Aptus Musings: 2022 Midterm Elections

In some ways, the midterm elections have been demoted in importance as investors have been concentrating on Federal Reserve policy. It has been well-documented how markets have fared during previous midterm election years. However, the macro backdrop is quite...

Aptus Musings: Q3 2022 Earnings Preview

When someone says, “It’s football season”, Kentuckians, in their own dialect, instantaneously translate that to “Keeneland is about to open”. Even more exciting this year, the racetrack will be getting an extra weekend of fun with the ’22 Breeders Cup being raced the...

Aptus Musings: Volatility Breeds Volatility

Many of y’all have heard my D + G spiel regarding the S&P 500’s P/E compressing from 21.5x (Dec ’21) to 16x currently, all while the risk premium has actually tightened. In other words, the cheapening of the P/E simply reflects the reality of higher real interest...

FOMC September 2022: Another Big Hike

As expected, the Federal Reserve opted to raise rates 75bps, taking the target range to 3.00% to 3.25%, with a total of 300bps in policy adjustments since March…the fastest rise over a seven-month span in four decades. Coming into today, the debate was between 75bps...

Why Own International?

Why do we own international stocks? This is one of the most common questions we receive from advisors. Who can blame them? We are nearly 15 years into a regime in which US equities have outperformed international equities. You read that correctly – 15 years of...