Wealth and Wisdom

Fall 2020 Quarterly Commentary

The third quarter has ended following a roller-coaster ride of volatility for investors. Be that as it may, the S&P 500 returned an impressive 8.47% during this period. August saw the best month dating back to the mid-1980’s, and while the markets tumbled in September down 3.92%, it finished off the month with a rally of almost 4% during the last five trading days of the quarter.

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Market Update – September 25, 2020

The month of September continues to bring us increased volatility and a down market. Through Thursday’s market close, the S&P 500 is down 7.15% and now putting the index up only 1.90% Total Return year-to-date. This has led investors to ask if this is the beginning of a big market sell off.

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Market Update – August 28, 2020

Inflation is a topic that is starting to get more attention on Wall Street. The Federal Reserve and Congress took strong measures to combat the rapid decrease in economic output caused by COVID-19. The Fed implemented many programs available to struggling businesses, while the government passed a massive stimulus package to help many individual Americans. This coordinated approach is expected to prop the economy during these difficult times and help speed the recovery. However, investors are now asking if these actions may have consequences down the line through higher inflation levels.

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Market Update – August 21, 2020

The S&P 500 hit another milestone this week closing higher than the all-time high set February 19, 2020. At that time, nobody knew that the index would drop 33.9% in just a few short weeks, setting a historical record for the fastest decrease of its kind that ended the longest bull market in history. Fast forward five months, and here we are setting yet another record, but this time for the shortest bear market in history.

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Market Update – August 07, 2020

With less than 90 days until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, it is natural to inquire how the stock market might react to a change in administration. The U.S. stock market benefited from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 when the highest corporate tax rate decreased from 35% to 21%. Investors are now asking if Joe Biden becomes the next president and follows through with his plan to increase corporate taxes, will the market give up all the gains from the tax cuts? 

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Approaching Our 6-Month Partnership with CI Financial

We are approaching our 6-month anniversary of our partnership with CI Financial. While the investment landscape is much different than we expected, we are certainly thankful to have significantly improved our financial strength and research, at a time many companies have faced unprecedented challenges.

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Market Update – July 24, 2020

The much anticipated second quarter earnings season is here, and Wall Street Analysts are watching closely to see how companies are weathering the COVID-19 environment. It is no surprise, that on average, corporate profits are expected to decrease significantly compared to last year and come in much lower than the first quarter.

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Summer 2020 Quarterly Commentary

The second quarter witnessed one of the biggest disparities between market return and economic data. Some investors were left puzzled why the markets did so well last quarter in a time when bad economic data was being released. Last quarter, the S&P 500 posted a total return of 19.95%, while the Dow Jones Industrial gained 17.77% and the tech heavy NASDAQ Composite increased an impressive 30.63%. 

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