April 9, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

A monster week for stocks! The market rallied during the past week as investor sentiment continued improving while the Federal Reserve announced more aggressive action. The S&P 500 gained 12.1% while the Russell 2000 (+18.5%) outperformed. Continue reading

Interpreting Last Week’s Jobs Report

Last week’s jobs report confirmed what investors and economists already knew: work stoppages around the country due to the coronavirus have led to layoffs, furloughed workers, and a rising unemployment rate. Continue reading

April 3, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

The stock market had its good days this week and its bad days. Unfortunately, the losses on the bad days outweighed the gains on the good days, so it was a losing week overall for the major indices. Continue reading

Anatomy of the $2 Trillion COVID-19 Bill

The unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic has prioritized keeping people apart to slow the spread of the virus. While measures such as business closures and travel restrictions are effective at fighting a pandemic, they also have a dramatic impact on the economy. Continue reading

Coronavirus Stimulus Package Overview

On Friday, March 27th, the President signed into law a $2.2 trillion-dollar stimulus plan known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. It is the largest stimulus package of its kind and is intended to help combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. Continue reading

Economic Expectations

As confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate in the U.S. and around the world, work stoppages have also increased. The resulting strain on the economy from layoffs, furloughed workers, reduced productivity, and consumer spending is beginning to appear in the data. Continue reading

March 27, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

Stocks rebounded this week, with the S&P 500 surging 10.3%, as investors stepped in to buy discounted shares of companies after Congress approved the $2 trillion stimulus package for households and businesses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 12.8%, the Nasdaq Composite rose 9.1%, and the Russell 2000 rose 11.6%. Continue reading

Not All Bear Markets Are Created Equal

As I write this article the market closed with another historic day. And it was a good one – the biggest one-day percentage gain (+11.37%) for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in almost 90 years, and its largest-ever move in point terms. But the financial carnage done by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last month is undeniable. Continue reading

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Folks, these are trying times. We are being tested on many levels, both emotionally and financially. I thought about just posting my typical Weekly Market Recap, but y’all have probably had enough bad news and anxiety to last a lifetime already this week. Continue reading

DFA’s Perspective on Market Volatility

Check out this video (CLICK HERE) from one of our investment partners, Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA). It helps to put recent market volatility into perspective. It’s a little long, but worth the time. We hope you find it helpful during these trying times. Continue reading