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This week Quint takes a break from economics and finance to sit down with entrepreneur and small business owner Trainer Joe. With a background in collegiate sports, Joe Olliges was always interested in helping folks to achieve their fitness goals. It wasn't until he took the leap of faith to create his unique brand Trainer Joe that he began to turn his passion into a business. You won't want to miss this in-depth look into the business of fitness and weight loss. 

Managing Risk

In this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint and Daniel discuss the different ways investors should think about and view risk in their financial plan.


This week's headline focus is back to China and trade. News broke during the week that China might be willing to make a deal, sort of. The problem with this news is that it's quite ambiguous. The market, however, didn't care and chose to rally on the potential for tensions to ease.

Tolerance is Key

Your risk tolerance is an important aspect of your financial plan. Your level of tolerance is dictated by what your portfolio can stand while still achieving the financial goals you set out.

Temperament is Important Too

Looking at your risk tolerance alone is dangerous though as it's also important to understand your temperament for risk. It's this metric that is better known as your "sleeping comfort" or what level of volatility you can handle and still sleep well at night. After all, it doesn't matter if your portfolio can handle the ups and downs in the market if your stomach cannot!!

What Matters Here?

As the stock market begins to show some subtle signs of weakness in the short-term, Quint and Daniel discuss what matters here and what news they're looking at to assess where things go from here.

Liquidity Event?

The tightening in overnight lending from a couple of weeks ago has continued to persist. It seems that a rare "glitch" in the system has shifted to an ongoing trend. Quint and Daniel discuss what they're watching in this often-overlooked market to be on alert for something that might evolve into something more serious. 

The Race to $0 Commissions

Over the past week, online brokers have all acquiesced to the pressure from low-cost (or $0 cost) startups and subsequently all lower their commissions to $0. Schwab made the first move and was quickly followed by TD Ameritrade and E*Trade. While this means that customers and clients of these firms will benefit on the commission front, it does pose the question of where these companies will attempt to make up this lost revenue. 

Hunting for Value?

Quint and Daniel discuss the difference between value hunting and bottom fishing. With segments and sectors of the market at or near highs, there is a strong desire by some to find something that is a "value." However, while this can be a valid investment strategy it can also come back to bite and investors who haven't done their homework. 

Art of Rebalancing

On this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint and Daniel review the Federal Reserve's recent rate cut, drama in overnight lending markets, and the firm's recent equity position rebalancing.


The FOMC met this week and, as expected, lowered interest rates by 0.25%. The market's reaction was fairly muted as this move was pretty well baked in to both equity and bond prices. Further, Fed Chair Powell didn't do anything in the Fed's post-decision press conference to shake investors confidence for the future.

Overnight lending, however, is in the spotlight this week as the cost to borrow cash in the "repo market" spiked multiple times throughout the week. This particular market is critical for the healthy functioning banking system to move liquidity where it is needed. While the developments here are noteworthy and somewhat concerning, they don't necessarily indicate a definite disaster on the horizon and, therefore, the market has hardly reacted so far.

Art of Rebalancing

With major US stock indices essentially at highs, Quint reviews Joule Financial's decision to rebalance its equity positions in an effort to take profits on what has been doing well and allocate some funds to areas that may have become underweight. 

On this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint and Daniel discuss eight steps you can take in the months ahead to increase your odds of financial success as the year closes out.


Hong Kong headlines have quieted down and Trump tweets arrows at the Fed this week. However, the market hasn't been stumbled by much as far as news goes this week. In fact, the market spent most of the week marching back towards highs like it was drawn by a siren's song.

8 Steps to Success Now

  1. Rebalance
  2. Review bond bunds
  3. Tax manage your sells
  4. Send your RMD to charity
  5. Establish a SEP IRA, or another tax-saving account
  6. Pay off your bad debt, then all debt
  7. Check your diversification
  8. Know your "Required Rate of Return"

Moving Higher

On this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint and Daniel explore the moves higher this week across a variety of markets. Stocks, bonds, and gold, nearly every asset had its time in the spotlight this week.

Good News

Much of the week's moves were based on investors interpreting the headlines as good news. Focus turned from the recent protests in Hong Kong to the good economic indications come from data in the US, employment reports were decent, and the Fed is still indicating a move to a more accommodative policy at its September meeting. Combine these headlines with the US and China looking towards their next trade talks in October and investors found little to be negative about this week.

Watch Your Bond Funds

While many assets are up recently, it's important to remember what that means. Investors would do well to keep in mind that bond prices and bond yields move inversely of one another. This means that with yields near historic lows, investors are seeing the value of their bond funds near all-time highs. While "set it and forget it" is a method employed by some, those that keep a vigilant eye on their portfolios may consider how much farther bond funds can rally if rates are already under 2% across the board.

Understand Your Plan

Your required rate of return is an important thing to know. This is the return you need to achieve to meet your goals. However, it's also important to know how that rate works into your plan. If you're looking in the rearview mirror here you've benefited from multiple assets classes rallying over recent years. Now may be the time to discuss with your advisor what a pullback in some of these assets may do to your expected rate of return compared to your required rate of return. Unless you are confident that all these assets can continue marching higher indefinitely it's worth considering how the future may look different from the past and incorporating that into your plan.

Back to Normal

On this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint and Daniel review what's been a quiet week in the market so far and dive into the much-hyped yield curve action.

Bulls Return

US stocks stabilized over the week after the previous weeks volatile sell-offs. Much of this calmer action seems to be attributed to the fact that economic data keeps coming in rather positive while headlines around the trade war escalation also seem to have slowed, for now.

FOMC Minutes

During the recording of this week's show, the FOMC meeting minutes from the most recent rate cut were released, which proved to be a non-event. While the Fed reiterated its stance that the recent rate cut may not be part of a new trend, markets seemed to find hope that the board overall was mixed on how deeply to cut rates this go around.

How Rates Work

While the Federal Reserve is heavily influencing liquidity and short-term rates in this environment, it's really the ten-year rates that people are focusing on. In fact, the 10-year yield was the catalyst for the most recent inversion on the yield curve. Quint examines what this means for investors and what the Fed can really control here versus what the market is in the driver's seat on.

What To Do Here

For investors, it all comes down to controlling what you can. This means having a financial plan, knowing your rate of return, and living within responsible spending habits to achieve your plan. Quint and Daniel wrap things up this week by examing the small things investors can do that will be important building blocks for their long-term financial success.

Yield Curve Inversion

On this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint and Daniel discuss the recent yield curve inversion and what that means to the market. 

Inverted What?!?

The headlines and watercooler talk this week is all about the recent inverted yield curve across the 2-year and 10-year Treasuries.  However, all the fantastic headlines tend to leave out why this matters to investors and what it really means. Quint and Daniel spend some time explaining the yield curve and why there is so much focus on inversion here. 

Main Street Interest Rates

It's all fine and good to know what's going on in Treasury yields but how is this trickling down into real-life economics of consumers who are affected by interest rates daily. What might be surprising to some is the vast divergence in the effect of the recent Treasury rate retreat on actual consumer rates. While mortgages are down some, many other rates have held steady or even rose!

Recession on the Horizon?

So if the yield curve is a recession indicator, does that mean we're on a direct road to this adverse economic event? Quint reviews what else is going on in the economy here to question whether we really need to be concerned at this point.

Your Required Rate of Return, It's the Foundation!

The one thing that is certain is markets will move both up and down. Sometimes they'll move calmly and other times more violently. Through these ups and downs, it's critical for investors to know precisely what they need from the market to achieve their goals. Understanding their required rate of return gives investors a metric by which to judge whether volatility is having a real-world impact on their current goals or is simply static to ignore. 

Summer Market Slump

On this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint and Daniel discuss the recent volatility across markets and what that means for investors.

Trade War

While stocks moved on the Federal Reserve's implication that the recent rate cut was not the start of a new trend, the move was propelled much further by matters worsening on the trade war front. After the Trump Administration broadcasted additional tariffs set to take effect, China released news of decreased purchases of United States agriculture products.

7.0, A Key Level

Over the weekend, the Chinese Yuan broke the all-important 7.0000 psychological level which indicated the country was allowing their currency to devalue versus the US-dollar. This move effectively shifted the trade war from a matter of goods and services to a currency scuffle which US markets, with their volatile trading on Monday, indicated would be a fearsome escalation.

Required Return

While seeing your investing and retirement accounts gyrate with the forces of the market is never palatable, it does help to understand how the moves affect your investing goals. By understanding your required rate of return you might be able to sleep easier at night by knowing if recent volatility is something to be concerned about or just already factored into your plan.

Market Update

On this week's episode of Tape Talk, Quint reviews what's been happening in the market recently and what may lay ahead.

Market Anomalies

Often times the time to invest in particular companies or sectors is during a time when the waters appear choppy on the surface. Quint looks at Fastenal as an example of this particular strategy while considering whether Capital One Financial may be next on the list. 

Opportunity in a Breach?

Capital One Financial dropped on news that it is navigating a data breach but is it possible that the market is overreacting? Quint continues his discussion on finding value in adverse times by reviewing the company for potential opportunity. 

Fed Flip Flop

The Fed appears to be struggling with how to communicate clearly its intentions to investors. During his most recent press conference after the July FOMC rate decision, the future forecast became murky and the stock market sold off in response. 

Know Thy Risk

With markets entering a more turbulent period than they've been over the past couple months it is again important to understand your risk tolerance and temperament. The time to consider, review, and change your risk level is in the quiet times of the market, not when emotions are running high. 

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