Since the financial meltdown in 2008, the Federal Reserve has instituted 2 major policies. The first policy was to lower the Federal Funds interest rate to virtually zero and keep it there. The Fed has kept interest rates between 0% and 0.25% for the last six years. To keep interest rates this low for this long is unprecedented.
The 4th quarter of 2014 and the 1st quarter of 2015, when taken together, show a good example of the value of diversification. During October, November, and the first part of December the price of crude oil dropped precipitously. This unusually large drop in the price of oil effected many parts of the market. However, the three market sectors hit the hardest were:
In 2014 the media was filled with news about the Dow Jones Industrial Average setting record after record high. It closed on December 26th over 18,000 for the first time ever. However, on Jan 6, 2015 the Dow closed at 17,371 – a 667 point drop (-3.7 %) in 5 trading days.
Many of you may remember your parents saying, “Never put all your eggs in one basket.” There is great wisdom in those words, especially in the investment world. If you translate the above quote into investment language it would be, “Never put all your money in only one asset class.”
As we move into the final months before its implementation, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. We know this is a politically charged issue. We are sending you this commentary, not to remark on the politics of this situation, but to outline how the law could affect you.