The Stay-at-Home Recovery Could Outlast the Pandemic: Lionel Laurent
The U.K.’s “Freedom Day” has been declared a damp squib by taxi firm Addison Lee, and it’s hard to disagree. Even with hospitalizations and deaths low — and cases falling — mobility is plateauing and below pre-pandemic levels in some areas.
World Markets Update: August 2, 2021
Six out of eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through August 2, 2021. The top performer is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 20.26%, our own S&P 500 is in second is with a gain of 16.80%, and India's BSE SENSEX is in third with a gain of 10.89%. Coming in last is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a loss of 3.66%.
The Bold Return to In-Person Conferences
Last week witnessed a bold adventure in in-person conferencing… and lessons in how to manage clients (and their portfolios) in an unprecedented market environment. But the memorable moment at the ENGAGE conference was David Kelly’s statement that bitcoin is a cult and not a currency.
July Markit Manufacturing: Record High, Also Record Supply Delays and Price Pressures
The July US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index conducted by Markit came in at 63.4, up from the final June figure and a record high. Markit's Manufacturing PMI is a diffusion index: A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector; below 50 indicates contraction.
How Advisors Can Maximize After-Tax Returns
Frank Pape is the senior director, portfolio consulting for Russell Investments’ advisor and intermediary solutions business. In this interview, he discusses the latest research on how advisors can maximize the after-tax income for their clients.
The Metaverse: What Every Early-Stage Investor Needs to Know
You may not be familiar with the term metaverse, but if you’ve been a consumer of popular books, movies and video games over the past 30 years or so, you probably are aware of the concept.
End of the Recovery and Reflation Trade?
The yield curve is a powerful indicator. More powerful than many others as May West reminds us. As the greatest reopening momentum now appears behind us, today, our All-Weather portfolio looks more all-weather than it did earlier in the year.
Thinking About Macro
Howard Marks doesn’t make bets on economic predictions. That’s especially true now when the biggest wildcard is inflation – a phenomenon no one fully understands. But just because something is unknowable doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. That’s why Howard has devoted his latest memo to a topic he largely disavows: macro forecasting.
A Market in Flux Equity Investment Outlook Third Quarter
Equities continued to rally in the second quarter, but the market remains undecided about whether the recent uptick in inflation is more likely to be transitory or persistent.