Economic Commentary

Outlook 2019

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Outlook 2019 - The Video

Old Expansions and Old Runners

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

I don’t run as fast as I was able thirty years ago, and neither should we expect the economy to grow at the same rates it increased three decades ago...

We live in colorful times.

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Time spent watching Red Skelton, the Honeymooners, and even Churchill’s funeral with Grandpa Roy planted lasting memories of a black and white world...

The Times are a-Changin’

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

When the volatility returned in February, it erased the market’s 5.62% January gain. Rarely does a year that begins with a positive return for the month of January end the year losing ground.

The Perils of Ignoring the Bull

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

The Dotcom Bubble burst in early 2000, killing the last secular bull market. Since then, we have had two major bear markets, one driven by economics and the other by financial panic.

If Trump is so bad, why is the market doing so good?

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

It sure looks and feels like a bull market. The S&P 500 Index set 25 new all-time highs through the first half of this year, and never once had a pullback or drop of as little as 5%.