Market Downturn Likely…

Dave Harden, President/CIO of Summit Global Investments, shares his insight regarding what he sees as a market correction coming within the next 6-12 months and why investors shouldn’t be complacent in their investing.

The article was written by Karen McMasters of on August 9, 2017.

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SGI’s ‘View from the Summit’ 2017Q2 Market Commentary

CLICK HERE for SGI’s Q2 2017 market commentary, covering the markets, the economy, volatility matters, interest rates, consumer sentiment, valuations, sectors, factors and wrapping up with SGI’s outlook for the second half of 2017.



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9 Signs for Selling a Stock

Aash Shah, senior portfolio manager for Summit Global Investments discusses nine signs that indicate it might be time to sell a stock. If you’re considering a review of your investment portfolio, you should know the signs for whether you should sell or keep certain stocks.

The article can be found at the NewsMax Finance website.

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SGI’s ‘View from the Summit’ Q12017 Market Commentary

CLICK HERE for the SGI’s quarterly market commentary ‘View from the Summit’ covering Q1 2017.

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5 Ratios Investors Need to Know

Aash Shah, Senior Portfolio Manager with SGI, sits down with Jeff Brown of U.S. News & World Report for a discussion on the types of investment ratios investors should consider when researching investment opportunities. Click the link below for the article:

5 Ratios Investors Need to Know

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Maximize Your Upside While Limiting Your Downside

Summit Global Investments President & CIO Dave Harden sits down for an interview with Wallace Forbes at Dave discusses why risk management is an important element in a portfolio and what sets Summit Global Investments (SGI) apart with a low volatility approach to equity investing. Article

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Dave Harden Interview from – 9.15.16

On September 15, 2016, Dave Harden (President & CIO) of Summit Global Investments sat down for an interview with Chuck Jaffe from Click here to view the site and here for the audio file of the interview.

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Bryce Sutton Article for – Millennial Money

Bryce Sutton, Summit Global Investments Managing Director, shares keen insight in his article with on the investing styles of the millennial generation. He shares tips on how millennials can become more knowledgable about the stock market, how low volatility investing can coincide with their risk averse outlook toward saving for the future and how having an advisor can create a potential advantage for them as they build ties and create a relationship that can help guide them toward their investment goals.

Click here to view the article ‘Millennial Money – From Stock Shy to Stock Saavy.

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Bloomberg Interview – Taking Stock with David Harden, CEO of Summit Global Investments

The link below is an 8-minute mp3 audio file of David Harden’s interview with Pimm Fox and Kathleen Hays of Bloomberg’s Taking Stock podcast on 8/16/2016. David discusses SGI’s low volatility strategy and how it works within various market environments.

Bloomberg Interview – Taking Stock with David Harden, CEO of Summit Global Investments

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Will 2016 Be a Recession Year?

Wall Street kicked off the New Year with the worst start since 2008 with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeting more than 450 points at one point on opening day, Jan. 4. By the end of the week, the Dow closed down triple digits, ending one of the worst first weeks ever.  The markets have continued this week, now entering correction territory.  Could the recent market turmoil be a harbinger of more in 2016?  With an open presidential election, a rise in global terror, a sluggish economy and upcoming interest rate increases, 2016 may be in for a bumpy year on Wall Street.

There are a number of pessimistic predictions being floated around, with some warning about a recession or even a full-on crash. Slowing global growth has been one of the predominant investing themes in 2015. As the shockwaves from Europe, China and the developing markets spread, investors are wary that the U.S. might be the next powerhouse to fall to the global slowdown.

Even though these estimates may prove correct, they are probably too pessimistic. The $73.5 trillion global economy is expected to grow 3.1 percent in 2015 and 3.6 percent in 2016, according to the latest International Monetary Fund projections. These projections may prove too optimistic – China accounts for approximately 30% of global growth. As China fails to grow, so goes the global economy.

If we take a step back, a U.S. economic recession still seems unlikely, though the risk of such event is rising. The economy might not perform as well as we would like, but it does not seem to be like any of the economic disasters we’ve seen in the past. From a technical standpoint, a recession is defined as two negative quarters of GDP. If you look at the current economic situation in those terms, I don’t see a recession happening in 2016. However, if there were continued extenuating circumstances, such as extreme weather conditions that limited the consumer from putting money to work or an emerging market collapse, could it be possible? Yes. But typically, even in the event of extreme weather, we’ve seen resiliency from consumers as they have been eager to go out and spend money. Though growth may be slower and happen at a sluggish rate, I don’t see two quarters of negative GDP in 2016.

However, two sectors that I see doing well in 2016 are defensive sectors and Technology. They’re both positioned pretty well right now. Defensive sectors tend to provide better protection during market volatility while Technology continues to innovate, and it’s likely to see continued growth in 2016.

More specifically, Forbes reported that some technology companies, particularly ones like IMAX, are prepared for big performances at the end of 2015 and into 2016. With blockbusters like Star Wars: Episode VII, Spectre, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 all having hit theatres through the end of 2015, look out for extreme growth in IMAX and other tech companies.  For areas I am not too positive on are anything tied to emerging markets or commodities, e.g., Materials, Industrials and Energy.  I just don’t see them doing as well as the prior Tech and defensive sectors.

So how do investors navigate through an upcoming year of uncertainty? To position a portfolio for a successful year, investors should adjust their thinking from short-term to long-term. Now is the time to look to strategies that are less vulnerable to these mounting economic and political risks. In a climate like this, low volatility strategies are primed to do well in 2016.

David Harden is President and Chief Investment Officer at Summit Global Investments, an SEC registered investment adviser specializing in low volatility investment strategies. Learn more at


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