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2019 Investment Outlook Seminar – The Quiz

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See how much you were paying attention to Bob Landaas at the latest investment outlook seminar for clients. Or, if you weren’t there, learn a little about what you missed.
Click here for the answers – AFTER you take the quiz.

VIEW THE SEMINAR VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE.

Click here for the 2019 seminar playlist on YouTube.

1. Using the graph below, match the country to the percentage of its gross domestic product that comes from exports.

Exports Q

  • China___
  • Germany___
  • United States___

2. Using the chart below, match the percentage of U.S. gross domestic product that comes from each category.

GDP Q

  • business spending___
  • consumer spending___
  • government spending___

3. At the seminar, Bob said he has been fielding a lot of questions recently about when the next economic recession will hit. He said his usual response is:

  1. Beginning in the second half of 2020
  2. Beginning in the second quarter of 2020
  3. There are too many variables; it’s too hard to predict.
  4. It’s not official, but we’re already in one.

4. TRUE or FALSE? Recent interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve Board should give monetary policy makers more leverage for dealing with an eventual recession.

5. What is the intended message from the graphic below?Drivers of GDP Growth

  1. After weakening in recent years, GDP is due to rise again.
  2. With slower growth in workers and output, expect slower economic growth.
  3. The U.S. needs to develop different drivers to grow GDP faster.
  4. GDP could use a better balance between the growth of workers and output.

6. What is an inverted yield curve?

  1. The real name for the “efficient frontier” graphic showing how at some point, it might not be worth the added risk to seek higher returns
  2. The difference over time between the earnings yield for the S&P 500 and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note
  3. A relatively rare occurrence when short-term interest rates are higher than long-term interest rates
  4. A monthly comparison of the inverse of the average price-earnings ratio of the S&P 500

7. Which TWO of these did Bob say he was taught?

  1. Trust no one over 30.
  2. Trust no one who says, “Trust me.”
  3. Trust no one until you check out their credentials.
  4. Trust no one who says, “This time, it’s different.”

8. Which is the bigger number: 1.5% or 5.7%?

9. Which of these WAS NOT a suggestion for positioning bonds?

  1. Avoid municipal bonds
  2. Stick to quality
  3. Avoid temptation of higher yields via lower quality
  4. Extend durations with a part of bond portfolio

10. Bob called this his all-time favorite chart. What is missing from it this year?Efficient Frontier

Also from the seminar

The outlook for value in your portfolio, a Money Talk Video with Kyle Tetting
Click here for the 2019 seminar playlist on YouTube.
 (initially posted Oct. 2, 2019)

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