October 2023: Crucible of War

October Update - Key Takeaways • Bond vigilantes pushed U.S Treasuries into a historic decline in September. • The end of 2023 may be a crucible for investors. • Events in the Middle East are eerily similar to prior flashpoints that have devolved into wider conflagrations.

October 19th, 2023|

Market Commentary – September 2023: The Price is Right

America lost a television icon in August with the passing of Bob Barker, long-time host of The Price is Right. As one of our colleagues insightfully noted, he died at age 99, coming as close as possible to 100 without going over. We will come on down and use a few of the show’s games for this month’s recap. September Update - Key Takeaways • Fed policy finally started to squeeze investors in August. • The deck remains stacked against investors as we consider the factors we track. • The rest of the year may be a cliff hanger, especially for higher valuation stocks.

September 13th, 2023|

September 2023: Voltaire and the Irony of Passive Index Investing

The French Enlightenment philosopher, writer, historian Voltaire once wrote: “The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.” Adapting one of history’s pithier jibes to the realm of financial advice, we think the so-called passive index is most often neither passive nor an index, and it is most certainly not investing. Investors should take heed.

September 11th, 2023|

Market Commentary – August 2023 Update: The Barbie Market

August Update - Key Takeaways • Returns for equities continue to be dreamy in 2023. • While GDP growth remains resilient, other factors point toward a dose of reality. • While investors remain transfixed by the attraction of stereotypical growth at any price, we look for opportunities elsewhere.

August 11th, 2023|

Thank You Gentlemen!

Thank You, Gentlemen! As summer comes to an end—Formidable would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our summer interns for all their great work. We wish Sathya Panchu and Pierce Kreider the best [...]

August 8th, 2023|


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