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More Than a Sense of Hope: Unity in the Midst of Disaster

Life-changing events have a way of narrowing one’s perspective on what is actually important. The recent hurricane that took the path of the Crews family of banks has done just that for all of us here.

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Faith in the Long Run

Today’s Chart of the Day shows the S&P 500 index with recessions marked in red going all the way back to 1928.  

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The Crypto Hedge?

So far this year, we have experienced the longest “downturn” in terms of time since our last record high during The Great Recession.

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Beyond Profits

Today’s Chart of the Day shows the price of $100 invested in Beyond Meat, Inc. when the company went public in early 2019.

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Mid-Year Index vs. Active Update

Twice a year, S&P Dow Jones updates their SPIVA (S&P Indices Versus Active) report.

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Inflation vs. Stocks and Bonds

Today’s Chart of the Day comes from S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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45% to 59% Overvalue of Real Estate?

Today’s chart comes from Fortune, which shows the real estate markets that are “overvalued” based on the area's local incomes and construction costs.

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With Bonds All Things Are Equal

Today's Chart of the Day comes from an article in AAII.com (American Association of Individual Investors) and shows the average cumulative global corporate default rate from 1981-2021 in seven year spans.

A common misconception is that the yield you see from a bond portfolio is what you can expect to earn. However, this is a best case scenario as some of the bonds will ultimately default, causing a loss that reduces the yield.

In rough figures, if you take the weighted average default rate of all speculative/junk bonds and assume a 50% loss of principal of those bonds, over seven years this can reduce your total return by 2.9% annually.

The current yield to maturity on speculative/junk bonds is 7.6%. When you add in the historical loss of 2.9%, this reduces the total return to 4.7%, which happens to be the same yield of 4.7% in an investment grade bond with a similar maturity.

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Percentages On-Time

The Chart of the Day comes from Bloomberg. It's not a necessarily a financial chart, but instead shows percentages of on-time flights, and the amount of passengers traveled per airline.

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Requirements to Qualify for an SBA 504 Loan

Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans offer affordable financing to small businesses for financing large equipment or real estate purchases. Because of their low interest rates and long loan terms, this type of small business loan is an ideal option for owners who need to make large purchases. 

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