An Update on the Coronavirus Situation

An Update on the Coronavirus Situation

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the Dow fell 969 points – just the latest in a week of wild swings.1 While monitoring the situation, a headline caught my eye: “Dow tumbles nearly 1,000 points again, because stocks can’t figure out coronavirus.”2 To me, this headline...
Then the Bond Market Said, “Hold My Beer…”

Then the Bond Market Said, “Hold My Beer…”

OVERVIEW Things continued to happen in financial markets this week after stocks ended the previous week with one of the largest weekly declines on record. Not to be outdone, bonds took center stage this week as U.S. 10-year and 30-year Treasuries had incredible drops...
Economic Green Shoots

Economic Green Shoots

OVERVIEW The U.S. stock market had another good week, with all the major indices ending in the green. The S&P 500 index, which represents the 500 largest companies in the U.S. by market capitalization, rose 1.58 percent. The more tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite did...
The Most Important Prong

The Most Important Prong

OVERVIEW The U.S. stock market rallied last week as the major indices posted gains of more than three percent. Volatility, as measured by the VIX Index, is up relative to the start of the year, but it did pull back a bit last week as the stock market bounced off its...
Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks hit a rough patch last week, as the S&P 500 fell a little over one percent. The most severe declines were centered around small-cap and value stocks, which fell about 2.24 and 1.31 percent, respectfully. Emerging market stocks brought up the...
A Little too Quiet?

A Little too Quiet?

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks rose yet again last week, with the S&P 500 rising 1.97 percent. This gain was roughly on par with the Dow, which rose 1.82 percent. The Nasdaq, however, outpaced both indices, rising 2.29 percent. International stocks lagged behind the U.S....