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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Making Sense Of Today’s Market Risks

There have been several events that have occurred in the last days and weeks that, in my opinion, signify that the inherent market risks around the globe are increasing. When a risk manager uses the term ‘risk’, what he or she is really talking about is uncertainty. If I own a 10-year US Government Bond that is paying 2% then I expect to receive the interest on it and for

Market Trends and Insights: Investing Through The Big Chill

It’s freezing here! I know this is the middle of winter, but temperatures in the single-digits in northeastern Tennessee are not normal! Perhaps up in Minnesota, but not here. And we aren’t the only ones that are being affected by the weather. News reports indicate that almost 80% of the United States has faced plunging temperatures. What does that have to do with investing? A lot. When it comes to

Rising Risk In Equities Continues To Favor Bonds

My family and I just went to Dollywood yesterday and I greatly enjoyed riding the roller coasters with my kids. The plunges, twists and turns are exhilirating and make me feel alive. But as I looked around at the other people waiting in line, I didn’t see too many retirees. It seems roller coasters are a ‘younger’ person’s pursuit. And, based on how sore I am this morning, I understand

Up/Down Market Volume A Near-Term Concern For Stocks

On Monday, I sent out the weekly market commentary and talked about the issue of taking the escalator up and the windows down. I included charts of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY – Quote) from Monday’s action that illustrated that market volume was 3 times greater when the market fell than when it was going up. The markets opened down 1% yesterday on market volume that was SEVEN TIMES GREATER than

Stock Market Trends Still ‘Up’ But Risk Increasing

Market Trending Indicators US Stock Market    Trending Up Canadian Stock Market   Trending Down US Bond Yields      Yields Trending Down   There is an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Since I am an inherently lazy writer I’ll make use of today’s stock chart of the S&P 500 (SPX – Quote) index: Over the last weeks and months I have talked about the issue of

U.S. Stock Market Trending Higher But Momentum Slowing

The major US stock market indexes were little changed in the last week, except for the NASDAQ Composite which was up 1.2%. The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ have surged off their mid-October lows and have set new all-time highs. The Russell 2000 has not. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up 10.36%; the DJIA 6.38% and the Russell 2000 is barely positive at 0.91%. The iShares

The Week In Review: Markets Still Love Quantitative Easing

“What if I am wrong?” This is one of the most important questions that an investor needs to regularly ask themselves. That’s how my commentary last week started, and based on the 3.19% surge in the S&P 500; the 3.94% gain in the NASDAQ and the 4.89% explosion in the Russell 2000 I have to admit that, for the week, I was wrong. The S&P 500 set a new all-time

3 Threats To The U.S. Stock Market And Standard Of Living

We in America are facing multiple serious threats simultaneously; each of which has the potential to hinder our ability to maintain our standard of living. The stock market is once again nearing bubble levels and a significant stock market crash may already be underway. But there are several other high-probability threats that can be potentially devastating to our way of life—threats that are economic and geopolitical in nature but will directly impact what

Canadian Equities Flashing Caution: Financial Markets Recap

The intermediate-term trend indicators that I am watching (and use) are designed to signal the trend of the market over the next 3 weeks to 3 months. I do not use these indicators to out-perform the underlying market index; rather, I use them to better manage the risk associated with investing in stocks. For those that are retired or near retirement, the number one priority should be preventing devastating losses because your

Financial Markets Weekly Overview: Large Caps In Focus

The U.S. equity markets recovered slightly last week with the S&P 500 gaining 0.33% and the Russell 2000 jumping 1.55%. Before we get too excited we should keep in mind that this is the second week of August and the year-to-date gain for the Russell 2000 is -2.75%. The S&P 500 is up +4.5% year-to-date indicating that larger, well-established slower growth companies have continued to do better than smaller fast-growth