Q3 2021 Market Perspectives: "A Global Shift"
After beginning the quarter on a relatively upbeat note, familiar themes returned as fears of inflation, ambiguity over the end of the pandemic, and uncertainty about the future of Chinese capitalism raised concerns for investors.
World Markets Update: October 18, 2021
Seven out of eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through October 18, 2021. The top performer is India's BSE SENSEX with a gain of 29.35%, France's CAC 40 is in second is with a gain of 20.21%, and our own S&P 500 is in third with a gain of 19.45%. Coming in last is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a loss of 6.69%.
What Is Shadow Inflation? It Could Be More Prevalent Than You Realize
We’re all familiar with inflation. But did you know there’s another form of inflation that’s just as corrosive on our purchasing power and yet is nearly impossible to measure? Read on to learn more.
Capital Gains Distributions: The Trend Is Not Your Friend
Many mutual funds will distribute capital gains every year—no matter what the market does. As 2021 comes to a close, advisors can begin to prepare their clients for the impact of those distributions and take steps to minimize the tax bite going forward.
S&P 500 Membership May Be "For Sale," NBER Research Suggests
A new study has made explosive claims about the world’s largest stock benchmark: Major U.S. corporations that purchase ratings from S&P Global Inc. have a higher chance of entering the S&P 500 Index -- even when they don’t meet all criteria for inclusion.
Banks Analysts Warn That 60/40 Portfolios Could Be Battered by Inflation
The recent synchronized selloff in equities and Treasuries was likely just the beginning of what’s to come for the popular 60/40 stock-bond portfolio strategy, a growing chorus of Wall Street strategists warn.
ESG Funds Fail a Big Test
New research shows that mutual funds and ETFs with an ESG mandate failed to live up to their promises. Those funds, for example, had worse track records for compliance with labor and environmental laws and were less likely to voluntarily disclose emissions data than non-ESG investments.
Waiting for Rates to Rise? What You May Miss by Staying in Cash
There is a cost to waiting for interest rates to rise—you may be missing out on higher coupon rates and yields elsewhere. Rather than waiting on the sidelines for yields to rise, investors should consider short-term corporate bonds today—specifically those with fixed coupon rates.