Joseph G. Witthohn, CFA
VP of Product Development Emerald Asset Management

Good morning.

I was … painfully … reviewing the market gyrations of the last few weeks and commented to someone more experienced (and better looking) than I that I felt bad for any “relatively new” investor who hasn’t witnessed something like this before. I made special mention that such an investor will open up their December statement and … hopefully …won’t panic. I then compared this to the 2000/2001 time frame … but was told that it is not at all the same.

Thinking back, I can see my mentor is correct.

Back in those “old days” we had individual stocks that went to great heights and then tremendous depths …while others hardly moved at all. Recently it seems the entire market is moving in tandem. A comment was made to me that it might be because so many investors are “indexing” and computer algorithms have been set up to sell (or buy) tremendously large blocks – quite rapidly – whenever certain levels are reached. And this means a very good stock might get unfairly punished … which seems to present an opportunity for those able to recognize this flower which might eventually bloom amid the weeds.

Okay, enough of that. I am quite early this morning as I leave for the airport on the way to the Consumer Electronic Show (“CES”). Over 180,000 people are expected to swarm Las Vegas to view … well … all sorts of electronics, with special focus on what we will be experiencing in the future. Self-driving cars, robots, drones and so much more will be there … and, frankly, there is not enough time to take it all in.

So my writing this week will be pretty chaotic … as I’ll be busy as all get-out.

With electronics in mind, many parents are facing the question on screen time for our kids. What is the limit? Should there be limits? It might be unfair, as we find ourselves often comparing kids today to the time when we were kids as we lived in the “stay outside until the street lights come on” era. Those days are long gone and, alas, we just have to adjust.

I will mention that I live in a town (Villanova, PA) in which every driveway seems to have a basketball hoop on some metal pole with a large base. I’ve lived here around ten years. And how many kids have I seen playing basketball in their driveway …or playing a pick-up game of football in the yard? Zero, squat, nada, zilch. But they look nice.

Technology has taken over.

But not all technology is positive. Personal information is being swiped from the database of major stores. Our phones are increasingly filled with annoying calls … and email is being infiltrated with virus.

Speaking of which.

If you get an email from me with a subject line of “Tinned Meat,” please don’t open it.

It’s spam!

Have a great day,

Joseph G. Witthohn, CFA
Vice President
Emerald Asset Management PA, LLC
610 Freedom Business Center Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Direct: (610) 285-9905

… as of 5:45 AM today …

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