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.
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.
Risks of High Equity Valuations Present Tactical Opportunities
Calls of a market bubble might indicate low returns over the next 5-10 years, but not all equities are overvalued. The S&P 500 has been led higher by just a handful of companies that make up a large percentage of the index, and companies that have lagged may now provide better risk-adjusted returns as the economy recovers. We highlight some of the valuation metrics that look stretched and some thoughts on tactical allocation ideas.
December S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index: National Index up 10.4% YoY NSA
With today's release of the December S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, we learned that seasonally adjusted home prices for the benchmark 20-city index saw a 1.25% increase month over month which is cut to 1.1% with inflation adjustment. The non-seasonally adjusted national index saw a 10.4% YoY increase.
World Markets Update: February 22, 2021
All eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through February 8, 2021. The top performer is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 7.67%, India's BSE SENSEX is in second is with a gain of 7.53% and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 is in third with a gain of 7.08%. Coming in last is London's FTSE with a gain of 0.98%.