The Latest Look at the Total Return Roller Coaster
Here's an interesting set of charts that will especially resonate with those of us who follow economic and market cycles. Imagine that five years ago you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500. How much would it be worth today, with dividends reinvested but adjusted for inflation? The purchasing power of your investment has increased to $19,945 for an annualized real return of 13.89%.
1Q21 Recap: What a difference one year makes
The S&P 500 is up nearly 80% since March 23, 2020 (COVID bottom). The economic recovery is in full swing, and between stimulus checks, warm weather, and widespread vaccinations recovery momentum is likely to surge this summer, although downside volatility is intensifying.
Weekly Gasoline Prices: Regular and Premium Up a Penny
As of April 5, the price of Regular and Premium were up a penny each from the previous week. According to GasBuddy.com, California has the highest average price for Regular at $3.94 and South Carolina has the cheapest at $2.55. The WTIC end of day spot price closed at 58.65, down 4.7% from last week.
Positive ESG Ratings Decrease Returns to Investors
Theory predicts and research has shown that positive ESG scores correlate with a lower cost of capital for companies, lowering the expected return on stocks. New research shows a similar effect in the bond market, with positive ESG scores correlated to smaller credit spreads, decreasing the yield to investors.
Bitcoin: An Asset Allocator’s Perspective
Institutions are increasingly allocating to digital assets, but their role in a portfolio is not yet well defined or studied. This piece focuses on Bitcoin and reviews its relationship with major asset classes in the context of an institutional caliber portfolio. Standard techniques are used to help advisors better understand position sizing and the associated risk/reward tradeoff.
February Trade Deficit at $71.1B, 4.8% More Than January
The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, also known as the FT-900, is published monthly by the Bureau of Economic Analysis with data going back to 199 and details U.S. exports and imports of goods and services. Last week's headline number of -71.08B was more negative than the Investing.com forecast of -70.50B.
Positive First-Quarter Data Point to a Global, Sustained Economic Boom
We’re more than ready to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror. For the first time since this all started a year ago, more than one million people per day have been flying commercial in the U.S. for 30 straight days.