“From the Desk of Michael Sheldon” In 1934 Ben Graham wrote that “The prime purpose of a business corporation is to pay dividends to its owners. A successful company is one that can pay dividends regularly and presumably increase the rate as time goes on.” Benefits of Dividend Paying Stocks Looking back […]
“From the Desk of Michael Sheldon, CIO” Every month the Conference Board releases an economic report called the Monthly Leading Economic Index (LEI). The report was first released in 1953 and is a composite of 10 indicators that tend to move up or down ahead of changes in the overall economy. The index consists of […]
“From the Desk of Michael Sheldon, CIO” – The March 2017 employment report generated an increase of 98,000 jobs (89,000 for the private sector) versus estimates looking for a gain of approximately 180,000. – The disappointing 98,000 increase in non-farm payrolls in March may be seized upon by some as an indication that the US […]
“From the Desk of Michael Sheldon, CIO” We are sometimes asked by investors why we should bother with diversification when after all, the S & P 500 has been the best performing asset class (on the equity side of our portfolio) for the past several years. Investors who do not believe in portfolio diversification point […]
“From the Desk of Michael Sheldon, CIO” On March 27th the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed lower for the 8th straight session. For market historians this is the first time this has happened since 1978. However, before we sound the alarm bells it’s important to put things in perspective. Over the past several days from the […]
“From the Desk of Michael Sheldon, CIO” On March 15th, to the surprise of almost no one in financial markets, the Federal Reserve Bank rate setting committee (the FOMC) raised short term rates for the third time this cycle. For the second time in three months, the FOMC increased its benchmark short term […]
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