Big Picture: Never A Greater Time To Be Alive

Please forgive another one of my brief digressions from markets and economics. However, I believe it’s important to exercise conscious gratitude. It is so easy to get caught up in the things we are chasing (e.g. the things we want or things we want to do) that we forget to be grateful for the things we have.

Looking at the big picture, there’s probably never been a better time to be alive. Continue reading “Big Picture: Never A Greater Time To Be Alive”

Too Early for a Victory Lap, but…

I’d like to review my comments on bonds over the last couple years. The financial media, and retail investors along with their advisors, tend to focus a lot on stocks as stock markets are perceived as “sexier” while the bond markets often receive the cold shoulder.

Honestly, this is largely the reason that bond and credit markets are “smarter” than the stock markets. After all, how many retail investors do you know that open a brokerage account so they can trade bonds? Almost none (I’ve never known a single retail investor to do this actually).

In other words, there’s a lot more retail money “investing” in the stock markets than in the bond markets.

With that being said, let me summarize some comments I’ve made regarding the bond markets over the last couple years and include a chart to see how those comments have stacked up. Continue reading “Too Early for a Victory Lap, but…”