The Benedict Brief:
February 2020

The fears surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak have been building for the last few weeks, but those fears just hit the market this week. The markets have experienced a sharp selloff …

Twelve Years with No Gain

Do you have an investment strategy that can survive twelve years with no stock market gains? Is your basic investment strategy to invest in some sort of index fund that …

The Big Just Keep Getting Bigger

Below is a diagram from Ritholtz Wealth Management that shows the top five companies by market value of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index and compares them to the smallest …

The Rich Guys

If you have traveled around the country a little, you may have toured the “estates” of some rich corporate barons from the past. The Carnegie Mansion, the Biltmore Estate, The …

One Trillion Dollars

On August 2nd of this year, the market value of Apple (AAPL) exceeded the one trillion-dollar mark. For those of you who are numerically challenged, that figure is $1,000,000,000,000.00. The …

October = Market Volatility?

In case you haven’t noticed, we have experienced increased market volatility in October. What is going on? Why is this happening? Will it continue? Let’s review what has happened recently …