Market Update 05-30-17

The Issachar Fund (LIONX) remains fully invested and leveraged with positions in Floating Rate Bond, Unconstrained Bond, Preferred Stock, High-Yield Muni Bond and Emerging Market Bond Mutual Funds and a few ETFs in the High-Yield Muni and Preferred space as of 5/30/17.  I sold a slower moving muni bond ETF and traded for a faster moving high-yield muni ETF.  I am able to obtain leverage in LIONX through the use of Total Return Swap Contracts which allows me to buy more low volatility (lower risk) up-trending mutual funds and ETFs.  Leverage is a tool and I believe if properly used, it can reduce risk and provide better returns however one must be disciplined and focused on the bottom-line every day. I have found that there are times to be fully invested and leveraged and there are times to be in the preservation mode (in cash) and I do not believe now is a time to be in cash.  However, I intend to protect shareholder assets and grow them when I feel the risk justifies the potential reward. I love making money but I hate losing it more!   (Portfolio holdings are subject to change at any time and should not be considered investment advice.)

The charts seem to be telling me that money might be flowing into the high-yield muni space because the Trump tax cut might get delayed and the economy might not be growing as fast as expected which means the Fed might not be able to raise rates as promised.  Lower bond yields should translate into higher bond prices if economic growth declines.  Money also appears to be flowing out of the regional banks maybe because the economy will not grow at the expected 4.1% GDP growth rate estimated by the Atlanta Fed.  Money also appears to be flowing in the international small-cap space and I am watching this area closely for a potential equity play.  I am content with the way LIONX is positioned given the risk the portfolio is taking.  However, I will not hesitate to sell or hedge any portfolio positions when my sell criteria are met.  In order to be a successful investor in the long-run, I believe one must have an exit plan and the discipline to stick to it when things go wrong.

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ Index is at an all-time high while the S&P Crude Oil Total Return Index takes another turn lower despite promised OPEC cuts over the next nine months. The price of oil is back below $50/barrel which is good for the consumer but no so good for the oil producers and service companies especially where I live.  For the first time in almost 30 years, Moody’s downgraded China’s sovereign credit rating by one notch  over fears that China will not be able to pay off its debts which is 260% of its GDP.  Will the mass exodus of Chinese money fleeing the country finally cause the bit coin bubble mania to burst?  Keep your eyes on the ball because no one cares more about your money than you do!

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NASDAQ Index: an index of more than 3,000 stocks listed on the Nasdaq exchange that includes the world’s foremost technology and biotech giants.

S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged composite of 500 large capitalization companies.  This index is widely used by professional investors as a performance benchmark for large-cap stocks.

Swap Contract: agreement in which one party makes payments based on a set rate, while the other party makes payments based on the return of an equityunderlying asset, which includes both the income it generates and any capital gains.

Leverage: using borrowed money to increase the potential return of an investment

S&P Crude Oil Total Return Index: The index reflects the returns that are potentially available through an unleveraged investment in the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures contract.


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