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Our investment philosophy of Buy, Hold, and SELL! is designed to give us Unlimited Upside with a Tolerable Downside.

  • Trade Negotiations with China Are Front and Center.
  • The Federal Reserve’s Future Actions Continue to Concern the Market.
  • We Believe That These Two Issues Will Resolve Themselves in a Positive Way.
  • We Are Thankful That We Have a Sell Strategy.

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Trade Negotiations with China Are Front and Center.

If it seems like you have seen the two main bullet points for this week’s email before, it’s because you have. We could have simply cut and pasted them into this week’s email.

In our view, China and the Federal Reserve continue to be at the center of what is causing volatility in the stock markets.

At this writing, we don’t know if the meeting between President Trump and President Xi have borne any positive fruit, but certainly, most eyes are looking to see what happens.

We view this current state of affairs as the precursor for a trade deal as both sides get down to the serious business at hand. We believe that China does not want to be seen as losing face and they have to present a defiant tone publicly. However, the reality is that a trade war with the United States would devastate their economy and set them back years. A devastated economy would create millions of unemployed in China and could create great social unrest.

It is difficult for us to see that China wants to go there, and because of this, we see the trade negotiations resulting in a deal.

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  • How do I protect my retirement from the next market crash?
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  • Am I diversified the way I should be?
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  • How do I determine how much risk is appropriate for me?
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  • Should I rollover my 401(k)?
  • How do I reduce my income taxes in the future?

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The Federal Reserve’s Future Actions Continue to Concern the Market.

We believe that the biggest threat to the global economy is our own Federal Reserve. The volatility that we saw in November appears to have been a reaction to the Federal Reserve’s desire to raise interest rates again this year and three times next year.

With global debt at record levels and much of it denominated in U.S. dollars, the Fed’s actions not only affect what happens in our country but also in many others. If the Fed is only focusing on the United States economy, our inflation, our unemployment, and our growth, then they are ignoring the fact that as they raise interest rates, this puts a hardship on many emerging countries around the world.

If these countries experience enough hardship, they could default on their debt, and we view this as the trigger for a global economic crisis. Because of this, we view the Federal Reserve as the most dangerous financial institution on earth.

The chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, announced last week that interest rates were approaching “neutral.” As we see it, this was his face-saving way of saying that they have gotten the message, and they have changed their mind about raising interest rates as aggressively going forward.

We Are Thankful That We Have a Sell Strategy.

Without it, we would find it very difficult to justify investing in the stock market at this time. We believe there is still upside, but we also believe that when the downside comes, it could be very bad.

Our strategy enables us to participate in the upside as long as it lasts; it is also designed to get us out with tolerable losses when the trend changes.

And, we all know that the trend can change quickly and precipitously.

Click here to listen to this week’s podcast and hear the following topics:

  • Central Bank To The World
  • 18 Risks Faced In Retirement #13: Reemployment Risk
  • Social Security Questions
  • Buy-Hold Myth: You Are A Long-Term Investor
  • Estate Tip: Dynasty Trust

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Ken Moraif, CFP®, MBA