Current Issue - December 2016

In Tromsø, Norway, what is called a Polar Night lasts from November through January. It's a time when the sun never shines. Unfortunately, an American Polar Night is going to follow the presidential election. Regardless of which candidate wins, the number of those in the outraged camp will be the highest many of us will have ever witnessed in our lifetime. When has America faced a situation where both major parties go to the polls with perhaps as much as 40% of their own party against the candidate, never mind the entire opposing team? All of which will lead to Washington gridlock. Zero will be accomplished for two years. It is hard to view this prospect as something stimulating for the financial markets, never mind the economy.

As I have written in recent issues, the economy is in the winter stage of the cycle. When will we know that the economy has entered recession? This month, I am reintroducing my Market Tension Index (MTI) to help you and I determine whether the economy is in recession. Also, make sure you take a look at my Funds Master List supplement this month—you will find a complete redesign. (Download the Master List PDF for the complete Mutual Funds & ETFs Master List.) The revamped Mutual Funds & ETFs Master List features the advised allocations for the Dynamic Maximizers and Cycle Allocator Plus portfolios that I introduced last month, my Featured Funds for this month, and so much more. Lastly, you'll get the name of my preferred vehicle for your compound-interest investment success. This year, the fund has been handily outperforming the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ Composite, with a return of 18.6% versus 5.9% and 3.6%, respectively. More >>

Economic Analysis - December 2016

Each month, I provide you with an Economic Analysis supplement to the issue. This supplement provides you with a bird's eye view of the indicators that I monitor on a regular basis. The incisive, story-telling charts included in this supplement are updated every month and range from "The Leaders" to "World Currency Reserves/World Gold Reserves." There will always be great new material as well as timely reference dates, and my comments spell out the meaning of each chart for you. Download in pdf format.

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December 08, 2016 You need a plan. That’s my #1 takeaway from Fidelity’s “Six Habits of Successful Investors.” One of the most common problems I come across when speaking with prospective clients of Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd., is their lack of a plan. A lot of times they own good stuff. But they don’t know how everything fits […] More »