Can You Hedge a Stock Market Crash with an ETF?

The biggest stock market crashes of the 21st century are still etched into investors’ brains—the early 2000s Dot-Com bubble, the 2008 Financial Crisis, and the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic each rattled markets and our daily lives in unique ways. It seems that at any given moment, there are a number of reasons to expect a pull-back … Continued

Harness Volatility & Create Opportunity

While the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) has long served as a volatility yardstick for investors, the index again stepped into the limelight in March of 2020 when it spiked to its highest level ever. Just as was the case last year, investors are needing to tap into their fight or flight instincts early … Continued

Risk On, Risk Off with Michael Gayed

FEATURING: MICHAEL GAYED   Lot of you see I post using @ycharts which is legitimately one of the best research tools out there. Here’s a fun observation. Reactions to the news of Pfizer’s promising COVID vaccine? A switch out of “work from home” to “let’s go out and party.” Too soon? Probably. pic.twitter.com/m7OZRYsXys — Michael … 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

Portfolio Stress Testing for Prospect & Client Conversations

History tends to repeat itself—and the stock market is no exception. In fact, plenty of investors sincerely want this to be true. If history repeats itself, you can find securities you believe will follow a trend, invest in them, and watch as your bets pay off. (It’s almost never that easy.) On the flip side, … 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