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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 and
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Slowing Global Growth A Headwind For US Economy

Over the last six months I have taken the position that global growth has been slowing and that it will result in slowing growth here in the United States. Keep in mind that I am not saying that the US economy is going to enter into a recession. Instead, I am referring to the rate of change and the slope of the growth curve. Growth slowing means that the economy

Select Bond ETFs Outperforming On Slowing US Economy

Last Friday’s jobs report showed a noted decrease in hiring. It could be a sign that employers are becoming more cautious or it could just be a result of weather—time will tell for sure. One positive in the report was that lay-offs in the energy sector seem to be slowing down. Beyond the jobs report though, the fact remains that our economy is slowing and that should result in interest

March Federal Reserve Meeting: Economy Slowing, Party On

The Big Macro Event that had been hanging over the stock and bond markets the last month was finally resolved last week when the March Federal Reserve FOMC meeting concluded and Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen announced that they were removing the word ‘patient’. Those expecting higher interest rates were initially cheered by that removal. Their celebration was short-lived, though, because she then went through a litany of economic data that

Weighing The Global Economic Slowdown Into The Fed Meeting

Over the past several weeks I have spent a lot of time highlighting the global economic slowdown and how it will continue to drag on the U.S. economy. Country after country around the world is devaluing their currency, lowering their interest rates and/or performing some form of quantitative easing in an attempt to keep their bubble economies inflated. China announced over the weekend that they will do whatever it takes to keep

Market Debate: Stocks or US Treasury Bonds In 2015?

Last week was a rough week for investors, especially those that were invested in US Treasury Bonds. It has been an especially volatile year so far for US Treasury Bonds. To recap: They surged into year-end 2014 and then continued to push ahead steadily throughout the month of January.  Stocks, on the other hand, struggled throughout January only to initially recover and move into positive territory year-to-date during February. For

Past 10 Years Of U.S. GDP Growth Reveal Disturbing Trend

The major economic release last week was the second estimate of 2014’s fourth quarter and annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The GDP is “a measure of the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes.” The ‘first’ estimate that came out last month showed the economy growing 2.6% in the 4th quarter. This ‘second’ estimate (based on ‘more complete source data than was

4th Quarter GDP Report Shows Growth Slowing

Earlier today, the markets received word that 4th quarter GDP had been revised down from 2.6% to 2.2%. The 4th quarter GDP report was previously thought to be much higher (due to a strong 3rd quarter) before coming down over the past 2 months. The revised 4th quarter GDP number continues to show a stagnant economy, with slowing growth. The politicians like to take a single number for a quarter and

Bonds Catch A Bid As U.S. Economic Data Remains Soft

Last week, my weekly commentary on the financial markets started with this paragraph: “The last two weeks the markets have rallied to new all-time highs. At the same time we have seen the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds increase from a low of 1.6% to 2.15% yesterday. That is a meaningful loss in the bond positions that have been working for the last 3-4 months. “ At that time,

Why Crude Oil Production and Prices Do Not Bode Well For Stocks

As I mentioned in my weekly market commentary, the stock market’s bull case is that oil has bottomed. Never mind that the Bull’s case was that Crude Oil at $125 a barrel was also a bull catalyst. The bottom line to me, though, is that I don’t believe that Crude Oil prices have bottomed yet… and I think they will most likely drop another 25% or more from current levels. As the chart

Global Market Trends: Why Deflation Is Still A Concern

Over the last two weeks the US Equity markets have rallied to new all-time highs. At the same time we have seen the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds increase from a low of 1.6% to 2.15% yesterday. That is a meaningful loss in the bond positions that have been working for the last 3-4 months. What has caused the recent change in market direction and where do we go