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How Would A 20% Market Decline Affect You?

Investment Advisors Make An Appointment   Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We all have much to be thankful for. Twenty-one months after COVID-19 led to lockdowns across the United States, vaccines are now widely available. Additionally,...

The ‘Seemingly’ Unstoppable Bull Market

The ValueAligned Model Portfolio ("VAP") is up +15.8% for 2021 as of Wednesday, September 8th. The S&P 500 Index is up +21.4%. Please see the disclosures at the end of this letter or on our website www.valuealigned.com.   We lowered our exposure to stocks in...

-14% Corrections Happens Every Year

Wall Street has the Mondays today. The Dow Jones Industrials Average (DJIA), the stock market, was down over 600 points, or -1.8%, as investors worry about the unfolding real estate situation in China.The Chinese real estate company Evergrande is on the verge of...

Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know

The investing book of the 21st century so far is the 2020 book by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy, Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know, documenting that the world is getting healthier, wealthier, longer-lived, less violent and cleaner. The authors have now...

Mid Year Report

As America continued to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2021, the U.S. economy and the stock markets made significant progress.The ValueAligned Model Portfolio ("VAP") is up +16.10% for 2021 as of Friday July 2, 2021. The S&P 500 Index is...

Can Washington Raise Wages?

The government can mandate higher wages through minimum wage laws and can temporarily increase demand for workers above supply forcing smaller companies to compete with larger companies by bidding up wages. But they are targeting the wrong measure because just like in...

Transitory Inflation?

The ValueAligned Model Portfolio ("VAP") is up +11.4% for 2021 as of Thursday May 20, 2021. The S&P 500 Index is +11.4%. The broader market bounced back nicely yesterday following the past week's selling.  Tech stocks were particularly strong, with the S&P...

Inflation? Ask real Businesses

The Federal Reserve says we will see inflation but it is "transitory". Congress does not even mention inflation even though it is the most regressive tax out there. But if you want to know the real deal ask real operating businesses and their operators. In the quote...

Four Reasons The Future Looks Bright For The Bulls

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” —George Burns The stock market is now up more than 11% in 2021, but we could have a normal 15% or so drop at anytime. Here are four bullish statistics that Ryan Detrick, chief market...

2021 saw more inflows to stocks than the past 12 years combined 

Money flowing to stocks globally in just the past five months ($576 billion) has exceeded the inflow seen over the prior 12 years by well over $100 billion, according to data from Bank of America Global Research.Why it matters: It's further evidence that the sea...