: An Update on the Active vs. Passive Debate

 May 6 2019
Given the increase in the number of index funds in the current 10-year period ending December 2018, we have separated the results for active and passive: 83% of ten-year top-quartile active managers were unable to  avoid at least one three-year time period in the bottom half of their peer group. This is the lowest result to date, relative to 92, 90, 85 and 89% in our 2015, 2012, 2010 a...

Fed Sets Dovish Tone

 March 26 2019
Federal Reserve Board (Fed) policymakers left the target range for the federal funds rate unchanged citing the recent slowdown in economic growth and low inflation. While investors largely anticipated this week’s rate decision, Fed officials surprised investors by forecasting just one rate hike through 2021. Previous economic projections from Fed officials included two rate hikes in 2019 and...

Assessing Recent Market Declines - Key Factors & Historical Context

 December 6 2018
On December 4, equity markets fell sharply as investor optimism faded over the recently struck 90-day tariff truce between the U.S. and China. The S&P 500 Index and Russell 2000 Index slumped -3.2 percent and -4.4 percent for the day, respectively. Tuesday’s activity marked a sharp reversal from just a day earlier, as equities had gained more than 1 percent on Monday over hopes that the ...
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