Investment Insights

Market Minute - February 9, 2018

Market Minute Final Blog.pngby Scott Rosenquist, CFA

BLOOMBERG BARCLAYS US AGGREGATE BOND INDEX

The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index is one of the more popular bond indices that covers the broad bond market similar to the S&P index as related to the stock market.  It is often referred to as the “AGG” for short.  Formerly known as the Lehman Aggregate Bond Index and then the Barclays US Aggregate Index, the index dates back to 1986.  The bond market has certainly changed since then but let us take a look at what makes up this popular index. 

Monthly Markets Memo - January 2018

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA & Scott Rosenquist, CFA

The U.S. markets are off to an exceptionally strong start for 2018, with the S&P 500 hitting a string of new highs over the first several weeks.  International markets, both developed and emerging, are keeping pace thus far.  Unlike the S&P, the broad international market indices of both developed (EAFE Index) and emerging markets (MSCI EM Index) have a way to go to make new highs, as neither has exceeded the highs made prior to the financial crisis. 

Market Minute - January 18, 2018

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FACTOR INVESTING

The concept of factor investing is well known and includes years of academic research.  The objective is to find ways of constructing portfolios using factors compared to market capitalization which is how most major indices are built (ex. S&P 500). Factors are attributes that help explain sources of risk and return in the financial markets.  There are two categories of factors: economic and style. 

Monthly Markets Memo - December 2017

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA

2017 Year in Review

The markets have been more than kind to us this year.  Both domestic, international developed, and emerging markets are all up double digits.  The U.S. benefitted from a combination of earnings growth, and general optimism over the pro-growth agenda of President Trump. 

Market Minute - December 13, 2017

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Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency has been a hot topic in the financial press this year and even hotter with investors.  Bitcoin is just one of the several cryptocurrencies that are now receiving interest from everyone; professional investment managers to grandmothers.  Bitcoin, the most popular of the cryptocurrencies has soared in value this year as more and more people are becoming interested in the digital currency. 

Monthly Markets Memo - November 2017

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA & Scott Rosenquist, CFA

Market Update

Equities in the U.S. were largely unchanged in the past month with the S&P 500 up approximately 0.5%.  The international developed markets took a breather with a 5 day sell-off, with most major international indices shedding approximately 1%.  The slide seemed to be triggered by weakness in commodities, and lower expected demand for oil.  Nearly every fixed income asset class posted negative returns over the past month.  Solid U.S. economic reports helped push prices lower as investors shifted assets towards riskier spaces.  The Fed signaled its intention to increase interest rates in December, and progress surrounding U.S. tax reform is also pushing yields higher, which in turn puts downward pressure on the fixed income prices.

Market Minute - November 9, 2017

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Capital Gain Distributions

Mutual fund companies are starting to release their estimates for 2017 capital gains distributions.  What do investors need to know about these distributions? 

To start, what are capital gains distributions? 

Monthly Markets Memo - October 2017

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA & Scott Rosenquist, CFA

Market Update

Equities here and abroad continued their march higher over the past month backed by strong earnings and solid economic reports.  Returns were especially strong with smaller companies who stand to benefit from potential tax reform.  The small company index, measured by the Russell 2000, was up about 4.7% over the past month.  Emerging markets also performed well, with the Emerging Market index adding about 2% over the past month. 

Market Minute - October 13, 2017

Market Minute Final Blog.pngby Scott Rosenquist, CFA

The behavioral aspect of finance and its potential impact on investors reaching their financial goals is an important topic to be aware of.  I’d like to spend another minute to discuss additional biases from the two categories (Cognitive and Behavioral) I introduced in my last post. 

Monthly Markets Memo - September 2017

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA & Scott Rosenquist, CFA

Market Update

U.S. Equity indices resumed their march higher, erasing the prior month’s brief decline.  International equities joined the party but were outpaced by their U.S. counterparts.  Emerging Markets continue to impress with strong returns.  Various risks spilled over into the fixed income sector causing a short-lived flight to safety.   Investors pushed yields lower as they reacted to headline risk involving North Korea on one side of the globe and a series of hurricanes on the other.  The move in yields quickly reversed as tensions eased for a while.  

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