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What Does The Walking Dead Have in Common with The Market?

Are you a fan of the hit TV series The Walking Dead on the cable TV channel AMC? The popular American horror show, based on the comic book series of the same name and already renewed for a sixth season, first made its appearance in 2010. Viewers follow the fictional character Rick Grimes, a sheriff’s deputy who is faced with the task of surviving in a Zombie-filled apocalyptic environment. So what does The Walking Dead have in common with the stock market? Zack Shepard gave us his take on a recent episode of After The Bell.

Zack Shepard of Matson Money recently appeared as a guest on the Fox Business channel show. The co-host of the show raised some concerns people are having about the value of the dollar bill, noting that some worry that the job market as well as the financial troubles in Greece could negatively affect it. This leads to the question: are investors panicking too much?

Shepard answered the question with an analogy to The Walking Dead TV show. He noted that trying to predict how the dollar will perform in the future is like trying to predict which character in The Walking Dead will turn into the next zombie: you can’t figure it out. Since trying to predict the market is inherently impossible, it is an exercise in futility. Shepard went on to explain that investors can actually lose money trying to predict what will happen in the market.

Instead, Matson Money recommends that investors keep calm, own a well-diversified portfolio, focus on the long-term and avoid predictions. Of course, investors should keep in mind that this is a suggestion from the Matson team and that no investment strategy can guarantee future results. See more of the After The Bell segment by watching the video!

Zack Shepard Keeps the Long-Term in Close Sight Despite an Unpromising First Quarter for Stocks

Zack Shepard, vice president of communications at Matson Money, Inc., spoke with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News about the market’s unimpressive first quarter in April 2014.  Holding true to his beliefs and real world experience as a financial investor and coach, he told viewers that an unimpressive first quarter is not unprecedented.

It has happened before, it’s happening now, and it will happen in the future.  But despite this trend, the market, as history shows, tends to triumph in the long run.

At the beginning of the segment, Cavuto shows the year-to-date percentage losses/gains of major markets including Dow Jones, Standard & Poor’s, and Nasdaq. According to Fox Business News, the loss/gains were -1%, 1%, and 1%, respectively.

Categorical year-to-date gains and losses of the first quarter included:

  • Energy sector – 0.95%
  • Technology sector – 1.1%
  • Financial sector – 0.86%
  • Healthcare – 5.23%
  • Utilities sector – 2.94%

When Shepard was asked what he made of the market’s first quarter and the future, he said he looked at the matter historically.  In his research, he found no correlation between first quarter market activity and market activity in future quarters.

Yet Cavuto asked: “What does the rest of the year look like as a result of the opening quarter?”

“I think investors should be looking out further than the rest of the year,” said Shepard.  “I think investors should be looking for a lifetime.  And for me, I think investors are looking at fear right now.

“My advice to them is to feel the fear and invest anyway.”

Invest long-term.  Invest in equities.  And invest in capitalism to seek your American dream.