• Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.

    Warren Buffet

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Iron Capital’s quarterly review of capital markets performance and updated market forecast.


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  • April 2021
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First Quarter 2021

Great expectations often lead to disappointment. No, I’m not talking about the Dickens novel – Pip would never disappoint. I’m talking about real life. We are in the midst of an economic recovery from the reaction to Covid-19, and expectations are getting great.


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Fourth Quarter 2020

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
The season will change, value is coming.


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Third Quarter 2020

Wall Street has seemingly just clued into the fact that it is an election year and a highly charged one at that.


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  • July 2020
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Second Quarter 2020

The stock performance pattern of the last decade is not sustainable and will end; the questions are, how and when will it end?


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  • Capital Market Review
  • April 2020
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First Quarter 2020

So often we are afraid of the wrong thing, because our sense of fear comes from media distortions. This crisis is a case in point.

  • Great expectations often lead to disappointment. No, I’m not talking about the Dickens novel – Pip would never disappoint. I’m talking about real life.

    We are in the midst of an economic recovery from the reaction to Covid-19, and expectations are getting great. The Fed has said it foresees 6 percent economic growth. When most people hear that they probably celebrate, but when I hear that I immediately think:  We could grow at 5.5 percent and Wall Street will be disappointed.

    The Fed has kept the gas pedal to the floor and says they no longer care about short-term inflation but will keep the money loose until people get back to work. At the same time, the administration and Congress are passing relief packages seemingly designed to stop people from going back to work. These policies have the potential to lead to permanent higher unemployment and easy money, which could lead to inflation. The Producer Price Index, which tracks wholesale prices, is up more than 4 percent over the last year, and the recent reading for the Consumer Price Index was 2.6 percent – more than half a percent higher than the Fed’s long-term target.

    Is inflation solely a monetary policy issue, or is it the combination of loose monetary policy with big government spending? I don’t know the answer, but this is a question that must be asked.

    To read the full report, please download the PDF.

    ~First Quarter 2021

  • “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

    Yes, that is right, this is not just a song by The Byrds, it is scriptural wisdom, and whether one learned it in Sunday school or by singing along to the radio it is just as true. For what seems like years now, we have been talking about the market’s unhealthy skew towards large growth companies.

    The rising tide has not lifted all ships and investors who buy value stocks, or the stocks of smaller companies and those headquartered overseas have seen little in the way of growth.

    Some of our clients have even taken to making fun of me (to my face – they always make fun of me behind my back) because of my insistence that this will pass. The season will change, value is coming. Not only has my tune not changed, but we may have already seen the change.

    The trigger for this season change appears to be Wall Street’s hope for stimulus. The focus on the word stimulus was translated economic growth. We have seen false starts in this transition before, and it is possible that is all the last four months have been. These larger trends do however go on for years, and lately a decade seems to be the life span. “To everything there is a season…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” We appear to be in the time to plant some diversification.

    To read the full report please download the PDF.

    ~Fourth Quarter 2020

  • Wall Street has seemingly just clued into the fact that it is an election year and a highly charged one at that.

    There is a significant probability that with so many people mailing in their ballots, we may not know who the President is on the 3rd of November. That is not going to be good in the short haul.

    More important to the market may be the fate of the Senate. If Biden wins and there is a Democratic sweep, the short term may be smooth as this would avoid civil unrest, but then what matters is, what will they actually do? The party platform does not represent what I believe to be the core of the Democratic party, let alone of America as a whole. The question is, who would actually be in charge – the Joe Biden we knew from the Senate, or AOC and her socialist “squad”?

    If Trump wins, the long term is more certain, but in the short term we will see riots. The market will not like that. If Biden wins but the Senate remains under Republican control, this could be the best outcome from the market perspective. I’m not saying it is best for our country, that is a political judgment and not my place, but it will mean peace in the short term and moderation in the long term, and Wall Street likes that.

    To read the full report please download the PDF.

    ~Third Quarter 2020

  • For the last decade, growth stocks have outperformed value stocks, large-company stocks have outperformed small-company stocks, and domestic company stocks have outperformed international company stocks. This is not sustainable and it will end; the questions are, how and when will it end?

    ~Second Quarter 2020

  • So often we are afraid of the wrong thing, because our sense of fear comes from media distortions. This crisis is a case in point.

    Anecdotally I have heard many neighbors and friends who are terrified of getting the Coronavirus. They are under the impression that it is a death sentence. I get it; the media spends all day every day counting the bodies, and that has an impact. Perhaps some perspective will help.

    ~First Quarter 2020