Market Update: Looking for Direction

By Charles Sizemore  |  June 17, 2019

To kick off the week, I met with Senior Research Analyst Dave Okenquist, who doubles as our resident host of Economy & Markets TV, to talk about the current state of the markets.

Fears of a recession are picking up. It seems like each week there’s some indicator lighting up, signaling the economy is getting closer and closer to a collapse. The massive swings in volatility haven’t helped soothe concerns, either.

Of course, the Fed will do whatever the Fed can do to keep the markets afloat. And right now, the potential for rate cuts are more likely to keep the engine running.

Now, I’m not one to say this will happen, or that will not happen, but I do believe that there tend to be things that happen cyclically. And the best offense is a good defense when it comes down to it.

What I mean by that is simply this: preparedness. There are ways to beat the market when that bear rears its head. It requires adaptability, flexibility, and patience.

Today’s market is one where anything can happen. It’s the Wild West for investors. Investors have seen the longest running bull market, and the greatest economic expansion. This has also brought massive quantitative easing and spikes in volatility that can clear out your account overnight.

But what I am sharing with you this week is a way to capitalize on the market — bull or bear — while minimizing risk.

Tune in tomorrow to The Rich Investor to learn more about why I don’t believe in traditional index funds. It all ties into the bigger picture, and I don’t think you’ll want to miss out.

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Charles Sizemore

Income and Retirement Strategist, Charles Sizemore, CFA specializes on dividend-focused portfolios and building alternative allocations by finding value opportunities outside of the mainstream stock market.

Charles is the executive editor and portfolio manager for Dent Research's premium newsletters, Peak Income and Peak Profits.

He is also a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and Straight Talk Money Radio, and has been quoted in Barron’s Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, GuruFocus, MarketWatch and

Charles holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with an International Emphasis from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. MORE FROM AUTHOR