Shervin Pishevar says stocks are heavily overvalued

The stock market has taken investors on a wild ride throughout 2018. A market that had featured historically low volatility for the previous two years has seen volatility and all of its nasty effects come roaring back. At the same time, the market was in negative territory for the year as late as the 10th month of the fiscal year, representing a level of underperformance that hasn’t been seen in a decade and possibly signaling the end of the bull market.

But Shervin Pishevar, one of the most prominent venture capitalists in the world today, says that this development is not the slightest bit surprising. In fact, Shervin Pishevar had predicted way back in February that the stock market would ultimately end up lower in 2018 that it had begun. Shervin Pishevar has consistently been sounding the alarms against the Fed’s open market operations and the consequences that such actions have had both on the equity and bond markets. He says that the can-kicking policies of the Federal Reserve have made the current economic situation worse than it would have otherwise been. Investors now face a situation where their current bond portfolios could soon lose massively at the same time that equities plummet.

Stocks are historic overvaluations

Shervin Pishevar says that the stock market has reached a point of historic overvaluation. This has been heavily and directly influenced by the policies of the nation’s central bank. Through driving interest rates and bond yields through the floor, the Fed has encouraged massive levels of corporate stock buybacks.

At the same time, it has forced investors to chase yields wherever they can be found. In this case, investors have piled into equities, driving the prices of the U.S. equity markets through the roof. Pishevar says that this will eventually cause an inevitable correction as bonds begin to rise. But this will spell double trouble for those who currently own both bonds and stocks.

Current bonds, with their extremely low yields, could lose a great deal of value just as equities are also crashing. Pishevar says that this could cause a great deal of pain among investors in the months to come.

Skout Survey Reveals All About Online Global Friendships

Skout is one of the top dating apps in the online friendship community. Sometimes, the word dating overtakes the word friendship. The truth is a lot of people look to meet others strictly for friendship, conversation, and online interactions. Millions upon millions of people have fairly good friends they know through the internet. Amazingly, three out of four people with really good online friends have never met each other in person.

Skout produces an amazing global app that allows people from all over the world to meet one another. Skout recently promoted an “International Online Friendship Day” survey, and it is this survey that reveals 75% of people with online friends never met in person. The survey shows 76% of Americans with online friends in other parts of the world have never met their internet buddies in real life. The survey also shows 80+% of people with online friends do want to meet those persons one day. A bit of traveling may be required to do so, but that is part of the fun.

People do love to meet others from around the world. When someone is unable to travel, access via the internet brings everyone a lot closer together. One reason Skout is so popular is the app is perfect for people who want to meet others in different regions of the globe. Skout’s community comprises 180+ countries. The service can be accessed in 16 languages further expanding the ability to meet people. Upon looking at how easy it is to met others online, no one should be surprised that global friendships are growing the way they are.

Another things that should not be considered surprising is the contribution of mobile devices to the grand world of online friendships. Mobile phones are always within arm’s reach. Global communications requires doing nothing more than just talking a smartphone out of one’s pocket and connecting to the internet. Ten years of so ago, a person would have to wait until arriving at home to log onto the internet. These days, conversing with people in France and China can be done on a group chat initiated from a taxi cab.

Accessing the right platform is important to the process. The size of the community, the ease of navigating the platform, and other traits contribute to the overall positive experience. Skout is popular for a reason. The app serves up a near-perfect user experience.