In 2013 equity markets through the end of September advanced in most parts of the world to finish with an overall gain of over +15% as measured by the Global Dow (GDOW). The equity markets in Europe, Asia, North and South America all finished in the plus column. Right now I prefer to overweight stocks versus bonds.
Looking forward I believe third quarter earnings will be solid and may be a catalyst to move the markets higher before the end of 2013. As long as car buying and home purchases remain strong, the stock market should continue to recover.
My investment approach is to buy companies with consistent earning power, high return-on-equity while employing little or no long-term debt and to purchase at reasonable prices with a high margin of safety. I have a system that filters thousands of stocks on a weekly basis using the Sparrow 75-point checklist that screens the highest quality companies, which are then reviewed and considered for purchase in the Covestor Hard and Soft Commodity and Fundamental Growth portfolios.
As always, my family and I have almost all of our equity investments in the stocks that are in your portfolios, this does not guarantee a return, but it does focus my attention on things that matter to you as an investor.
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