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Blind Squirrels and a Nuts Investment Environment – My latest exclusive on Seeking Alpha

Exclusively on Seeking Alpha

Published June 9, 2016

By J. André Weisbrod

SUMMARY

·         After a fearful swoon at the beginning of the year, most stock markets are back in positive territory.

·         While we did some buying and increased equity exposure during the dip, we were not confident enough to be aggressive.

·         Multiple unsuccessful attempts to forge new highs over the past year indicate that an aging bull may be at or near its end.

·         Economic conditions are mixed and at times data is confusing or contradictory.

·         Overall market valuations are above average and possibly in warning territory.

·         Large volume computer-generated trading has turned the stock market into a rigged casino that is against traditional fundamental investing.

·         The huge expansion of ETFs and the trend toward “robo” investing create new market influences that could actually increase risk and hurt investors.

·         Three of the forces holding up stocks up are suspect.  One could evaporate with a negative event or a funky algorithm gone haywire.  The second compounds the first and creates greater future risk.  The third is a ruse, plain and simple.

·         There may be nuts out there, but they might not be ones even a seeing squirrel might like.

·         This is a time to err on the conservative side.

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http://seekingalpha.com/article/3980949-blind-squirrels-nuts-investment-environment

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J. André Weisbrod is founder of STAAR Financial Advisors Inc. and the STAAR Investment Trust headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been named a 5-star Wealth Manager in Pittsburgh Magazine and is among the longest tenured fund managers with over 20 years managing the same funds. He is also co-founder of the Strategic Assets Fund 1, LP, a private equity fund for accredited investors. He is an author and speaker and has been interviewed, quoted or had articles published in a variety of media including Investors Business Daily, TheStreet.com, The Wall Street Journal, Business News Network, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, USA Today, KDKA TV and Reuters TV.

Actively involved in church and community affairs, Mr. Weisbrod is committed to the well being of individuals, families and businesses. Avocations include competitive masters swimming, scuba diving, painting and photography, acting and music.

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