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Check out this curated list of Sweat Your Assets monthly content for Oct-23 (Monthly Digest #34).


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An eye view of Stock Market Indicators, as of  October 2023:

[This month | previous month | previous two months | % changes over five years].  

  • VIX (volatility index) – the fear gauge: 19.64 | 17.28 |13.92 | +0.67% (Fear perception is rapidly growing).
  • S&P 500: 4,168 | 4,288 | 4,514.87 | + 53.07% (Still relatively high, but in negative trends for the last months).
  • S&P 500 P/E Ratio23.8324.48 | 25.45. (Historically, the median value is 17.86, with a typical range between 19.33 and 27.91). 
  • BND – Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund: USD 68.68| 69.78 | 71.63 |  -11.37% (The bond market suffered from high-interest rates).
  • VNQ – Vanguard REITS – Real Estate: USD 71.86 | 75.66 | 82.99 |  -7.92% Negative trend. 
  • GLD – SPDR Gold Shares: USD 186 | 171.45 | 180.32 | +59.52% Growing trends, connected to fear.

 October’s investment market is clearly on a negative trend. It does not come as a surprise: too much is happening, from slowing economies, wars, inflation, and high interest rates. While I remain invested, I cautiously increase cash and cash alternative reserves – including gold certificates – for future deals. 


  • Higher standardThe only thing that changes our lives long-term is when we raise our standardsTony Robbins
  • Be a free thinker. Don’t take refuge in the false security of consensus. Christopher Hitchens 
  • Gold. Gold is money. Everything else is CreditJ.P. Morgan (1912) 



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Until Next Month…Keep it Real and Sweat Your Assets.


Alessandro BARONI


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