Posts From Jeff Voudrie

Jeff Voudrie
Jeff Voudrie is senior portfolio manager of Common Sense Advisors. He serves as a personal, private money manager, counselor and Certified Financial Planner® to clients nationwide. Jeff started in the financial services industry in 1987 and founded his own firm in 2001. He has been interviewed by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The London Financial Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, to name a few. He’s the author of The Retired Investor’s Survival Guide Series, a former nationally syndicated newspaper columnist of Guarding Your Wealth and appeared on the CNN Financial Network. Jeff’s outside-the-box approach to investing led him to invent the Portfolio Guardian, earning him 3 U.S. Patents in the process. Jeff is sought out by both the media and industry for his extensive knowledge of annuities, including speaking at Financial Planning Association’s regional symposiums. On the personal side, Jeff and his wife of 25 years, Julie, are the proud parents of seven children and reside near the mountains in Tennessee. For more information visit www.CommonSenseAdvisors.com and www.JeffVoudrie.com.
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Time To Jump Back Into Stocks? Hold That Thought…

Almost a year ago I remember predicting that the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) would set lower lows before it reached higher highs. The S&P 500 hit an all-time high of 2132 back on July 20, 2015. As a result I had been moving out of stocks as we approached August 2015….

Are Federal Reserve Rate Hikes On Hold For Summer?

In Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony before Congress last week we heard more of the same. Last week she basically confirmed that the economy is continuing to slow down and that poses ‘risks’ to her forecast for growth. Thus rate hikes over the summer are likely off the table. Here’s a brief recap:…

Historic Brexit Vote Rattles Markets; Treasury Bonds Gain

Last Thursday the markets were upbeat on the expectation that UK voters would vote to remain a part of the European Union. Then on Friday morning we learned that the ‘consensus’ was wrong and that the people of the UK voted to once again control their country’s destiny. The historic Brexit vote caught…

Hawkish? Dovish? Welcome To The Economic Circus

Welcome to the economic circus that is the Federal Reserve. Here’s a recap of sentiment surrounding Federal Reserve meetings over the last several months… The Federal Reserve goes Hawkish (raises interest rates) in December. The Federal Reserve goes Dovish (might be lowering interest rates) in March/April The Federal Reserve goes…

U.S. Economy, Stocks Sputter: Is The Fed Pushing A String?

I haven’t had much time to write lately so I wanted to share a quick market update, including a simple animation from Hedgeye Research that clearly explains the sequence of events that have occurred in the markets the last couple of years. It provides the backdrop for why I exited…

Dovish Federal Reserve Lifts Stocks; But Can They Boost Economy?

The Federal Reserve’s failure to raise interest rates at its last meeting has resulted in the credit market projecting that the next interest rate hike won’t occur until December of 2017. Back and forth we go… and now we have a dovish Federal Reserve. By failing to raise rates, the stock market…

Will A Slowing Economy Slow The Stock Market Rally?

Just last December, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen announced that they were raising interest rates by 25 basis points because the economy was doing well. She also telegraphed (through their ‘dot plot’) that there would be additional 25 basis point increases at each of their meetings over the next two…

Are Stocks Setting Up For Another Negative Market Event?

Recently, I opened up the research I normally provide my clients to a wider audience. (You can view it here). The response was amazing and the feedback from investors around the country indicates that they are not ready to buy the story that everything is great and now is the time to…