So how you doin?
Forget what talking heads say about the markets, unemployment, our economy and place in the world. Talking heads are just talking heads reading scripts.
What counts in all of this is how your investments are performing. Your own personal investments be they in retirement or personal accounts.
Mine aren’t up 14% like the NASDAQ was year-to-date as of last week. Or up 7% like the S&P 500. Nope. A couple of months ago my performance was better than either of those two figures. Now, I’m underwater for the year. Rats.
If you’re in a similar reward position, perhaps it’s time to do some thinking and answering a few questions like:
-Are the loses greater than I can handle? Like over 10% for each holding?
-Can I handle a 10% or 20% or more loss on any or on my overall holdings?
-No matter the size of the loss (or gain for that matter) do I still want to own these companies?
-How long was I planning on owning each security?
-If I decide to sell any of my positions, what kinds of costs will that incur—like taxes and commissions?
-Finally, what will I do with the proceeds?
Unless you’re a robot, deciding if and/or when to sell a stock takes some serious considerations.
Market Quick Glance
Year-to-date numbers have changed—and not in an upward direction.
Below are the weekly and 1-year index performance results for the four major indices—DJIA, S&P 500, NASDAQ and the Russell 2000— including the dates each reached new highs. Data if according to CNBC.com and based on prices at the close of business on Friday, Sept.7, 2018.
–DJIA 4.84% YTD down from previous week’s return of 5.04%.
- 1 yr Rtn 18.97% up from the previous week 18.30 %
Most recent DJIA all-time high was reached on January 26, 2018 of 26,616.71. The previous high was reached January 18, 2018 was 26,153.42.
-S&P 500 7.41% YTD down a lot from last week’s 8.52%
- 1 yr Rtn 16.41% down from last week’s 17.39%
The S&P 500 reached a BRAND NEW CLOSING ALL-TIME HIGH on August 29, 2018 of 2,916.50. The previous closing high was reached on August 24, 2018 of 2,876.16.
-NASDAQ 14.47% YTD way down from last week’s 17.47%
- 1yr Rtn 23.52% down from last week’s 26.15%
Nasdaq reached a BRAND NEW 52-week CLOSING HIGH on August 30, 2018 of 8,1333.30. The previous high was reached on August 24, 2018 of 7,949.71.
-Russell 2000 11.57% YTD way down from last week’s 13.37%
- 1yr Rtn 22.49% down from last week’s 23.87%
The Russell 2000 reached a BRAND NEW 52-week ALL-TIME HIGH on August 31, 2018 of 1,742.09. The previous high was reached on August 24, 2018 of 1,726.97.
And we are down.
At the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 6,2018, the average total return for funds that fall under the U.S. Diversified Equity Funds heading was 8.26% That’s down from the previous week’s 9.12 %, according to Lipper.
Small-Cap Growth Funds still lead the performance way while off a bit from the previous week—21.10%. The week before that figure was 21.86%.
Around the world, the average World Equity Fund return fell substantially: the average fund under this heading was down -5.14% ending last week. The week previous that figure was -2.04%.
Visit www.allaboutfunds.com for more information about how various equity and fixed-income funds have rewarded investors over the short-and long-term, based upon Lipper data. Short-term meaning weekly and monthly performance returns; longer-term includes quarterly, year-to-date, 1-yr, 2-yr, 3-yr and 5-yr returns.
From CNBC’s “Trading Nation” program, B. Riley FBR’s Arthur Hogan thinks that if the U.S. works out its trade issues these three industries could be good for investors over the next 16 months:
Nothing earth shattering there.
On the other hand, Hogan expects the S&P 500 to hit 3200 by the end of 2019.
Time will tell.