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Money Talk Quiz, June 2022

MT Quiz

Each week in the Money Talk Podcast, Landaas & Company advisors offer insights for long-term investors by discussing the ever-changing circumstances of the financial markets. To test if you’re paying attention, try to answer the following questions, based on some of those conversations.

1.

In the April 29 Money Talk Podcast, Mike Hoelzl and Kyle Tetting discussed the  advent of bitcoin as an investment option in some 401(k) retirement accounts. Which THREE of the following were comments made by Kyle or Mike?

(Choose three.)

  1. “If you can’t tell me why it goes up or down (in value), then you shouldn’t get on that ride.”
  2. “Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do something.”
  3. “If an investment passes the scrutiny of a 401(k) administrator, it should be suitable for any investor.”
  4. “There’s something to be said for tried-and-true. There’s something to be said for long-term predictable results.”

(See correct answer below.)

2.

By the May 6 Money Talk Podcast, the S&P 500 index had declined 13% from where it began the year. Still, Chris Evers suggested that stocks could be looking more attractive. What was his reasoning?

(Choose one.)

  1. The rise in interest rates made fixed-income investments less appealing in comparison.
  2. Valuations had improved because earnings forecasts remained relatively strong and prices were down.
  3. The Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates was directly aimed at improving stock prices.
  4. Stock prices were about to cross a technical level at which analysts expected a recovery.

(See correct answer below.)

3.

In the May 13 Money Talk Podcast, Kyle Tetting and Art Rothschild discussed the significance of a possible bear market for stocks. Kyle said despite sinking prices, the fundamental outlook for stocks hasn’t changed lately. How did he define the term “bear market?”

(Choose one.)

  1. When a given stock index, such as the S&P 500, drops 10% or more from its previous high
  2. When a given stock index drops 10% or more from where it started the year
  3. When a given stock index closes down 20% or more from its previous high
  4. When the S&P 500 drops 20% or more from a valuation index named for Bear Stearns

(See correct answer below.)

4.

After months of volatility in both the stock and bond markets, Brian Kilb and Kyle Tetting said at least they were seeing signs that indicators were “making sense” and behaving more as expected. In the May 20 Money Talk Podcast, which of the following WAS NOT an example they gave?

(Choose one.)

  1. Price/earning ratios were near or below their long-term average.
  2. Bond yields were declining, thus steadying bond prices.
  3. Stock and bond values were moving in opposite directions.
  4. Consumer sentiment, a key to GDP growth, was rising.

(See correct answer below.)

Answers

1.

a., b. and c.

Learn more
Thinking about buying the latest new cryptocurrency or token? from Investor.gov
Investment risk, explained, from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Cryptocurrencies, from FINRA
Market Risk: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, from FINRA

2.

b. Valuations had improved because earnings forecasts remained relatively strong and prices were down.

Learn more
Valuations: What stocks are worth, a Money Talk Video with Brian Kilb
Stock valuations: Time to buy or sell? a Money Talk Video with Dave Sandstrom
The case for active funds amid volatility, a Money Talk Video with Kyle Tetting

3.

c. When a given stock index closes down 20% or more from its previous high

Learn more
The simple bear necessities, by Kyle Tetting and Joel Dresang
What to know about bear markets, a Money Talk Video with Steve Giles
Stocks: Long-term, consistent returns, a Money Talk Video with Dave Sandstrom
For What It’s Worth: Bulls and Bears, by Joel Dresang

4.

d. Consumer sentiment, a key to GDP growth, was rising. (WAS NOT an example)

Learn more
Valuing investments: Price-earnings ratio, a Money Talk Video with Dave Sandstrom
Be patient holding bonds as rates rise, a Money Talk Video with Steve Giles
Mind correlation to control risk,  a Money Talk Video with Paige Radke

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