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When Is Good News Bad News? When There Is Too Much Good News? Weird, Right?

This morning I read that the US economy added 315,000 jobs in August extending a 20-month streak of jobs growth following the Covid recession of 2022 when 10M people lost their jobs. Over 525,000 jobs were added om July. Unemployment is solidly below 4%. This is good news, right? During the second quarter of 2022, over 75% of the companies making up the S&P 500 reported company profits above what they had been estimating. 70% of those same 500 companies have reported revenue higher than expected. Good news? This represents an earnings growth of over 13% from the same period in the previous year. This means that for the sixth straight quarter, year-over-year growth for the S&P 500 has been over 10%. More good news, right?

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July Was The Best Month Since 2020, Now What?

In July, the S&P 500 was up 9%, the DOW up over 2,069 pts (6.82%) and NASDQ up 12.4%. All markets are up 10 to 14% from their low points in mid-June but still down for the year. (1) Does this mean the Bear Market is over?

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The Stock Market Is Down; Now What?

Yup, the S&P 500 is down 23% as of June 17, 2022 from the value December 31, 2021. Footnote, this applies only if all your account is invested in the S&P 500. Many of you have seen your account decline by less. See Footnote (1) One question from an old-school risk tolerance questionnaire would ask: “If your $100,000 investment portfolio goes does in value by $23,000, what would you do: Sell everything and wait until things get better? Sell some of my riskier investments and invest in more conservative investments? Do nothing? Start buying with any available cash?

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