Here’s a letter that we shared today with our clients, friends and prospects. I’m posting it in hopes that you might find some value in it.
As the summertime fun draws nearer to its final days, I hope that you’ve been able to take some time to get out there and relax with your families.
The markets have been kind over the summer and have given us much to be optimistic about. But if you’ve heard or listened to the never ending supply of prognosticators out there, you’d think that the market was about to fall out of the sky any day now. As I’ve mentioned before, while it seems that the market may have gotten ahead of itself a bit, and the fundamental economic factors may not fully support such a bullish run, I don’t see anything that supports a return to anywhere near the March lows. However, there’s a “but” to be mentioned.
A few technical signs have developed over the last few days that signal that the current market may be a bit overbought, and therefore may be ripe for some profit taking. I therefore want to caution you that we may see a correction of sorts come September, perhaps in the range of 3-5%, maybe more. However, I believe that based on all of the improving economic reports, we will eventually resume our uptrend and I predict that we will see double-digit gains come year-end. The funny thing is though, my crystal ball did not come with a money back guarantee, so please accept my prediction solely for its entertainment value rather than anything to rely or invest on.
The month of September traditionally has not been kind to the stock markets, so please be prepared for some bumpiness. Should we see an overall deterioration or any hint of a so called double-dip recession, we will take appropriate protective action for our client portfolios. But right now, all signs point to a very slow economic recovery over the next year.
Some Money Saving Tips:
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1st Time Home Buyer’s Credit: If you know of a 1st time home buyer (anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the last three years), they have until November 30 to close on a home and get a refundable 10% tax credit up to $8,000. They get this money back even if they owe no federal income tax. But since banks are taking upwards of 60 days to close a deal, getting to an agreement by the end of September is essential so the buyer does not miss out on the tax credit. See http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/2009/index.html for more details on this credit.
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Funny Quote: “The United States has developed a weapon that destroys people but leaves buildings standing. It’s called the stock market.” -Jay Leno
Please enjoy the last few days of summer and your Labor Day weekend.
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Sam H. Fawaz CFP®, CPA is president of YDream Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor and can be found at http://www.ydfs.com. All material presented herein is believed to be reliable, but we cannot attest to its accuracy. Investment recommendations may change and readers are urged to check with their investment advisors before making any investment decisions. Opinions expressed in this writing by Sam H. Fawaz are his own, may change without prior notice and should not be relied upon as a basis for making investment or planning decisions. No person can accurately forecast or call a market top or bottom, so forward looking statements should be discounted and not relied upon as a basis for investing or trading decisions.