What Happens After A Fed Rate Hike?

Fasten your seatbelts, everyone—interest rates have lifted off. In June 2022, the Fed Chair Jay Powell and the FOMC voted to hike their target range by 75 basis points, to 1.50-1.75%. Marking the largest single hike since 1994, the Fed delivered investors a mixed bag of emotions—everyone wants inflation to cool off, and a higher … Continued

Monthly Market Wrap: May 2022

Welcome back to the Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts, where we review and break down the most important market trends for advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Market Wrap sent straight to your inbox? … Continued

Monthly Canada Market Wrap: May 2022

Welcome back to the Canadian Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts! Here, we break down the most important market trends for Canada-based advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Canada Market Wrap sent straight to your … Continued

Is the 60/40 Portfolio Drowning?

Is it time to revisit the 60/40 Portfolio?   “The 60/40 Portfolio Is Dead” (January 25, 2022)… ”Why a 60/40 Portfolio Is No Longer Good Enough” (August 12, 2020)… “Time for FAs to Rethink Portfolio Construction Rules: Execs” (May 13, 2022)… ”Traditional 60/40 portfolio has actually reached its expiration date” (September 2, 2021).    Apparently, … Continued

Inverted Yield Curve: What It Means and How to Navigate it

At the start of April 2022, the 3-Year Treasury Note yielded the most of any US treasury. The 3-year rate was higher than the 5-year, 10-year, 20-year, and even the interest paid by a 30-Year Treasury Bond, which was yielding 17 basis points less than the 3-Year. In similar fashion, the 10-2 year treasury spread, … Continued

7 Best Asset Classes to Hedge Against Inflation

The US Inflation Rate reached 8.26% in April 2022, hovering around its highest level since “The Great Inflation” of the 1980s. US Core Inflation and Core CPI have not only topped 6% for the first time since September 1982, but each has remained above 6% for all of 2022 so far. Download Visual | Modify … Continued

Monthly Market Wrap: April 2022

Welcome back to the Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts, where we review and break down the most important market trends for advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Market Wrap sent straight to your inbox? … Continued

Monthly Canada Market Wrap: April 2022

Welcome back to the Canadian Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts! Here, we break down the most important market trends for Canada-based advisors and their clients every month. As always, feel free to download and share any visuals with clients and colleagues, or on social media. Want the Monthly Canada Market Wrap sent straight to your … Continued

The Risks & Rewards of Leaning into Mega Caps

There are over 29,000 individual stocks listed in the YCharts stock universe. But what if we told you that a typical investor portfolio has as much as one-eighth of its entire value riding on just eight companies? Given the sheer size of the Mega Cap Stocks—those companies being Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix … Continued

How Oil and Gas Prices Impact the Economy

Since 2000, gas prices have exhibited a generally upward trend, with a few major pullbacks, and have also become increasingly volatile. It begs the question: why are gas prices going up all of a sudden? Lately, the conflict between Russia & Ukraine, rising inflation, and a global economic rebound are all combining to drive oil … Continued