What’s the S&P 500 Without Its FAANGs?

Given the sheer size of “mega cap stocks”—being Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOG & GOOGL), Meta Platforms (FB), Tesla (TSLA), NVIDIA (NVDA), and formerly Netflix (NFLX)—most portfolios carry noteworthy exposure to these companies.  And so it’s worth asking: how would the S&P 500, and most of our portfolios, have performed without these … 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

Economic Update — Reviewing Q1 2022

The post-pandemic stock market rally came to a sobering halt in the first quarter of 2022. All three major US indices fell by double digit percentage points at some point in Q1. The Dow ended the first quarter of 2022 4.6% lower, the S&P 500 finished Q1 down 5%, and the NASDAQ was off 9.1% … Continued

Earnings Season Playbook: Q1 2022 Reports To Watch

Earnings season rolls around four times a year and brings with it a frenzy of information. After a year of strong earnings reports in 2021, the first results of 2022 may be a bellwether for the year to come. This rings especially true given how the major averages have sunk into correction, and even bear … Continued

Monthly Market Wrap: March 2022

Welcome back to the Monthly Market Wrap from YCharts, where we 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? Subscribe below: … Continued

Monthly Canada Market Wrap: March 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

Recession Forecasting with Michael Gayed

FEATURING THE LEAD-LAG REPORT‘S PUBLISHER, MICHAEL GAYED  I’m a firm believer that when it comes to examining current economic and market conditions, the bond market gets it right more often than the stock market. With inflation rates soaring and the Fed ending its years-long ultra-loose monetary policy conditions, the big question is whether or not … Continued

Interest Rates Are Getting Weird with Ben Carlson

This post originally appeared on Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense on 3/22/22. Follow Ben on Twitter @awealthofcs for more!  —— Interest rates are on the move. Here’s a look at government bond yields moving up across the board: Download Visual l Modify in YCharts These yields still pale in comparison with the inflation rate but rates are now much … Continued

Your Complete Guide to Sector Rotation

As the economy expands and contracts, so do the financial performances of companies across the 11 stock sectors. When the outlook is positive, economically sensitive companies perform better and investors are prompted to buy their shares. If the outlook turns sour, investors may sell out of those companies and swap into investments that can better … Continued