Thoughts from an ugly week in the market

Wow! What a terrible week in the market! I would be the first to admit that I hate weeks like this . . . they stink! That said, they have to happen. It’s how the market works. The market cannot go up every week, every month, every year. A normal market has what’s called “corrections.” They are 10% pullbacks before the trend keeps moving upward . . . that’s most likely what we’re seeing now. We don’t need to re-hash what happened this week. All of you know that market was blasted 6% (down 7% off the all time high). Let’s discuss why it was down and what we’re thinking going forward. Reasons why the market was down. Interest Rates. The Fed minutes came out this week and pointed to a likely interest rate hike this year, possibly (and most likely) in September. Interest rates have been historically low for
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Three things to know when interest rates rise

As you know, unless you’ve been living under a rock, interest rates have been low for a historically long time. The forecast by many financial experts is that as the economy continues to improve the Fed will start the process of raising rates, potentially this September. This upcoming action by the Fed can be both good and bad thing. As investors it’s important that you understand what that impact may be, either good or bad so that you can look at your portfolio carefully for any risks that you may not be aware of. Here are three things that you must keep in mind as the Fed starts the process. 1. There will likely be some short term volatility. As the Fed meeting(s) take place and the rate decision comes out, you will most likely see some short term volatility in the market. No one knows whether that volatility is
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Is the global market volatility going to continue?

We just sent out our monthly newsletter. For those that have not subscribed, you will find it below. If you would like it emailed to you each month, subscribe by going to our website www.igga.com.   June and July have been a roller coaster in the markets. While that volatility can cause some people to be nervous, it can also create opportunities! Each month we produce a market commentary video that allows you . . . Insights as to what we’re thinking about the global markets. Strategy ideas for current market conditions. To set the proper expectations for the coming month(s). In this months market commentary video we discuss what happened in July (I think the positive returns may surprise you) and what may happen in August.     In addition to this months market commentary video, we created a new video called the “Future of the U.S. Dollar.” We
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The Future of the U.S. Dollar

There is a topic being discussed online, on the radio and on T.V. regarding the U.S. dollar. The topic is driving a TON of fear for people. It’s the notion that the U.S. dollar is going to lose its place as the worlds reserve currency causing a massive panic that will destroy our stock and commodity markets. In this video I address head on the reasons why this is such a hot topic and some of the facts surrounding it. The intent is to provide information that will allow you to make your own decision as to whether this is an actual topic to be fearful about. If you have any questions please reach out to me at brett@igga.dev  
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China is crashing. What should investors do?

The headlines have taken a turn the last few days. Greece was the focus last week with its default, its “no” vote to the referendum and its potential exit with the Euro. (We discussed Greece in detail in our market commentary video. If you haven’t watched it click here.) This week the focus has been almost all China. We have talked about China before in this blog and the attempts of the Chinese government to prop up the stock market. For those unaware of what the government has done and the result, let’s start the conversation out discussing with a quick review of the past year and current situation in China. China the past year and its current situation.  In the past year the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) launched a program called “Stock Connect.” This program linked the Shanghai and the Hong Kong markets. This allowed foreign investors to invest
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Is the bear making its move? What should investors do?

The last few weeks the global markets have been hit pretty hard. In June alone the S&P 500 was down nearly 3%! However this volatility was not unexpected (we talked about it in our June commentary). In fact we welcome this recent volatility! In our latest market commentary video we explain the following*: Review the global markets and sectors . . . is the bull market over? The current global fireworks including the turmoil (or dumpster fire) in Greece. How to take advantage of current market volatility: Different strategies for investing and trading. We end our video with some exciting news including some new services that Iron Gate Global Advisors will be rolling out in the near future. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out, email me at brett@igga.dev.      
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Global Market “Risk-on” or “Risk-off”?

Things are happening just like we said it would. In our latest market commentary video we said that you would hear some negative things about the market and economy and the market will increase in volatility. It should come as no surprise to those that listened because that’s exactly what is happening. Over the past week I’ve heard and read a lot of bearish comments about the economy and stock market . . . from rising rates will destroy the bull market to the notion that we are still recovering from the 2008 recession.  I hope you listened to the video and are heeding our advice as it shed light on how you should be reacting to what’s happening. To continue along the same theme in that market commentary video, there is a term in the market known as “risk-on” “risk-off.” When the market is “risk-on” people are more optimistic, the market is
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