Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep calm and carry on. This is the message investors are sending after stock markets posted strong gains for the first six months of the year.

Exploring the Effects of the Oil Price Crash

The oil price has crashed.  Make no mistake, this is most definitely a crash, as can be seen in Figure 1. The futures markets suggest that the oil price has overshot its fundamental fair market value and that oil prices will rebound but remain below the level of recent years. Despite this, it rarely pays […]

The Importance of Investment Discipline

To borrow from Jim Rohn, “discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” This statement rings especially true in investing. As Balentine Chief Investment Officer Adrian Cronje told the Atlanta Business Chronicle, when markets experience volatility, such as during the third quarter of 2014, it brings both opportunity and risk. The opportunity lies in the […]

The Broken Silence: Three Big Questions remain unanswered

The Broken Silence: Three Big Questions That Remain Unanswered

Earlier this summer, our Research & Papers entry “Interpreting The Sound of Silence” walked readers through different interpretations of the market calm that overtook markets for much of the summer. Since that writing, conditions have become more volatile, as previously highlighted concerns such as geopolitical risk and inflation have begun to play out. Right on […]

Interpreting the Sound of Silence

Markets have been eerily quiet during the second quarter of 2014 – especially given the circumstances – leaving many to interpret what this “sound of silence” actually means: a sign of a strengthening economy or the calm before the storm? As Neil Irwin points out in the article “Markets are Less Volatile. Should We worry?” […]

Some Clients Question Market as Volatility Returns

Balentine CIO Adrian Cronje recently shared his thoughts with The Wall Street Journal in its article “Some Clients Question Market as Volatility Returns.” “The time to have had a lot of risk was when you were paid to do so–in the first quarter of 2009, when it felt awful,” he said. His advice: “Don’t be greedy, […]