The Inflation Trade Anew
As the inflation discussion continues to gather momentum, please join guest speakers VanEck Portfolio Managers Shawn Reynolds and Roland Morris, Deputy Portfolio Manager Charles Cameron, and sector specialists Veronica Zhang from VanEck’s natural resource equity and commodity strategies.
It seems like it’s been awhile since there’s been such a strong alignment in commodities and natural resources, from tailwinds associated with the global recovery to strong fundamentals, valuations and growth prospects across industries at a company level. The VanEck team will guide you through an in-depth look at the latest trends, their implications and potential opportunities with an overview on our diverse solutions available to access this space.
Investing in Low-Volatility, High Quality Stocks to Play Portfolio Defense
A discussion of the potential benefits of owning a basket of high-quality stocks with relative price stability given the current market and economic outlook. During this seminar, listeners will hear the case for multi-factor based investing strategies from one of the leading non-beta ETF providers, First Trust. Topics include what factors are commonly used, how these factors have performed over time, and the reasons many advisors have gravitated toward the First Trust Capital Strength ETF.
Message from the Recent Bond Market Turmoil
The late-February spike in U.S. Treasury bond yields sent ripples throughout the global markets. As yields surged to the highest level in a year, stocks and commodities sold off sharply, while the dollar rallied.
Understanding Fat Tail Returns
Much statistical analysis in finance depends on the assumption that variables have normal distributions. This assumption is far from correct. As a result, as Nassim Nicholas Taleb has rightly pointed out, most statistical results in finance are wrong. Now, a disciple of Taleb has tried to extend Taleb’s research by relating it to an obscure mathematical concept.
February Markit Manufacturing: "Production growth near six-year peak but price gauge highest since 2011"
The February US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index conducted by Markit came in at 58.6, down 0.6 from the 59.2 final January figure. Markit's Manufacturing PMI is a diffusion index: A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector; below 50 indicates contraction.
Powell Changes The Rules On QE
The markets took a tumble to start this week as rising interest rates and inflationary pressures begin to weigh on outlooks. Those worries quickly diminished as Jerome Powell changed the rules to reassure Wall Street that “QE” is here to stay.
Government Bond Yields Have Surged, but Real Yields Are at Zero
Yields have jumped so much, in fact, that they’re giving stocks a serious run for their money. The 10-year yield is now higher than the S&P 500 dividend yield, which may have added to the selling pressure that cost stocks close to 2.5% yesterday.
February Moving Averages: Up 2.6% from January
Valid until the market close on March 31, 2021.
The S&P 500 closed February with a monthly gain of 2.61% after a loss of 1.11% in January. At this point, after close on the last day of the month, four of five S&P 500 strategies are signaling "invested" — Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU), Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ), and Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking (DBC) — unchanged from last month's quadruple "invested" signal.