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Bonds have risk that you should be aware of

by Gregory Schaffer on Aug 31, 2018


Changes in the economy and interest rates can have a big impact on your fixed-income portfolio. As interest rates rise, bond fund values become less and vice-versa. Also the longer the duration of the bond, the more volatile this concept is so in a rising interest rate environment, it is wise to keep your bond as low as possible to avoid losing principal. Your financial advisor can help you build a portfolio that’s right for you based on your goals and how much risk you’re comfortable with taking.

Rising Interest Rates Slows Housing Market!

by Gregory Schaffer on May 25, 2018

Real Estate

Mortgage Rates RISING!!!

Home sales are slowing, could be rising mortgage rates or low housing inventory but all asset classes have cycles and housing will in my opinion slow down with rates rising regardless.

The past week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased from 4.61% to 4.66%, the highest level since May 2011, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday. The rate is up from 3.95% at the start of the year and a recent low of 3.78% last September.

Investors Seem To Not Care About Valuations

by Gregory Schaffer on Aug 22, 2017

Market Commentary

According to widely used valuation metrics, the current stock market is more overvalued now than during most of the bull markets since 1900. However investors continue to maintain high exposures of risk to this very long bull market. 46% of money managers say the market is overvalued, yet the percentage who say they are overweight equities has remained unchanged. Weaker earnings in my opinion will be a catalyst to start the Bear market.