Rising From the Ashes

In early 2020, very few people understood the gravity of the situation occurring in China and the devastating impact that the global pandemic would have. This new disease, and the subsequent efforts to contain it, impacted the entire world. It has changed the way we work, changed the way we interacted, and changed the way many of us thought about disease and healthcare.

Death to the 60/40! Long Live the 60/40!

The traditional 60/40 balanced portfolio is no stranger to coming under fire. Many pundits have decreed the death of the balanced portfolio, arguing that a low yield environment will prove insurmountable and bonds will no longer be able to provide necessary diversification for investor portfolios. This proclamation has yet to be proven correct, and in the investment management industry, being too early is the same thing as being wrong. That being said, is this time different?

The Game Has Changed

It’s likely safe to classify 2020 as a year that has defied expectations and predictions. Led by COVID-19, the real economy and financial markets have felt the wrath of the pandemic. Since March however, there has been a disconnect between the stock market and “main street,” as the real economy continues to sputter while equity…

Explaining the Disconnect Between the Economy and Stock Market

This week, the S&P 500 flirted with overtaking its high watermark from February of this year, leaving many scratching their head as to how, and why, the stock market has rebounded this quickly. Since the bottom in March, the S&P 500 has risen approximately 50 percent, taking only 175 days for the index to complete a…

Not Everyone Is A Winner

While in the midst of COVID-19, historical levels of unemployment, unprecedented levels of economic stimulus, and falling corporate profits, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) is in positive territory for 2020. The economic data would indicate we are in a recession, yet U.S. equity markets are not behaving as such. A recent article by…

Buyer Beware

One unintended consequence of COVID-19’s impact on financial markets has been the influx of new retail investors. Online brokerages, such as Robinhood, provide a platform where almost anyone can deploy capital into public markets, regardless of their experience or financial means. While the goal of platforms like Robinhood is to “democratize” investing, the ease of…

Preparation vs. Prediction

After a precipitous decline from February 19th to March 23rd, equity markets have rebounded significantly. Simultaneously, oil prices and volatility have experienced extreme fluctuations, central banks are implementing waves of stimulus, and governments are considering the relaxation of social distancing restrictions. This leaves many investors, including the famed and veteran varieties, unsure on a path…

Confusion Amid the Rally

Beyond COVID-19 updates, current headlines are littered with reference to underwhelming economic data, such as spiking unemployment and suffering corporate profitability. During this period, equity markets have seen one of their best stretches of historical performance, which is leaving many investors puzzled. A recent article in the L.A. Times speaks to this phenomenon and attempts…

O Canada! Why We Diversify

The COVID-19 global pandemic is a historic event that has galvanized intergenerational cohorts in the fight against a common enemy. I will not attempt to wax-poetic about the implications this will have on our way of life for when we inevitability get through to the other side of this epidemic, as there are much more qualified experts that can offer better educated opinions on the matter then I can. What I will attempt to do is explore a way to reframe the implications of this health crisis for investors that are dealing with both emotional and financial stress as a result of the pandemic.

Why You Should Hold Bonds

The most recent pullback in equity prices due to uncertainty around COVID-19 has resulted in another leg lower for bond yields as investors clambered to gain exposure to the safety of fixed income products. The steady march lower in yields is once again prompting market participants to question how much lower yields can go, and…