In early February, the Forest Landowner’s Association (FLA) held its annual Board of Directors meeting in Washington, DC to discuss plans, policies and progress the FLA has made in promoting the needs of private forest landowners throughout the United States. During our stay in DC, we take the time to meet with various Representatives and Senators to discuss the issues that affect their constituents and provide them with expert advice on how to best meet their needs.
Global equity and commodity markets are currently seeing some significant fluctuations lately. As was mentioned in one of our last blog posts titled “Stock Market Make You Worried? Take a Walk in Your Woods,” it’s become more difficult to predict why these markets move the way they do. Certainly, there are some very visible events that influence investing trends, but the predictability of the market has become much more of an art than science over the years. This week’s news that the Administration is talking about placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports created another mild panic, as stocks again lost ground again after mostly recovering from the “correction” that occurred several weeks back. Fears of a global trade war beginning have some advisors suggesting caution going forward, as Canada, the European Union and other countries (including China) may retaliate and create additional uncertainties that make specific equity sectors very unattractive – at least in the short term.