Market forecasting isn't like the weather . . .

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Weather changes often, so sometimes it’s hard to rely on forecasts.  Instead, looking out the window to see what’s happening in real-time is a great low-tech approach.  But this strategy — and the jokes about weather forecasters and their mistakes — may one day be a thing of the past. 

Even as you yell at your TV during the weather segment of your local newscast, forecasts are actually getting more accurate. Three-day forecasts today are as good as 36-hour forecasts were in the 1980s, and the average error in hurricane-tracking predictions has been slashed by two-thirds since the early 1970s. 

This improvement is a result of computer models that collect all the data — temperatures, clouds, and winds — and put it into mathematical equations. These models were built by looking for and identifying variables that offered some predictive value. Over time, as more of these factors were identified and fed into the model, the accuracy of the forecast improved. 

Experts are attempting to do the same thing with the stock market.  We’ve spent endless amounts of time, money, and human capital trying to identify variables that help predict market behavior.  We’ve looked at the ridiculous (Super Bowl winners) and the more serious (past performance).  Still, none of them have much predictive value, particularly over the short term. 

But that doesn’t stop us from looking, which often leads to guessing.  And guessing is no way to make investment decisions. 

The pioneering investor Ben Graham is said to have described the market as being hard to predict: "In the short-run, the market is a voting machine . . . but in the long-run, the market is a weighing machine." 

And because humans are doing the voting, it’s very difficult to predict which way the vote will go.   


Another reason is that investing is not a physical science.  It’s not like gravity or even the weather. It doesn’t follow set laws.  On any given day, the stock market may simply represent the collective feelings of our society.  More often than not, those feelings are based on fear or greed.  And it’s only in hindsight that people recognize their mistakes. 

So while on one level, human behavior seems predictable (e.g., we get excited and buy stocks when they are flying high; we get scared and sell when stocks decline), it’s awfully hard to know what we’re doing until it’s too late. 

We bring up the subject of forecasting and market timing because despite knowing better, we still see a lot of people try.  Unfortunately, there’s no proven, market-predicting model hidden in a computer that only a few people have access to.  

That’s why we build comprehensive financial plans with a roadmap to your goals, ready to weather the ups and downs of the market.  And we’re here to support you and answer any questions you may have.  Don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Until next week, 

Your Eagle Wealth Team 


Strength Training For Any Age 

Strength training benefits people of all ages, from children to older adults. According to the CDC, strength training at least twice per week can help you with the following: 

  • Build strength 
  • Maintain bone density 
  • Improve your balance, coordination, and mobility 
  • Reduce your risk of falling 
  • Maintain independence in performing daily activities 

The best part is that starting is easy, and you don’t need a complex routine to enjoy these benefits. Some people begin with bodyweight exercises, such as pushups, sit-ups, and squats, to get a feel for these movements. 

Once you feel comfortable with bodyweight exercises, you can incorporate weights into your routine. Focus on functional movements, which are the movements you do every day. Practical strength training will make things like taking the stairs, carrying groceries, or doing chores easier. 

Always talk to your doctor before starting a new strength training routine. 

Tip adapted from CDC.gov8 


The Week on Wall Street

Stocks surged higher in the closing days of a holiday-shortened trading week, ignited by a political resolution on raising the debt ceiling and a strong employment report.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.02%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 1.83%. The Nasdaq Composite index gained 2.04% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, slipped 0.52%.1,2,3

A Sigh of Relief

The weight of uncertainty over negotiations to raise the federal debt ceiling was lifted last week by the news of an agreement between President Biden and House Speaker McCarthy and its subsequent passage in Congress.

After a modest gain on Thursday following the House vote, stocks rallied on Friday, responding to the Senate passage of the debt ceiling bill, which eliminated a significant overhang to the market. A robust federal employment report also contributed to the Friday rally. The report exceeded market expectations in the growth of new jobs while reflecting a deceleration in wage growth.

The Irrepressible Labor Market

Last week’s employment data showed that the labor market remains stout after over a year of sharp interest rate hikes.

Job openings in April increased to more than 10 million, reversing three straight months of declines, while private sector employment increased by 278,000 jobs in May, according to a survey by Automated Data Processing (ADP), a significant payroll processor.4,5

In line with these strong numbers, the Department of Labor reported 339,000 new jobs were added in May. That came above the consensus estimate of 190,000 and marked the 29th consecutive month of positive growth.6



Monday:  Factory Orders. Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Services Index
Tuesday:  Jobless Claims

Source: Econoday, June 2, 2023
The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.


Tuesday:  The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM)
Wednesday:  Campbell Soup Company (CPB)
Thursday:  DocuSign (DOCU)

Source: Zacks, June 2, 2023
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1. The Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2023. 

2. The Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2023.

3. The Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2023.

4. The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2023.

5. CNBC, June 1, 2023.

6. CNBC, June 2, 2023. 

Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost.

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