Update on TD Ameritrade to Charles Schwab Conversion

The transition finally occurred this month! Please note you will receive a statement from TD Ameritrade this month showing a zero balance with a transfer out, and then you’ll see a Schwab statement showing a transfer in. Through Schwab, you will continue to have online access, an app for your phone or tablet, and the same relationship with us. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.  


Debt Ceiling Fallout and 4th Quarter Outlook

While past performance cannot predict future performance, historically, we are getting close to the seasonally strongest period of the year. We mentioned last month that September can sometimes be bearish, and it most certainly was, mostly because of the Debt Ceiling debate and the Federal Reserve’s outlook for interest rates. However, historically, on average, the 4th quarter is something investors don’t want to miss.


Historical Perspective on Market Trends

A bear market lasts 15 months on average. We are currently in month 21, which is encouraging. The stock markets were down big in 2022, but dating back to 1928, the market has had back-to-back negative years only four times in almost 95 years, so the odds say we’re due for a rebound in 2023. Anything is possible, of course, despite the odds, which is why we monitor the portfolios daily.


Proactive Strategies Amidst Market Downturn

Our updated research platform told us to sell stock funds and buy an inverse (which profits when the market drops) in August to reduce risk, which was a good thing. We encourage you to look at your own statements for performance and call us if you’d like to discuss it.

For the month of September, most clients will see we were down, but not nearly as much as the market. As of September 27th, this month, the S&P 500 was negative 5.2%, the Nasdaq was down 6.7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 3.4%, and even bonds (Ticker AGG) lost 3.3%.  


Road Ahead: Market Projections Post Debt Ceiling Fallout

Unless a debt default or prolonged government shutdown occurs, there is a high probability that the market will bounce from here overall until year-end, barring something unforeseen. In the long term, three pieces of evidence are currently making us optimistic that the next 14 months until the election have the potential to be good for stocks overall despite some potential short-term bumps in the road.

First, every President wants to get re-elected, so they make moves that potentially “window dress” the economy and stock market before the election. Second, one of our most important longer-term indicators shifted from negative to positive in late April. It had been negative since the first quarter of 2022, so it was negative for quite a while (Source: https://www.shermanportfolios.com/indicators). While past performance cannot predict future performance, this type of indicator switch has said brighter days may lie ahead for the stock market in the longer term. Finally, the 200-day moving average of the S&P 500 has turned and is now heading up rather than down. This is a longer-term trendline, and in the past, it has had some success identifying a change in trend


Indicators of Economic Stability and Growth

We had a different indicator a few months back say there is a chance we’ll have a recession this year (inverted Yield Curve, Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonmoore/2024/02/06/the-inverted-yield-curve-continues-to-flash-a-recession-warning/?sh=1325948b15ac). We’re hoping that recent improvements in the overall economy, inflation data, and the housing market will provide some stability moving forward. Our new research handled the downtrend relatively well this month, in our opinion, but we’re doing our best not to focus on the short-term results because the research has the potential to work well in the long run. We encourage you to come by the office to review the new strategy with us in person or via Zoom. 


Financial Planning and Review Meeting

We’d love to have a review meeting with you to discuss investments, retirement income planning, college planning for kids or grandkids, tax preparation, health insurance, including Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans, and various other financial planning topics. Please contact our office at (586) 226-2100 to schedule a meeting today!

If you’ve had any changes to your income, job status, marriage status, 401K options, address, risk tolerance, or any other financial changes, please contact us right away. We hope you and your family are doing well!


Kenneth Wink

with contributions from Robert Wink, James Wink, Zachary Bachner, and James Baldwin


Ken Wink is the Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer of Summit Financial Consulting, LLC. With over two decades of experience in the financial services industry, he is deeply knowledgeable and passionate about explaining complex financial concepts in understandable terms. Ken writes articles geared towards conveying financial topics in clear, straightforward language, making them accessible to everyday people.

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