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Things I Don't Know

Things I Don’t Know

Over the past thirty years as an investment advisor, I’ve learned the three most important words in investing: I don’t know.

Where will the S&P 500 end up at year end? I don’t know.

What about the 10-year yield? I don’t know.

Is now a good time to own gold? I don’t know.

Where is crude oil headed? I don’t know.

Will the recent pull back in stocks lead to a 10-20% correction? I don’t know.

Will the U.S. enter a recession next year? I don’t know.

What will be the best performing sectors and asset classes over the next year? I don’t know.

Will the FED hike rates later this year? I don’t know.

Will the stock market crash if we don't get tax reform? I don’t know. 

So the next time you turn on CNBC and happen to hear a few market prognostications, please tell yourself theses few words: They don't know.

With timeless advice for today's investment punditry, Mark Twain said it best over 150 years ago:

It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.