Market Update 3-31-17

LIONX is fully invested and leveraged with positions in Floating Rates, Unconstrained Bonds, Preferreds and Emerging Market Bond Mutual Funds as of 3/31/17.  The positions I currently hold and prefer to hold are trending up in a low volatility price trend that I believe is sustainable.  Money is still sloshing around trying to find a happy home and there appears to be a great deal of money chasing yield so bonds continue to attract investors seeking a higher yield.  Junk bonds are back on my radar but I am waiting to see if they can break out of this straight down then straight up pattern they have traded in this month.  The oil market (represented by the Dow Jones US Oil and Gas Producers Index) has experienced a steep decline this month and the junk bond market (represented by the Merrill Lynch High Yield Index) was dragged down in sympathy with oil.  There are a lot of oil service type companies that issue junk bonds to finance their growth so it would seem logical for these types of junk bonds to trend in the same direction as the price of oil.  Again, junk bonds are on my radar but I want to see a break out of overhead resistance before I get interested again.  (Portfolio holdings are subject to change at any time and should not be considered investment advice.)

The US Consumer Sentiment Index just hit the highest level in 16 years! It certainly appears that investors are excited about the hope of Trump getting some potential tax reform legislation passed through Congress.  The repeal and replace of Obama Care did not go as planned and the market had an excuse to decline but it is surprisingly higher than the day it failed to get the votes needed to repeal and replace.  This kind of reaction by the market tells me that the market wants to head higher but it might need a little more time to convince the obstructionist that Trump really does want to Make America Great if they will just give him a chance.      

Japan has now experienced four consecutive quarters of growth! That is perhaps the longest period of growth since 2006.  Maybe the 26 year period of economic recession and stagnation has ended and it is time to consider investing in Japan again?  History shows us that the Japanese government created a financial bubble with ultra-low interest rates then they crushed the money supply to stop the speculation and that led to 26 years of deflation.  However, Japan may have learned a valuable lesson and they are on the right path now.  Needless to say, I have my eyes on potential investments in Japan if I can find trends that offer good risk-adjusted returns.  


I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33

The Issachar Fund (LIONX) is a No-Load Mutual Fund that can be purchased at several major retail brokerages on their No-Transaction-Fee (NTF) platforms. I am the largest individual investor and all of my personal money is invested in LIONX so I am doing all I can to protect and grow the assets in LIONX.  I love making money and I hate losing it!  (No-Load mutual funds are sold without a sales charge; however other fees and expenses do apply to an investment in the Fund.)


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Dow Jones US Oil and Gas Producers Index: index is designed to measure the stock performance of U.S. companies in the oil and gas sector.

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