360 Insights

  • Be Right or Make Money?

    It’s that time of year when all of Wall Street makes their predictions on where the markets are headed in 2019. But beware, you are being sold something and you may not recognize it. Plus, as bulls and bears continue their tango, we ask “Now What”? Evidence exists for both positive and negative outcomes, so...

  • You’re a Mean One…

    Market stress continues, as the S&P 500 has fallen over 13% this month, and is on track to be the worst December in history. When used effectively, cash can be an incredibly effective way to manage risks during times of stress like we’re in now. We explore these uses, and look at whether the Grinch...

  • Nowhere to Run

    Over the past 18 months, we have been preparing portfolios for what we view as the inevitable risk that assets begin to move in sync with one another. This is typical late cycle behavior, and one that poses difficulty for traditional portfolio management. This is now occurring, and we continue to place a premium on...

  • Don’t be a Turkey

    In his excellent book “Black Swan”, Nassim Taleb wrote: “A turkey is fed for a thousand days by a butcher; every day confirms to the turkey’s staff of analysts that butchers love turkeys ‘with increased statistical confidence.’ The butcher will keep feeding the turkey until a few days before Thanksgiving. Then comes that day when...

  • Elections and Volatility

    Midterm elections occur next Tuesday, and there is plenty of discussion on how the outcome may affect stock prices. But what does the data tell us from previous elections? Also, volatility, whether due to elections or not, is a common measure of risk. But is the “VIX” the best way to analyze it? Election Insights...

  • The Butterfly Effect

    Chaos Theory is a branch of mathematics that focuses on the behavior of complex, dynamic systems such as the weather, fluid mechanics and financial markets. A popular expression from this theory tells of a butterfly that flaps its wings in China and causes a hurricane in Texas. What could be the butterfly in today’s markets?...