This monthly communication, “Financial Bullet Points,” will quickly and easily cover the main financial issues we see affecting the markets without being bogged down with a lot of details.

Written by Bob Barber, Prepared on Oct 27th, 2023

The Bullet Points for November are:

  1. Markets have been consumed with the 10-year bond yield moving from 3.8% to 5% for the first time in many years and are realizing that current interest rates may be here to stay. Lately, every time the 10-year bond has touched 5%, it bounces a little below that mark, so this could be the peak.
  2. The inverted yield curve (i.e., short-term interest rates are higher than long-term rates) we’ve had for the last 18-24 months usually indicates a coming recession, but that may soon change to a normal yield curve indicated by the rise in recent long-term rates.
  3. Emphasis on fixed income. Our ultra-conservative managed portfolio is now yielding over 6% net of fees. We use the same fixed-income portfolio for 78% of our conservative, 38% of our moderate, and 21% of our growth-managed portfolio. With a simple phone call from you, we can easily move from one portfolio to another. With interest rates so good now, we understand if you want to move a portion or all of your portfolios to ultra-conservative.
  4. In October, we restructured 50% of our equity exposure to an equal weighting of 49 of the most fundamentally sound, deep-valued, Biblically responsible stocks we could find in the marketplace. The average net dividend of these 49 stocks to you is 4.06%, so if we can get just 2-5% annual appreciation on top of the dividend, that’s a good total annual return. We will decide quarterly which of the 49 stocks to keep or replace depending on their value and fundamentals scores.
  5. The markets have been pricing in a coming recession for the last three months, yet on October 24th, GPD came in very hot at a 4.9% annual growth rate, or more than double the previous quarter. The markets continue to be surprised at the resilience of the U.S. economy and keep pricing in a recession by its behavior at this time. We are focusing on the interest and dividends spinning off our holdings over price appreciation until the markets come to their senses.
  6. Get educated. This month’s programs for Christian Financial Perspectives are:
      • 10 Ways to Overcome Inflation (Nov 7th)
      • Ten Year-End Tax Strategies (Nov 14th)
      • 7 Takeaways for Christmas Spending (Nov 21st)
      • Year-End Charitable Gifting Ideas (Nov 28th)

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Until next time, we hope you have a wonderful November! That’s all for now.

If you would like further explanation of any of the bullet points mentioned, please call or text (830) 609-6986 during business hours or email us by clicking here.

Bob Barber, Founder & Owner
Christian Financial Advisors®

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