Economic Commentary

Why Stocks Went Down When Oil Went Down

Equity markets descended in January alongside oil prices, while testing new lows with a visible increase in volatility. Oil’s dramatic price drop has been a catalyst for stock prices heading lower, a so-called correlation that has actually existed for years. There are various theories as to how oil and stock prices might be correlated, yet one of the most accepted revolves around macro economic global dynamics. Oil is the most traded and actively utilized commodity in the world whose consumption represents the economic activity worldwide. […]
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2014 – Interview with SeekingAlpha.com

This is the fourth piece in Seeking Alpha's Positioning for 2014 series. This year we have once again asked experts on a range of different asset classes and investing strategies to offer their vision for the coming year and beyond. As always, the focus is on an overall approach to portfolio construction.
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2013 in Review

The US stock market produced a record year in terms of performance, increasing over 34%. This was all despite some market headlines that seemed to be doom and gloom. The key events were as follows: Looking back at 2013 through key market indicators we see that there was relatively low volatility in 2013, a continued improvement in the housing market, very low inflation, and continued steady economic recovery. Corporate debt levels continued to decrease, consumer spending was up and the unemployment rate continued to show […]
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Casey Smith Interviewed at SeekingAlpha.com

Casey Smith, President of Wiser Wealth Management, was recently interviewed by seeking alpha.com about the firms investment strategy and his outlook into 2014. You can view the article here.
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Wiser Wealth’s 2013 Outlook – Interview by SeekingAlpha.com

Casey Smith is President of Wiser Wealth Management, a Marietta, Georgia-based fee-only fiduciary wealth management firm offering asset management, tax preparation, estate planning and financial planning services. Wiser’s unique investing techniques have earned Casey speaking engagements at top ETF conferences around the world. When not running Wiser Wealth, Casey doubles as a pilot for an Atlanta-based commercial airline.
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S&P: Romney Vs Obama Win

Standard and Poors recently released a white paper titled “Election 2012: A Time of Polarizing Politics & Heightened Uncertainty” by David B Mazza, head of ETF Investment Strategy, Americas. This paper does a great job of explaining how portfolios could be tweaked based upon who wins the White House. This is a question that we often get here at Wiser. Markets will adjust either way but there are some consequences to either side taking control. Click HERE to view the PDF. .
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Wiser Third Quarter Newsletter

Click here for the Wiser Wealth Quarter III 2011 client newsletter.     
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8/10/2011 Market Update

Stocks are overreacting to the unfortunate confluence of events: the downgrade of U.S. government bonds, some weaker than expected economic data, and the troublesome but manageable U.S. fiscal position. Along with sovereign debt issues threatening Europe, these factors turned market sentiment ugly.
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Letter to Clients – US Downgrade/Global Debt

No one likes to lose, especially money, even if it is just on paper. In times such as these, investor behavior is more important that asset allocation.
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Letter to Clients – Global Debt Crisis

The last few days have been very volatile ones for the global stock markets. The headlines of a Greek debt default and the US August 2 debt limit increase deadline are contributing to the uncertainty in the market.
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