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Q1 2021
The pandemic is not over but it does look like we have entered the final phase.
Q4 2020
Virus + Vaccine = Volatility. After surging and retreating in the spring and the summer, the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened in recent months but the approval of several very effective vaccines should allow life to mostly return to normal by the fall.
Q3 2020
The good news is that the world’s economies have proven more resilient to the COVID-19 crisis than many had feared thanks to rapid policy action. Governments subsidized incomes and helped companies stay afloat while central banks cut interest rates and ensured that stressed financial markets remained liquid. However, the easy...
Q2 2020
There are increasing signs that the collapse in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has bottomed out and a recovery is underway. The fact that markets have generally picked up from April’s lows is great news. Still, while the slump seems to have bottomed out, the recovery is likely...
Q1 2020
2020 got off to a pretty good start. The long anticipated signing of the trade agreement between China and the U.S. took place while leading indicators and the inventory cycle signaled that the global economic environment was improving. In the second half of January however, concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak...
Q4 2019
2019 was a dynamic and unpredictable year. It ended with a triumphant, broad-based rally on a scale not seen in quite some time. Rarely has everything worked simultaneously like it did last year; large and small cap stocks, developed and emerging market stocks, bonds, commodities and real estate — all...
Q3 2019
The stock market’s summer doldrums are over and the start of the historically best quarter of the year is upon us. Of course, the market’s wall of worry is still quite high due to issues such as the lingering U.S./China trade war, general pessimism about the global economy, political turmoil...
Q2 2019
The first half of 2019 was terrific for financial markets regardless of whether you were a stock or bond investor. Over the second quarter global stocks rose modestly after an outstanding first quarter despite signs of slowing growth in Europe and Japan, deteriorating trade relations and the prospect of rising...
Q1 2019
Stock markets have been on a wild ride the past six months, having gone from record highs, to being on the cusp of a bear market, to being back within striking distance of their recent peaks. This has left many investors feeling discombobulated and even fearful of what will happen...
Q4 2018
Global economies are set to undergo a slowdown in 2019 but that does not necessarily mean further pain. Certainly, more volatility could be in store as headlines whipsaw markets so investors should be alert to signs of market stress. However, there appears to be little to indicate a continued equity...

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