Investment Planning Insights

Debunking the Myth: Why an Inverted Yield Curve Doesn’t Always Spell Recession

In the world of finance, few indicators strike fear into the hearts of investors quite like the dreaded inverted yield curve. It's often hailed as an ominous harbinger of economic downturns, sending shockwaves through markets and sparking widespread concern. But does an inverted yield curve truly signify an impending recession every time? Let's delve into this financial phenomenon and separate fact from fiction.

Beyond the Headlines: Lessons from the Magnificent 7

Throughout history, there always seems to be a new grouping of stocks receiving a fancy name after performing well. When hearing headlines about stocks like this, a common question that arises is: why not just buy those select stocks? Here at Greenspring, we believe in utilizing pooled investment vehicles like mutual funds or ETFs, where you still get exposure to popular stocks but are much more diversified and face less risk.

Fleeting Fad or Future Fortune – The New Bitcoin ETFs are Here

While Greenspring likes some alternative assets and has included them in our client portfolios over the years, we do not think Bitcoin merits a dedicated portion of an investment portfolio. Bitcoin is almost pure speculation with little intrinsic value.  Unlike stocks and bonds, there are no profits, dividends or interest, and the price is based only on what a buyer is willing to pay.

When Economic Uncertainty Comes, Stick to Your Investment Plan

It seems like we cannot go a day without hearing questions about a recession. Will we enter a recession, how long will it last, and how bad will it be? No one truly knows the answer to any of those questions, but we thought we would look at one of the favorite data points economists tend to look at in order to identify upcoming recessions, the Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Index, and whether it has any predictive ability on stock returns.

September 2022 Market Commentary

For 2022, it may feel like the theme has been “nowhere to hide.” As this is written, the year-to-date performance of stocks is -22.17% and typically stable bonds are -13.54% through 9/22/2022. So, what is going on? While no one knows for sure what drives the stock and bond market in the very short-term, I think it is safe to say there are a few issues that are weighing on investors’ minds:

Three Things Retirees Can Do to Combat Inflation

Inflation, often referred to as “the hidden tax", is the thief in the night that slowly erodes the value of those hard-saved dollars. If you are retired and living on a fixed income source like Social Security and/or a pension, you are most vulnerable to inflation and its impact on your lifestyle.

The Myth About Holding Individual Bonds

“My bond pays me 6%.  It’s crazy that people own bonds yielding only 2%.” “My broker built a bond ladder of individual bonds.  As long as I hold until maturity, it can’t lose value.” You may have heard statements like this before.  If true, it certainly appears that holding individual bonds is superior to holding bonds via a mutual fund or ETF. But is it?

June 22nd Market Commentary

It's no secret that the markets are experiencing a challenging year with many wondering if we're nearing a recession. So we asked seasoned members of our Investment Committee, Pat Collins, CFP®, EA, and Greg Hobson, CFP®, AIF®, to speak to those challenges and lend some valuable perspectives based on what they've experienced during their respected careers.

DeFAANGed: A Nightmare on Wall Street

Goliath. Achilles. The bear from The Revenant. Powerful, imposing, and victorious as these legendary figures became, their mighty falls remain infamous…