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October 2019 Viridian Market Update

October 14, 2019

By Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder. Summary:  Though returns are strong year-to-date, stocks are hardly in a screaming bull market. In fact, bonds have actually outperformed most stock indices over the past year. The third quarter of 2019 saw a mixed performance among major equity (stock) indices.  Domestically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average…

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Q3 Viridian Market Commentary

August 5, 2019
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Written July 24, 2019 by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder. Summary:  Returns have been stellar through the first half of 2019.  We’re looking to take advantage of pullbacks. It has been an incredible first half of 2019.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (“Dow”) just experienced its best June since 1938, while the S&P…

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May 2019 Viridian Market Update

May 23, 2019

By Brian Johnson, Viridian Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder Market Commentary May 22, 2019 Summary:  Considerably more money has been flowing into bonds recently than into global equity (stock) markets.  That, plus continuing trade war escalation and some borderline indicators, are keeping us underweight equities in our Viridian Conservative and Viridian Balanced model portfolios. Although…

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April 2019 Viridian Market Update

April 18, 2019

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Viridian Shareholder. Summary:  Q1 was a great quarter.  We will likely continue to use market pullbacks to increase equity allocations. When we first reduced our equity allocations in July of 2018—from “overweight” stocks (where we had been since April of 2016) to a “neutral” stance—we did so…

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February 2019 Market Update

February 25, 2019

By Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder Summary: News has swung to the positive side, with many of the previous uncertainties having been resolved.  This, coupled with the Fed’s policy shift towards patience in raising rates, has led to markets rallying and nearing former highs.  We’ll likely use pullbacks or corrections as opportunities to…

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January 2019 Market Update

January 25, 2019

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary: The fourth quarter of 2018 was a nasty one for stocks. Through it, we have maintained our defensive positioning. We expect U.S. stock returns over the next 10-15 years to be substantially worse than the last 10 years. However, bond, cash, and international stock returns are projected to improve.…

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December 2018 Market Update

December 27, 2018

Written by  Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary:  The current market decline has yet to show signs that it is bottoming out.  It is likely, therefore, that we’ve further to go on the downside before stocks begin moving meaningfully higher again.  We’re glad that we reduced risk/stock exposure in our strategies twice this year –…

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November 2018 Market Update

November 29, 2018

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary: It’s been hard to find positive returns in 2018. We’ve made a number of allocation updates within our models to respond to the evolving landscape. If market and economic indicators continue deteriorating in the weeks and months ahead, we may reduce risk even more. Logistically, getting in…

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October 2018 Market Update

October 17, 2018

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary: Equity markets had a solid 3rd quarter, but they have become much more volatile recently. The bond market looks to have ended its 35+ year bull run (interest rates falling, bond prices rising). The recent volatility is a reminder of the importance of rebalancing portfolios. After a…

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September 2018 Market Update – A Few Thoughts

September 19, 2018

Written by Brian Johnson, Chief Investment Officer Summary: U.S. stocks (equities) remain in a secular (10-20 year) bull trend. International markets have not done as well recently, but they remain attractive for long-term investors. In lieu of an analysis of one aspect of the market, this month I’m sharing thoughts and interesting pictures on three…

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