We’ve reached the end of another week in the markets, and the halfway point in the month of July. Every month this year has felt the same. A couple up days mixed in with more down days, and strong reactions to every piece of economic data released. We’ll see how the rest of the year shakes out.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this morning:
- Margin investing, or taking on debt to invest, is very risky. It always seems to gain popularity during market peaks. And make matters worse on the way back down. In this week’s podcast, Tom and Casey discuss some recent events in the cryptocurrency space.
- In financial planning, we have to make a lot of assumptions about the future. Does it help to be aggressive with those assumptions or stick to a more conservative approach? Ben discusses what folks can realistically expect from stocks and bonds over the long-term.
- Markets are down across the board this year, and the S&P 500 in particular has seen its worst start to a year in nearly a century. This article discusses sentiment with investors and how it’s nearing historically pessimistic levels.
- Earlier this week we saw the June CPI number hit a level we haven’t seen since the 1980’s. This post talks about the negative impact inflation has on consumers, but also how inflation may be able to help some people.