Strong growth is a matter of perspective, and when your basis of comparison is a decrease of 20 to 30 percent, even zero growth is strong by a matter of comparison.
Many economist and market watchers have been proclaiming an end to the bull market for months and the recent drops have sent many investors scrambling for safety. Now that we have seen many indexes drop into “correction level” (a polite way of saying they have lost 10%) the big question is … [continued below video]
Guarantees, including optional benefits, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer, and may contain limitations, including surrender charges, which may affect policy values. During this segment, Dick and Eric are referring to Fixed Annuities unless otherwise specified.
[continued below]…are we poised for a new bull run or are we in for a more serious drop of another 10 to 20 percent or even far more?
Can you get strong growth from an annuity during a bear market? Certainly! You can even utilize a fixed annuity and typically **guarantee a fixed return of 2 to 3 percent at present rates. However, a fixed index annuity (hybrid style) can benefit from resetting during a bear market, which typically creates more growth potential because fixed index annuities can reset to a new lower indexing point during a bear market – they do not have to grow back to their high point to begin accumulating gains. According to various studies of past performance, index annuities have the realistic potential to earn from 4 to 6% interest annually while protecting principal!
Trying to time the market can be extremely difficult for professionals, especially for individual investors. Riding out a bear market for some is “un-bearable” – they cannot handle the emotional roller coaster. Annuities can be an answer for those people hoping to move a portion of their portfolio into a safer financial growth alternative – safer option that offers a far greater upside potential than just sitting in cash or riding a market down.
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Nobel laureate economist Robert Shiller of Yale University says his indicator shows that the current stock market values are overinflated and will only crash even lower.
Shiller invented the cyclically adjusted price to earnings ratio (CAPE), a key indicator for stock market crashes.
“It is entirely plausible that the shaking of investor complacency in recent days will, despite intermittent rebounds, take the market down significantly,” Shiller wrote in the New York Times.
According to Shiller’s CAPE ratio, the stock market is significantly overvalued. The metric modifies historical price-earnings ratios to account for business cycles. Between 1881 and 2015, CAPE averaged a ratio of 17, well below today’s reading of 27.
Shiller said his indicator would put the S&P closer to 1,300 from around 1,988 on Friday, and the Dow at 11,000 from around 16,643.
“We are in a rare and anxious “just don’t know” situation, where the stock market is inherently risky because of unstable investor psychology,” he said.
“There are reasons to question whether this was a quick, effective slap on the wrist, or if the market is still too overactive, and thus asking for a more extended punishment,” he said.
“Ten percent drops in the S&P 500 in just five trading days — such as what we just experienced — have not been common. Out of the 29 corrections since 1950, only nine happened in five days or less,” he said.
“Most of those happened since 2000, possibly because of the Internet and faster communications. Such rare sharp drops are psychologically significant; an extreme one-day collapse seems to create anxiety that imprints on people’s memories and could contribute to a downward momentum.”
All of the recent market volatility could help drive investors away from stocks for years, says ace hedge fund manager Doug Kass, president of Seabreeze Partners Management. [Read More at NewsMax]