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.
Coming Out of COVID-19: A Look at Interest Rates and Inflation in Europe
There is hope that economies will see a more sustainable and robust recovery this year, given unprecedented levels of monetary and fiscal stimulus and as more individuals are vaccinated against COVID-19. But one question for investors is what happens next—will inflation and higher interest rates be a consequence?
February ISM Manufacturing Index: Continued Expansion
This morning the Institute for Supply Management published its monthly Manufacturing Report for February. The latest headline Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) was 60.8, an increase of 2.1 from 58.7 the previous month and in expansion territory. Today's headline number was above the Investing.com forecast of 58.8 percent.
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.
America's Driving Habits as of December 2020
"Travel on all roads and streets changed by -10.3% (-28.1 billion vehicle miles) for December 2020 as compared with December 2019. Travel for the month is estimated to be 244.1 billion vehicle miles." The 12-month moving average was down 0.98% month-over-month and down 13.2% year-over-year. If we factor in population growth, the 12-month MA of the civilian population-adjusted data (age 16-and-over) was down 1.04% month-over-month and down 13.5% year-over-year.