Monday, March 26, 2018

Womack Weekly Commentary: March 26, 2018

WOMACK WEEKLY COMMENTARY
Renew. Regenerate. Refocus.
March 26, 2018
 
THE MARKETS
Why am I saving and investing?


After a week like last week, it’s an important question. There are many reasons people save and invest, including to:


• Live the life they want today and in the future
• Accumulate resources so they’re prepared for any bumps in the road
• Provide an education for their children
• Offer assistance to parents
• Support a young person with a disability
• Do good in the world
• Live comfortably in retirement without anxiety

However, none of these reasons have anything to do with short-term market fluctuations.


Last week, major U.S. stock indices experienced a selloff, and we saw a dramatic downturn in stock markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 5.7 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 6 percent, and the NASDAQ fell 6.5 percent, reported Barron’s.


Those are big moves for a single week. The kind of moves that light up the emotion centers of investors’ brains and make them want to sell.


It’s not a new phenomenon. In 2002, in an article for CNN Money, Jason Zweig explained the brain’s potentially negative influence on investment decisions, “But in the world of investing, a panicky response to a false alarm – dumping all your stocks just because the Dow is dropping – can be as costly as ignoring real danger. For one thing, it can cause you to flee the market at a low point and miss out when the market bounces back. A moment of panic can also disrupt your long-term investing strategy.”


So, what happened last week? In short:


The Fed raised rates, as expected. The Federal Reserve raised the Fed funds rate by a quarter of a percent, which may benefit savers and investors, but will make borrowing more expensive.
Tariffs triggered trade war worries. The Trump administration levied tariffs on China, raising concerns of a global trade war.
You’re fired! There was additional turnover among senior advisers to President Trump.
Can they do that? British news reported a data analytics firm has been influencing elections around the world in some unsavory ways.
Don’t share my data! There was news a social media firm had shared the personal data of thousands with a researcher who shared it with a third-party firm without permission.
Sigh. Another data breach. An online travel company experienced a data breach that may have exposed the personal information of 880,000 users.
The economy is chugging along. Last week’s U.S. economic releases were overshadowed by everything else, but many indicated a strengthening economy, reported Barron’s.

That’s a lot to take in over the span of five days. The critical thing is to recognize these short-term events are unlikely to change your long-term financial goals. Financial decisions, including buying and selling investments, are important and can be life shaping. They should be grounded by long-term financial goals and foundational principles of investing. They should not be based on the brain’s instinctive fear and flight response.




Data as of 3/23/18
1-Week
Y-T-D
1-Year
3-Year
5-Year
10-Year
Standard & Poor's 500 (Domestic Stocks)
    -6.0%
3.2%
10.3%
7.1%
10.8%
 6.7%  
Dow Jones Global ex-U.S.
-2.7
-2.1
13.4 3.3 3.8
0.9
10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only)
 2.8
N/A
2.4
    1.9
1.9
   3.5
Gold (per ounce)
     2.8
3.9
       7.9
4.3 -3.4 3.8
Bloomberg Commodity Index
0.1
-0.8
       3.4
   -4.4
   -8.7
-7.9
DJ Equity All REIT Total Return Index
-4.0 -10.0 3.7 0.9 6.3
6.1
S&P 500, Dow Jones Global ex-US, Gold, Bloomberg Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; the DJ Equity All REIT Total Return Index does include reinvested dividends and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods.
Sources: Yahoo! Finance, Barron’s, djindexes.com, London Bullion Market Association.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable.


HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND ON HEATHCARE? After last week, we could all use some good news. Here are 10 intriguing headlines from the Good News Network:


1. Scientists Believe They Found a Way to Stop Future Hurricanes in Their Tracks

2. Strangers Rally Around 13-Year-old Whose Rock Museum was Robbed

3. Dog that Shoplifted a Book on ‘Abandonment’ is Given the Love It was Asking For

4. Stranger Becomes Honorary Grandma After She Opens Home to Stranded Father in Distress

5. We’re Not Spinning a Yarn Here: Knitting May Boost Health and Happiness

6. Robot Becomes Part of the Community After Easing Daily Burden of Water
Collection in Remote Village

7. Instead of Using Trees, Scientists are Making Sustainable Paper Out of Manure

8. World’s First Mass-Produced, 3D-Printed Car is Electric and Costs Under $10K

9. This Pollution-Gobbling City Bench Can Absorb as Many Toxins as 275 Trees

10. Free Clothing Hung on Streets to Help the Homeless Stay Warm

There is a lot of good news in the world. Unfortunately, it doesn’t pack a wallop like bad news does, so we hear less about it.


Weekly Focus - Think About It

“When the weather changes, nobody believes the laws of physics have changed. Similarly, I don't believe that when the stock market goes into terrible gyrations its rules have changed.”
                                                                             --Benoit Mandelbrot, Mathematician and polymath


Best regards,

Womack Investment Advisers, Inc.


WOMACK INVESTMENT ADVISERS, INC.
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California Office: 4660 La Jolla Village Dr., Ste. 100 - San Diego, CA 92122
Phone (405) 340-1717 - Toll Free (877) 340-1717
Website:  www.womackadvisers.com



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* These views are those of Carson Group Coaching, and not the presenting Representative or the Representative’s Broker/Dealer, and should not be construed as investment advice.
* This newsletter was prepared by Carson Group Coaching. Carson Group Coaching is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer.
* Government bonds and Treasury Bills are guaranteed by the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value. However, the value of fund shares is not guaranteed and will fluctuate.
* Corporate bonds are considered higher risk than government bonds but normally offer a higher yield and are subject to market, interest rate and credit risk as well as additional risks based on the quality of issuer coupon rate, price, yield, maturity, and redemption features.
* The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. You cannot invest directly in this index.
* All indexes referenced are unmanaged. Unmanaged index returns do not reflect fees, expenses, or sales charges. Index performance is not indicative of the performance of any investment.
* The Dow Jones Global ex-U.S. Index covers approximately 95% of the market capitalization of the 45 developed and emerging countries included in the Index.
* The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the U.S. Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market.
* Gold represents the afternoon gold price as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. The gold price is set twice daily by the London Gold Fixing Company at 10:30 and 15:00 and is expressed in U.S. dollars per fine troy ounce.
* The Bloomberg Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998.
* The DJ Equity All REIT Total Return Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones.
* Yahoo! Finance is the source for any reference to the performance of an index between two specific periods.
* Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice and are not intended as investment advice or to predict future performance.
* Economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted and there can be no guarantee that strategies promoted will be successful.
* Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investing involves risk, including loss of principal.
* You cannot invest directly in an index.
* Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal.
* Consult your financial professional before making any investment decision.
* To unsubscribe from the Womack Weekly Commentary please reply to this email with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line or write us at megan@womackadvisers.com.
Sources:
https://www.barrons.com/articles/why-did-dow-drop-1-400-pick-your-poison-1521852744 (or go to https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/peakcontent/+Peak+Commentary/03-26-18_Barrons-Why_Did_Dow_Drop_1400-Pick_Your_Poison-Footnote_1.pdf)
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-loss-aversion/
http://money.cnn.com/2002/09/25/pf/investing/agenda_brain_short/index.htm
https://www.consumerreports.org/interest-rate/fed-rate-hike-your-money/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/22/politics/donald-trump-china-tariffs-trade-war/index.html
https://www.brookings.edu/research/tracking-turnover-in-the-trump-administration/
https://www.ft.com/content/e4e95b6c-2dac-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381 (or go to https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/peakcontent/+Peak+Commentary/03-26-18_FinancialTimes-Chiefs_Hubris_Steered_Cambridge_Analytica_to_Data_Scandal-Footnote_7.pdf)
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-data-breach-affected-880000-people-and-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-facebook-2018-03-24
https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-stop-sharing-facebook-data-after-cambridge-analytica-mess/
http://www.barrons.com/mdc/public/page/9_3063-economicCalendar.html?mod=BOL_Nav_MAR_other (Click on U.S. & Intl Recaps, then "Factory sector accelerates, housing prices climb") (or go to https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/peakcontent/+Peak+Commentary/03-26-18_Barrons-Factory_Sector_Accerlerates-Housing_Prices_Climb-Footnote_10.pdf)
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/scientists-believe-they-found-a-way-to-stop-future-hurricanes-in-their-tracks/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/strangers-rally-around-13-year-old-whose-rock-museum-was-robbed/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dog-shoplifts-book-on-abandonment/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/stranger-becomes-honorary-grandma-after-she-opens-home-to-stranded-father-in-distress/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/were-not-spinning-a-yarn-here-knitting-may-boost-health-and-happiness/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/robot-becomes-part-of-the-community-after-easing-daily-burden-of-water-collection-in-remote-village/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/instead-of-using-trees-scientists-are-making-sustainable-paper-out-of-manure/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/worlds-first-mass-produced-3d-printed-car-is-electric-and-costs-under-10k/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/this-pollution-gobbling-city-bench-absorbs-as-much-co2-as-275-trees/
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/free-clothing-hung-on-streets-to-help-the-homeless/
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/benoit_mandelbrot_301439

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What's the Main Reason You Don't Save Money?


Do you have at least $10,000 saved for retirement?  If so, congratulations, you’ve managed to put away more than 40% of all working-age Americans.  A recent survey from Bankrate.com found that despite the brisk jobs market and increasing wages, Americans still aren’t saving much.  Only 16% of survey respondents stated they saved at least the recommended 15% of their earnings, while 40% report saving none to just 5%.  Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate stated that while the economy might be prospering now, it won’t last forever.  “With a steady, significant share of the working population saving nothing or relatively little, it's virtually guaranteed that they'll be unable to afford a modest emergency expense or finance retirement," Hamrick said.  The main reason American’s aren’t saving?  Expenses.  It seems obvious that “Expenses” would be a prime reason for not saving among those on the lower rungs of the income ladder, but shockingly, “Expenses” is also the biggest reason why members of the upper middle class don’t save enough as well.  These folks live beyond their means in McMansions, take hugely expensive frequent vacations, eat out too often and drive unnecessarily fancy automobiles.  Bankrate’s blunt advice: downsize your house, sell the cars, stay home more often and – most importantly – live below your means so that there’s always something left over to save.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Womack Weekly Commentary: March 19, 2018

WOMACK WEEKLY COMMENTARY
Renew. Regenerate. Refocus.
March 19, 2018
THE MARKETS

It’s a good time for a gut check.

Last week, after sliding lower for four days, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index recouped some of its losses on Friday. The reasons behind the week’s poor showing were diverse. Barron’s reported:

“The market is so discombobulated right now that it can’t even decide what it’s afraid of. What do we mean? When the Standard & Poor’s 500 index suffered its first correction since the beginning of 2016 last month, the cause was easily identified – a good old-fashioned inflation scare caused by a larger-than-expected increase in wages and a rapidly rising 10-year Treasury yield, which almost hit 3 percent…Fast-forward more than a month and those fears seem almost quaint.”
 Those fears included:
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s subpoena of the Trump Organization.
  • The effects of recent tariffs and the possibility of trade wars.
  • The departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
  • The Atlanta Fed revised its GDPNow Forecast downward for the first quarter of 2018. Weakness in consumer spending, net exports, and inventory investment offset gains in private fixed-investment growth.
  • The Commerce Department reported weak retail sales for the third month in a row. Economists had expected sales to rise.
Here’s the thing: During 2017, volatility settled at historically low levels and stock markets charged ahead. As a result, it was relatively easy for investors to become sanguine about risk. You could say 2017 made investing seem as mundane as driving across the flatlands of the Plains states. It’s possible 2018 will be more like traveling icy switchbacks through the Rocky Mountains.

No matter what happens in the months to come, it's a good time to reassess your risk tolerance and make sure it aligns with your financial goals and asset allocation.


Data as of 3/16/18
1-Week
Y-T-D
1-Year
3-Year
5-Year
10-Year
Standard & Poor's 500 (Domestic Stocks)
    -1.2%
2.9%
15.6%
9.8%
12.1%
 8.0%  
Dow Jones Global ex-U.S.
0.2
0.7
16.6 5.5 4.2
1.3
10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only)
 2.9
N/A
2.5
    2.1
2.0
   3.3
Gold (per ounce)
    -0.8
1.1
       6.6
4.4 -4.0 2.6
Bloomberg Commodity Index

-0.7
-0.9
       2.9
   -3.5
   -8.7
-8.2
DJ Equity All REIT Total Return Index
1.3 -6.2 1.5 3.7 7.2
7.5
S&P 500, Dow Jones Global ex-US, Gold, Bloomberg Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; the DJ Equity All REIT Total Return Index does include reinvested dividends and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods.
Sources: Yahoo! Finance, Barron’s, djindexes.com, London Bullion Market Association.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable.


HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND ON HEATHCARE? Healthcare costs have been going up for a long time. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported annual health spending – healthcare paid for through private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or out-of-pocket spending by businesses, households and governments – in the United States averaged $3.3 trillion in 2016.

That’s about $10,348 per person. It’s a significant amount even before you consider the median income in the United States was about $57,600 that year.

Here’s another perspective: Healthcare spending was equal to almost one-fifth (17.9 percent of GDP) of everything the United States economy produced during 2016 (Gross Domestic Product – GDP – measures the value of all goods and services produced in a country). That’s more than U.S. manufacturing produced (11.7 percent of GDP) during 2016. Add in retail (5.9 percent of GDP) and the total is just shy of spending on healthcare.


The cost of healthcare is important not just because it’s high, but because it’s a critical aspect of retirement planning. A retirement plan is built around a horizon, which is the number of years you expect retirement to last. It’s a difficult number to think about because it’s a reflection of how long you expect to live.

In general, the planning horizon for women should be longer than the planning horizon for men. Women tend to live longer, and that means their healthcare costs may be considerably higher. About $79,000 higher, according to one estimate that found a healthy 55-year-old woman could pay almost $523,000 in healthcare expenses (Medicare Parts A, B, D, a supplemental policy F, dental, and all out-of-pocket expenses) during retirement.


There are a variety of approaches that may help cover the expense – even if you’re closing in on retirement. A retirement planning strategy that factors in healthcare expenses with an appropriate planning horizon can help improve financial stability in your later years.


Weekly Focus - Think About It

“We're optimistic about ourselves, we're optimistic about our kids, we're optimistic about our families, but we're not so optimistic about the guy sitting next to us, and we're somewhat pessimistic about the fate of our fellow citizens and the fate of our country. But private optimism about our own personal future remains persistent. And it doesn't mean that we think things will magically turn out okay, but rather that we have the unique ability to make it so."

  --Tali Sharot, Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
Best regards,

Womack Investment Advisers, Inc.


WOMACK INVESTMENT ADVISERS, INC.
Oklahoma / Main Office: 1366 E. 15th Street - Edmond, OK 73013
California Office: 4660 La Jolla Village Dr., Ste. 100 - San Diego, CA 92122
Phone (405) 340-1717 - Toll Free (877) 340-1717
Website:  www.womackadvisers.com


Are you prepared for the eventual market volatility?

 
Be prepared and have a plan. Watch our new video above on successful investing, and receive a free report on how much risk you should be taking.

Womack Investment Advisers, Inc. (WIA) is a registered investment adviser whose principal office is located in Oklahoma. Womack Investment Advisers, Inc. is also registered in the State of California, the State of Illinois, the State of Indiana, and the State of Texas. WIA only transacts business in states where it is properly registered, or excluded, or exempted from registration requirements.

P.S. Please feel free to forward this commentary to family, friends, or colleagues. If you would like us to add them to the list, please reply to this email with their email address and we will ask for their permission to be added.
* These views are those of Carson Group Coaching, and not the presenting Representative or the Representative’s Broker/Dealer, and should not be construed as investment advice.
* This newsletter was prepared by Carson Group Coaching. Carson Group Coaching is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer.
* Government bonds and Treasury Bills are guaranteed by the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value. However, the value of fund shares is not guaranteed and will fluctuate.
* Corporate bonds are considered higher risk than government bonds but normally offer a higher yield and are subject to market, interest rate and credit risk as well as additional risks based on the quality of issuer coupon rate, price, yield, maturity, and redemption features.
* The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. You cannot invest directly in this index.
* All indexes referenced are unmanaged. Unmanaged index returns do not reflect fees, expenses, or sales charges. Index performance is not indicative of the performance of any investment.
* The Dow Jones Global ex-U.S. Index covers approximately 95% of the market capitalization of the 45 developed and emerging countries included in the Index.
* The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the U.S. Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market.
* Gold represents the afternoon gold price as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. The gold price is set twice daily by the London Gold Fixing Company at 10:30 and 15:00 and is expressed in U.S. dollars per fine troy ounce.
* The Bloomberg Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998.
* The DJ Equity All REIT Total Return Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones.
* Yahoo! Finance is the source for any reference to the performance of an index between two specific periods.
* Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice and are not intended as investment advice or to predict future performance.
* Economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted and there can be no guarantee that strategies promoted will be successful.
* Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investing involves risk, including loss of principal.
* You cannot invest directly in an index.
* Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal.
* Consult your financial professional before making any investment decision.
* To unsubscribe from the Womack Weekly Commentary please reply to this email with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line or write us at megan@womackadvisers.com.
Sources:
https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EGSPC/history?p=%5EGSPC
https://www.barrons.com/articles/whipsawed-by-events-the-dow-drops-389-points-1521249865
( or go to https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/peakcontent/+Peak+Commentary/03-19-18_Barrons-Whipsawed_by_Events_the_Dow_Drops_389_Points-Footnote_2.pdf)
https://www.frbatlanta.org/cqer/research/gdpnow.aspx
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/14/retail-sales-decline-for-third-straight-month-in-february.html
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/markets-story-2017-fake-news-real-returns-162747489.html
https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/index.html
https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systems/statistics-trends-and-reports/nationalhealthexpenddata/nhe-fact-sheet.html
https://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=56&step=2&isuri=1#reqid=56&step=51&isuri=1&5602=5
(Click on Value Added By Industry, then select U. Value Added by Industry as Percentage of Gross Domestic Product) ( or go to https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/peakcontent/+Peak+Commentary/03-19-18_BureauOfEconomics-U_Value_Added_by_Industry_as_a_Percentage_of+GDP-Footnote_8.pdf)
http://www.hvsfinancial.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Women_Retirement_Health_Care.pdf
https://www.ted.com/talks/tali_sharot_the_optimism_bias/transcript#t-141213

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Very Constructive Jobs Report



As the number of jobs created by the U.S. economy blew away Wall Street expectations, one of the most notable aspects of the report was the strong rebound in the construction industry.  Last month over 60,000 jobs were created and the sector has added 185,000 jobs over the past four months.  The rebound in construction bodes well for the U.S. economy as the housing market is a key pillar in the strength of the overall economy.  On the other hand, the billionaires in Silicon Valley actually subtracted from employment gains, with a net loss of 12,000 jobs in the “Information” category.