New Beginnings for 2023

The beginning of a calendar year is often the time when the previous year’s reflections transition to a new year’s hopes. Given the market’s continued instability during 2022 and a resulting tough period for stock and bond prices, everyone is hoping for a fresh start. And history gives us cause for optimism following a difficult … Continued

Outlook 2023

Through all the challenges, newfound opportunities, and every high and low we’ve experienced during the last couple of years, it’s no surprise why we might be striving for more balance. Whether it’s about the markets and global economy or what’s happening in our local communities, the news we’re hearing on a daily basis has the … Continued

Looking ahead and Mid-Term Elections

October delivered on its track record as a historically favorable month for stocks, offering some respite for investors as stocks rose for the month. The downside pressure on equities had gotten a bit overdone after investor pessimism during September reached lows not witnessed in quite a few years. From a contrarian perspective, extreme pessimism can … Continued

Could the Worst Be Behind Us?

Given the timing of the recent increase in market volatility, we feel now is a good time to take stock of all that has transpired in 2022. First, It has been a difficult year on many fronts.  Not only for investors but also for households and businesses as we all navigate higher prices and borrowing … Continued

The Best and Worst of Times

When it comes to stock market performance, August was “the best of times, and the worst of times.” The strong market rally that peaked in mid-August was viewed by many analysts as a transition from a bear to bull market, based on the surge in breadth that stocks enjoyed and the magnitude of the two-month … Continued

What’s in Store for the Rest of 2022?

Last week was epic for market-watchers. A Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike, a much-anticipated gross domestic product (GDP) report, and the busiest week of earnings season got most of the headlines. There was even a surprise out of Washington D.C., with a Schumer-Manchin agreement on a climate-healthcare-tax bill and some inflation data that added to … Continued

Looking Forward

As the calendar has turned to July, investors would certainly like to forget the first six months of 2022. However, the Fourth of July Independence Day holiday does bring with it reason for celebration. Not only is it the 246th birthday of the United States of America, but July has historically been a pretty good … Continued

“Good News” about Bear Markets

Markets continue to be volatile, we don’t expect that to stop…the good news is we’ve had some “winning” days lately. Here’s more “good” news about bear markets, and how markets perform when we’re not headed toward recession.  Bear markets without recessions tend to last an average of about seven months, and we’re already five months into … Continued

April Showers, May Flowers?

As we move into spring and leave behind the last signs of a long winter, many worries from a chilly start to the year for markets, unfortunately, are still with us. The S&P 500 Index had its worst April in more than 40 years, leaving the index down over 13% for the year. Previously highflying … Continued

Positivity Amidst Uncertainty

Stocks have gotten off to a very rocky start in 2022, with the potential for Federal Reserve rate hikes coming and the geopolitical worries over Russia and Ukraine only adding to the uncertainty. We don’t want to minimize the impact of that major geopolitical event, but there is some positive news out there, even though … Continued

Moving Forward After a Pullback

Stocks have gotten off to tough start in 2022. Why has the market pulled back and what might we see going forward? Periodic stock market volatility is entirely normal. Historically, the S&P 500 Index has averaged three pullbacks of 5% or more per year and one correction of more than 10% annually. We’ve grown accustomed … Continued

New Beginnings in 2022

With the New Year comes new beginnings, new goals, new challenges, new friendships, and new opportunities. 2021 was an incredible year for the economy and investors, and to us the future remains bright for 2022 and beyond. Taking a look back at 2021, our economy is on track for over 5% growth for the year, … Continued

The last few weeks have been… interesting

The emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant triggered a market selloff in the days following Thanksgiving and offered an unpleasant reminder that the pandemic is not over. The economy and financial markets remain somewhat reliant on the medical community and research developments. Additionally, Chairman Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve did an about face on their … Continued

Market & Economic Update

The economy continues to strengthen COVID-19 trends are greatly improving, and this still relatively young bull market is alive and well. As the leaves turn colors and begin to fall to the ground, we have many reasons to be thankful. The economy slowed considerably in the third quarter due to the COVID-19 Delta Variant (as … Continued

October Market Update

Change in life is constant, and during the past year and a half, we have experienced more change than any of us bargained for. Change is disruptive—change also brings opportunity. As investors, there is no shortage of change to think about, and those changes may set the stage for the next leg higher for this … Continued

August Market Update

Six months and counting.  That is the current monthly winning streak for the S&P 500 Index. To take that a step further, this key equity benchmark has posted gains in 13 of the last 16 months—dating back to the March 2020 low. With stocks nearly at a double from those lows, it has indeed been … Continued

Ryan Olson and Mustang Private Wealth Honored As One of LPL Financial’s Top Financial Advisors

Ryan Olson, MBA, CFP®, an independent LPL Financial advisor at Mustang Private Wealth with offices in San Luis Obispo and Orcutt, CA today announced his inclusion in LPL’s Patriot’s Club. This elite award is presented to less than 9% of the firm’s more than 17,000 financial advisors nationwide*. “On behalf of LPL, I congratulate Ryan … Continued

Mid-Year Update – 06/14/2021

As we move into June, a path to normalcy is coming quickly with stadiums allowing full capacity, restaurants filling up, and summer vacations in full swing. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy continues to recover and the stock market is near all-time highs. A lot of this good news is likely already priced into stocks. Companies are … Continued

Market Update

It’s now been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic officially began. While the pandemic has affected everyone to varying degrees, we can all agree that everyone’s life is different today than it was a year ago. Here’s a snapshot of where we are today: Over the past two months, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have … Continued

The CARES Act Key Components

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE Recovery Rebates Provides all U.S. residents with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less $1,200 for singles and heads of households ($2,400 for married couples filing joint returns and an adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less). The rebate is phased out by $5 for every $100 over $75,000 that an individual … Continued

The Fallout from COVID-19 and You

New growth is beginning… This is a hard time to be an investor. It has been easy for a long time, long enough that many people have become complacent and forget that investing isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. And this moment in time, when uncertainty seems to be highest, is exactly the time to commit … Continued

Stocks and the Coronavirus – What Now?

“The stock market takes an escalator up, and an elevator down,” is a classic Wall Street saying. The last week has sure felt like taking an express elevator down, as the end of February brought a historic stock market sell-off, with the S&P 500 Index moving from an all-time high to a 10% correction in … Continued

COVID-19 and What to Expect

Anyone else need a hug? These past few days have been trying for all of us, making us realize the value of life, and how fragile it can be. Our economy and standard of living are both showing cracks. I’ll be the first to admit that I underestimated the potential economic impact of the Covid-19 … Continued

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