Head in the Clouds
We hear a lot of derision when the stock market is used as an economic indicator. The skepticism is understandable, and a lot of times may be warranted.
Head in the Clouds
Sticking the Landing
It is somewhat unsurprising the humble Midwest town of Des Moines, Iowa, is a hotbed for gymnastics, having been the development and training ground for some of the sport’s top athletes.
The Road to Recovery
With the release of the final estimate of second quarter GDP, the severity of the pandemic-induced lockdown of the U.S. economy became quantifiably manifest.
Whatever It Takes
The quarter began with continued Federal Reserve (Fed) policy actions to stem the significant decline in economic activity. The key policy regarding the fixed income market was the suspension of supplementary leverage ratios for banks.
Quarter in Review
Domestic equities captured their best performance since 1998. Their dramatic retracement took many by surprise, given the events that impacted the global economy during the first quarter.
Bouncing Back: How High, How Quickly?
With the recent release of the final measure of first quarter GDP, which registered -5.0%, investor attention is now migrating to the anticipated result for the quarter just ended.
What a ride!
What a way to start a decade. Our major concerns coming into the new year were what US-China trade conflict resolution would look like and the impact of the 2020 general elections.
“Weeks Where Decades Happen”
The first quarter of 2020 was figuratively one of those “weeks where decades happen,” to quote the popular Vladimir Lenin phrase.
A Tale of Two Cities – Redux
What a difference a quarter makes. You may recall Jon Augustine, in our last Insight, presented a quote from the Charles Dickens novel mentioned above; “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Investors experienced what Dickens captured as the “worst of times” as market volatility surged during the first quarter.
Through the Rain
One of the significant attributes of humans is irrationality. It is both an aid and an anathema to investors. Without this irrationality, it would be close to impossible to generate excess returns, and without it, losses would also be less likely.