Over the past month, investors have remained cautious. The optimism of early summer that propelled a broad-based rally in global stock markets has waned as investors returned to being nervous about higher interest rates driving an economic slowdown. Investors flocked back to U.S. large growth stocks seeming to perceive them as a haven from economic pressures.
Historically, large stocks have typically fallen less in bear markets than small stocks so there is some rationale for that approach if one thought that the timing of recessions was predictable. However, there are many factors that can result in this not being true for an individual stock. Let’s take the case of Apple (AAPL). The first iPhone was released in June of 2007. From January to December of 2007, Apple stock rallied ending the year up a whopping 136%. Over the same period, the S&P 500 was up a little over 5%. When the Great Financial Crisis hit, Apple fell 56% in 2008. The S&P 500 was down 36%. Being a great company with a great product wasn’t a silver bullet in protecting investors from losses during economic stress. The pain was even greater for those investors who bought Apple in the last quarter of 2008 when the price was already quite high.
We believe that a combination of staying diversified as well as avoiding stocks that have very high prices relative to their current earnings and book value is a better approach than trying to predict when a recession is coming, or which stocks will do well when one ultimately does come.
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As Chief Operating, Investment, and Compliance Officer, Kristi is responsible for the firm’s investment offerings, client service, operations, and compliance. She and her team are focused on delivering ever greater value to our clients through outstanding service, diversified investment offerings, and easy-to-use technology.
Kristi joined Merriman in January of 2016 as a research analyst. In that role and later as Director of Research, she has been actively involved in launching several new funds in collaboration with Dimensional Fund Advisors, the widespread adoption of asset location across client accounts, and centralizing trading and portfolio management functions.
Prior to joining Merriman, Kristi spent 18 years as an engineer and project manager in the aerospace field working on satellite propulsion systems. In recognition of her contributions to the field of electric propulsion, she has won several national awards and been granted multiple patents.
Kristi has a bachelor’s degree in physics and mechanical engineering from Yale University. A Washington native, Kristi and her husband have two children and the family enjoys birdwatching, running, cooking and traveling.
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