GCSB Investment Center originated in 2002 to provide investment and retirement products to clients interested in exploring their financial options. Through IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp, we offer a wide variety of products including individual, retirement and corporate investment accounts. Whether planning for retirement, a child’s upcoming college tuition or to review your current investment strategy, now is a great time to sit down with our Financial Advisor. We will review your portfolio and make recommendations at no cost and with no obligation.
Three cases for how reactions to “headlines” affected clients during the downturn of 2008-09...
[+] Full Article The Fed Decides to Wait - 09/18/15
In a tough time for equities, it elects not to roil the markets. On Thursday, the Federal Reserve postponed raising short-term interest rates. Citing “global economic and financial developments” that could “somewhat” impair economic progress and lessen inflation pressure, the Federal Open Market Committee voted 9-1 against a rate hike, with Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker being the lone dissenter. This spring, a September rate hike seemed probable – but during this past week, assumptions grew that the central bank would put off tightening. On Wednesday, the futures market put the likelihood of a rate hike at less than 30%. The latest economic indicators did not suggest the time was right.
[+] Full Article Keeping All This Volatility in Perspective - 09/11/15
Fall might be anything but calm on Wall Street. Volatility is back, in a big way: the CBOE VIX has risen more than 105% since the end of July. Additionally, 11 of the 15 trading days ending September 9 were “all or nothing” days in which more than 80% of the S&P 500 moved either higher or lower. In the last 25 years, the index has not had a 15-day period like this. Contrast that with the first 159 trading days of 2015, in which just 13 such days occurred according to Bespoke Investment Group research. In fact, during the first half of 2015 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was never more than 3.5% up or down YTD, on pace for the most placid year in its history. This turbulence may persist for several more weeks or months. How does an investor cope with it? It helps to put all of this recent volatility into perspective.
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