Economic Update — Reviewing Q2 2020

The first quarter of 2020 was one of the worst on record for the US stock market, but the second quarter proved to be one of the best. In Q2, the S&P 500 was up 20.5%, the Dow climbed 18.5%, and Nasdaq Composite gained a staggering 30.9% on a total return basis. After the market’s … Continued

Where Are Investors Placing Recovery Bets? Reviewing Fund Flows in Q2 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, the covid-19 pandemic impacted both equity and fixed income markets, with the S&P 500 Total Return (^SPXTR) down 19.6% and the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate (^BBUSATR) 3.2% higher through the end of Q1. However, it’s been a different narrative since the market bottomed-out in the final weeks of March. … Continued

S&P 500 Storylines with Lyn Alden

FEATURING: LYN ALDEN One thing I continue to monitor is the consolidation (and potential pivot point) for the ratio of the equal weight S&P 500 $RSP and the market weight version $SPY. Equal weight tends to outperform over the long run, but underperform at the 2nd half of a business cycle. pic.twitter.com/aEompytdMh — Lyn Alden … Continued

Accepting an Imperfect Portfolio with Nick Maggiulli

  FEATURING: NICK MAGGIULLI Q: Tell us about your role at Ritholtz Wealth Management and your “Of Dollars And Data” blog. How do you hope to educate investors about the importance of data when making investment decisions? A: I maintain my blog at “Of Dollars And Data” to help people make better financial decisions using … Continued

Economic Update — Reviewing Q1 2020

The first quarter of 2020 was one for the record books. Major indices set all-time-highs in mid-February and extended an already historic bull market into 2020 before the spread of COVID-19 sent equity markets into a nosedive. Since then, investors have seen some of the best and worst single days in market history as investors … Continued

Resources for Client Communications in a Bear Market

On February 19th, the S&P 500 set a new all-time-high. The Nasdaq Composite also set a new high that day, while the Dow Jones topped out a week earlier on February 12th. Since then, we’ve witnessed some of the worst sessions in stock market history. It’s worth saying that first and foremost, there are more … Continued

Resources for Client Communications on Coronavirus

The S&P 500 is nearly 20% off the all-time-high it set less than a month ago on February 19th, at times moving into the -20% bear market territory. Thursday, March 12th was the S&P 500’s worst day since Black Monday in 1987. The shock of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be felt not only in investors’ portfolios, but also … Continued

Charts of the Decade: Looking Back on the 2010s

The end of the year, and now the end of the decade, provide an opportunity to look inward and reflect on our successes and failures, think critically about where we went wrong, and make resolutions to be better versions of ourselves going forward. But that sounds like a lot of work. Instead, we at YCharts … Continued

A Recession-Free Decade with Michael Antonelli

FEATURING MICHAEL ANTONELLI, AKA @BullandBaird Q: Can you tell us about Baird and what you do there? A: Baird is a financial services company that serves institutional and private wealth clients, and manages $150 billion in assets. As a Market Strategist, I communicate with our clients about our firm’s perspectives on the markets. On my … Continued

5 Things To Know Before Buying an IPO

IPOs? More like IP-woes, am I right? Unless you got in on Beyond Meat (BYND) early — good for you if you did — you’re probably eating losses from that IPO you bought into this year. While Beyond Meat, PagerDuty (PD), and Zoom Video Communications (ZM) have debuted with well-deserved hype, other big names like … Continued