March 1, 2018

Bad News? Good News? Who Can Say?

Waddell & Associates

Bad News? Good News? Who Can Say?


With so much bad news out there, this quarter lets us focus on whether bad news can really be good news. Here are some scary headlines you’ve probably seen lately – bad news? Or good news?


• Interest rates rising – bad for bond prices & eventually bad for stock values? Or good for savers & indicative of a healthy growing economy?

• Inflation higher – input costs rising & profits lower? Wages rising so workers have more money to spend & sales increase also?

• Tariffs – a threat to economic growth? Or a negotiating tactic to eliminate trade barriers?

• Bearish sentiment high – pessimism drives prices down? Or prices down & time to buy?

• Robots – taking our jobs away? Or stuff I buy is cheaper & manufacturing stays in U.S.?

• Oil prices higher – my road trip costs more? But energy prices drive SP500 higher?

• US $ is down – my imported goods cost more? But U.S. sells more goods abroad?

• US $ is up – hurts U.S. exports? But my $ buys me more abroad?

• Stock market is down – bad for sellers? Good for buyers?

• Stock market begins 10th year of recovery – is it the end of this business cycle? Or healthy recovery extended due to lower rate of growth & interest rates rising slowly?

• U.S. government spending up & deficits increasing – requires more debt to be issued? But increased spending spurs economy in late stage?

• Corporate tax cuts – negatively impacts muni bond market as corporations buy fewer munis? Or good for the stock market as corporate after-tax earnings rise?

• BREXIT – triggered stock market panic in 2016? But is it galvanizing the EU in 2018?

• Flat or inverted yield curve – past signal of recession? Or now a broken barometer?

• Amazon Prime – limiting price competition? Or is easy shopping so worth the cost?


First-quarter 2018 was a bumpy ride of good news and bad news. The W&A Global Equity model declined (2.1%)* & the W&A Global Fixed Income model increased +0.1%.

Bad news? Good news? Who can say? What we can say for sure is that we will work with you to devise a financial plan that is comfortable for you and your family knowing that good news & bad news is not always clear.




* The performance information provided is for informational purposes only. The results are unaudited & represent composite returns, net of fees. Additional information on composite returns presented can be obtained by contacting W&A. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results, and investments carry the risk of loss, including the risk of loss of invested capital.


Sources: The Wall St Journal, Advisor Perspectives, The New York Times, Bloomberg & other publicly available web sites.
Author: Senior Vice President Senior Wealth StrategistPhyllis had been associated with W&A for a number of years before joining the firm, acting as a consultant to the company in its formative stage and subsequently as a client. Prior to joining W&A, Phyllis served as Vice President, Corporate Finance at Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. She was involved in all aspects of its investment banking activities, including mergers and acquisitions, valuation studies, and initial public offerings. She earned registrations in NASD Series 7 (Registered Representative) and Series 63 (Blue Sky). Phyllis holds an MBA in Finance as well as M.Ed and BBA degrees from the University of Memphis. She is a Chartered Financial AnalystTM(CFA®) and a Certified Financial PlannerTM(CFP®) Licensee. She is past-Chairman and past-President of the Mid-South Society of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and served on their Board of Directors from 1995 to 2000. During her term as President in 1998, the Mid- South Society of FPA was chosen the Outstanding Society of the Year by the national FPA organization. Her community volunteer activities include MIFA and the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, where she served as Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee and currently chairs the Investment Committee. She also serves on the Board of Governors of The Seaside Institute in Seaside, FL.


Phyllis R. Scruggs

Senior Vice President

Senior Wealth Strategist

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