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July-Here’s To Your Wealth

So far this year, the “sell in May and go away” strategy has been a flop as the U.S. stock market continues its summer rally. What might be more surprising is that some of the year’s biggest winners have been the emerging markets and high yield bonds. The high yield recovery is something we have written about; it is largely a result of these bonds recovering from an oversold condition brought about by the plunge in oil prices in 2015.

The emerging market story, however, is a bit more complicated. The positive outlook we have seen recently has been driven by a forecast for higher earnings among developing nations. Many more developed markets have less rosy profit forecasts. This is particularly alarming given that many developed countries have been engaging in economic stimulus through their (near) zero percent interest rate policy. These low rates are designed to revive sluggish economic growth but they are not achieving their objective.

There are several reasons for the resurgence of the emerging markets. For starters, political risks, normally the domain of smaller, lesser developed countries, are now spreading to the developed world. Analysts have pointed to increasing global uncertainty linked to the spread of terrorism and the political backlash that may follow. In addition, firmer oil and commodity prices also tend to help many of these developing economies. The drag of regulation, a cost to businesses, is also more pronounced in developed markets relative to the newer upstarts. Add all that to the favorable valuations from years of under-performance, and emerging markets have been one of the hottest places.Globe

As usual, there is a counter argument, and that can been seen in concern about China’s debt levels, the recent coup attempt in Turkey, tensions in the south China Sea, and the risk of oil prices retreating again, especially if the global economy drags.

Our feeling is to wait this one out. Stick closer to home and don’t overweight this area. Like any family, the United States has issues, and they are certainly being made public at the recent political conventions, but, as the saying goes, we are the cleanest dirty shirt in the closet.

QUOTE OF The Day:  As I get older, I get smaller. I see other parts of the world I didn’t see before. Other points of view. I see outside myself more. Neil Young

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Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®.


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Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

About Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

I am the Founder and President of Potomac Wealth Advisors, an independent financial advisory firm headquartered in Rockville, MD and also the author of Countdown To Financial Freedom, Your Path to a Meaningful, Active and Vibrant Retirement. In addition, my commentary on the markets and the issues facing investors has appeared on the Fox Business Network and in USA Today, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Previously, I was a Senior Vice President in The Private Bank of Bank of America and a VP in the Corporate Banking Division of Mellon Bank. I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner, a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist and hold an MBA degree from Rutgers University. I am a proponent of financial education, and have been an adjunct professor of finance at The University of Maryland University College. For more information please visit my website, You can contact me at 301-279-2221 or at


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