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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 www.CommonSenseAdvisors.com and www.JeffVoudrie.com.
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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

Weekly Stock Market Overview And Recap: August 4 2014

I have seen several news articles with headlines similar to the following: “Stocks See Biggest Weekly Drop In Two Years”.  What does it bring to mind? Does it conjure up images of a stock market crash? Does it instill fear? I think that is the intention of the headline, so let me bring a little balance. The major U.S. market indexes each declined over 2% last week.  In ‘normal’ stock markets

U.S. Stock Market Overview and Economic Update

We continue to see the financial markets make slight adjustments to a slowing US economy. Here’s a quick stock market performance update from last week: The S&P 500 virtually ended the week where it began while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.82% and the Russell 2000 0.65%. Additionally, here’s what my trending indicators are saying: US Stock Market                     Trending Down Canadian Stock Market         Trending Up US Bond Yields                        Yields Trending Down For

Is The Stock Market Starting To Show Some Cracks?

Last week saw a spike in stock market volatility. The S&P 500 finally had a move +/- 1%, ending the run of 62 days of below average volatility.  What looked like the beginning of a correction on Thursday quickly reversed itself on Friday when it closed less than one half of a percent below its all-time-high of 1,985. Still, the trending indicator that I use to determine the intermediate trend

Financial Market Overview: Is Banco Espirito Santo A Canary In The Coal Mine?

We saw the U.S. equity markets retreat from their all-time highs (except the Nasdaq Composite which still has yet to break it’s 2000 all-time high!). The retreats were modest except in the growth-oriented Russell 2000 which declined 4.04%…in a single week. Volatility was up 12% from many see as complacency lows. The intermediate term trending indicators I use are still showing green arrows for the US and Canadian stock markets but internally

The Week Ahead: Market Recap And Overview

Last week the payroll number came in higher than expected and the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average set new all-time highs. As I write this on Monday morning we are seeing the markets retreat about 0.3%. The trending indicators still show the market has more room to go higher. But this doesn’t mean I’m comfortable, or that investors should become complacent! Volume continues to be light and

U.S. Dollar Under Pressure: Geopolitics Loom Large

While America sleeps, we continue to lose financial ground to those determined to unseat the monopoly of the U.S. currency. Take for example The People’s Republic of China’s Central Bank’s recent announcement that boosted the United Kingdom’s bid to be a center for offshore trading of Chinese currency. This should not escape your notice as you look at business news headlines. This article further illustrates the gains that are being

Are U.S. GDP Growth Estimates Still Too High?

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made headlines recently by joining the chorus of analysts that have reduced the rosy outlook for the U.S. economy in 2014. The IMF reduced its U.S. GDP growth estimate to 2%, down from a 2.8% prediction as recently as April. Economists started the year predicting that that U.S. GDP would grow at a 3-3.5% annual rate. And they have been

Market Trends Overview For Week of June 9 2014

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both closed at all-time highs on Friday, highlighting the prolonged strength of the current market trends. At the same time, the Russell 2000 Index, which is a proxy for US Growth stocks finally erased its losses for the year to close at +0.14%….for the year! But not all the news is ‘good’. The VIX is around 10.  The VIX is the measure of

Is Market Divergence Highlighting Weaker Economy?

The S&P 500 closed the month at an all-time high of 1923.57. It is up 4.14% YTD. Meanwhile the NASDAQ Composite was up 1.69% last week to close at 4242.62 up 1.34% for the year. The Russell 2000 Index (a much better gauge of the broader market, in my opinion) is still down 3.07% for the year. There is an incredibly large 7%+ market divergence between the S&P 500 index