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Giant Firms Atop Market Is Nothing New

A top-heavy stock market with the largest 10 stocks accounting for over 20% of market capitalization and a marquee technology firm perched at No. 1? This sounds like a description of the current US stock market, dominated by Apple and the other FAANG stocks, but it is actually a reference to 1967, when IBM represented a larger portion of the market than Apple at the end of 2019 (5.8% vs. 4.1%). Continue reading

Two Market Visuals I Found Interesting

As the 2020 crazies continue, I just found these two market visuals interesting and wanted to share them with you (courtesy of The Visual Capitalist). They are not entirely “YTD” but close enough. Continue reading

Should You Use Fidelity’s BrokerageLink® Option?

If you are one of the 22 million investors with a retirement plan at Fidelity, you may have access to an option within your plan that could dramatically improve the success of your 401k. Fidelity’s BrokerageLink® option is a self-directed brokerage account within the 401k or 403b plan. In this article, you’ll learn what the BrokerageLink® option is and when it may make sense to take advantage of it. Continue reading

Two Economic Fears Are Now Reasons for Optimism

While there are still many challenges with COVID-19, there are also reasons to be optimistic. From a public health perspective, without diminishing the human and societal toll this pandemic has taken, the current trajectory would have been among the best-case scenarios predicted by experts only three months ago. Continue reading

June 19, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

Stocks recover some losses this week. The S&P 500 advanced 1.9% this week, recouping some losses from the prior week. The Nasdaq Composite outperformed again with a 3.7% gain, followed by the Russell 2000 (+2.2%) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (+1.0%). Continue reading

The Fed’s Guidance and Market Volatility

The stock market is experiencing renewed uncertainty and volatility only days after it recovered its year-to-date losses. Many investors are justifiably concerned about the pace at which the market recovered and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis around the world. Continue reading

June 12, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

It was a wild ride to say the least! The stock market started the week hitting a key milestone – the S&P 500 turned positive for the year, and the Nasdaq Composite rose above 10,000 for the first time – but succumbed to profit taking that handed it its worst week since March. The S&P 500 fell 4.8%, the Nasdaq fell 2.3%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 5.6%, the Russell 2000 fell 7.9%. Continue reading

Jobs Surprise and the Recovery

The latest jobs report is a positive (and huge) surprise for the economy. It shows that rather than losing an expected 7.5 million jobs in May, the economy gained 2.5 million. The unemployment rate also fell from 14.7% to 13.3% while the under-employment rate ticked down too. Continue reading

June 5, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

It was a huge week for the market, as stocks were boosted by the May employment report. The S&P 500 rose 4.9%, closing just below the 3200 level on the back of improving economic data, recovery optimism, and a fear of missing out. Continue reading

How Housing Prices Affect Economic Recovery

With the economy slowly reopening across the country, the question remains: will consumers feel confident enough to spend? Or will they wait and see, effectively delaying the recovery? While it may take months for the economic data to reveal exactly how consumers feel, there are several indicators today which may be helpful. Continue reading