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Answering the question “what happened to the markets in 2020?” is a lot like answering the question “what is time?” There’s just so much to unpack that it can be difficult to know where to begin. As with time – or wind – you intuitively feel the answer more than you can plainly describe it. Yet, there are underlying themes that tie together much of what occurred in financial markets in 2020, so we’ll attempt to cover some of those key topics while briefly looking ahead at what’s in store for 2021.
Over the past decade, one of the most fascinating and often misunderstood innovations in the wealth management industry has been the broad acceptance, utilization and growth of ESG investing. ESG is...
When it comes to financial markets, equities responded favorably during a month in which we saw a precipitous rise in daily confirmed new COVID-19 cases, as seen in Chart A. This just goes to show that, if this pandemic has taught us anything about financial markets, it’s to expect the unexpected.
Destiny Capital Founder Steve Musick Announces Retirement for September 2021 After 40 Years of Dedicated Service
It is with mixed emotions that we share this announcement today. After 40 years of dedicated service to his clients and team, Destiny Capital founder Steve Musick is setting his sights on a well-deserved retirement in September 2021. This is a time of celebration of an incredible career and also an important transition that Destiny Capital has been preparing for. We will miss Steve immensely and we are honored and ready to carry the torch!
Our job isn’t to declare winners and losers – it is to study the most likely outcome given new, relevant data and to understand how financial markets may react. At this stage, it appears as though financial markets are betting-on an outcome of divided-government, meaning that Joe Biden will remain the President-Elect, Republicans will keep the majority in the Senate, and the Democrats will maintain the House after losing a number of seats.
The beginning of November is a time that I have been focused-on with anticipation and excitement on a professional level. On November 3rd, Americans will cast their ballots – if they haven’t already – in an election that will set the course of our country over the next four years and beyond. This is also the time of year that Destiny Capital’s Investment Committee accumulates and studies data from many of the finest financial research institutions in the world as we conduct our annual Capital Market Assumption review process.
The beauty of investing is that we can prepare even for the surprises and storms we do not know to watch for. We prepare by remaining disciplined and consistent in our investing approach. By ensuring that portfolios stay diversified so that no single storm can sink all ships.
Attempting to comprehend some of the stock market behavior we've witnessed in recent weeks and months is a lot like trying to understand the behavior of subatomic particles in quantum mechanics....
In one of our frequent group discussions, I recently asked Destiny Capital’s wealth strategists and financial planners what questions and concerns they are hearing from their clients most often these days. To my surprise, the answer wasn’t COVID – it was concern about the November election. Therefore, it was suggested that someone publicly articulate our firm’s general thoughts on this subject – and all digital eyes turned to me despite my best efforts to slink below my desk and out of eyeshot of my Zoom webcam.
In late May, over 5.8 million viewers tuned-in to watch Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson, and Tom Brady play a sloppy round of golf in the midst of a torrential downpour. Highlights of the match – to many viewers, anyway – included Tom Brady splitting his pants, commentator Charles Barkley’s incisive trolling, and Phil Mickelson’s chiseled calves. Given the record viewership for this event, I think it’s safe to say that Americans are a bit starved for competitive, live sports. As such, I thought I’d begin this month’s market & economy recap by using a sports metaphor to dissect and explain what we’ve experienced in financial markets in recent weeks.
Our path has been long and punishing, and it may feel disheartening that we haven’t yet reached ‘Peak COVID’ when considering either total global cases or full economic impact. The summit seems near, but we still have a laborious path ahead, particularly when considering both the loss of life and the release of future economic & earnings data.
As the pandemic crisis continues to persist, I’ve sensed an evolving spectrum of emotions from friends, family and co-workers in recent days and weeks. In fact, I’m finding that some of these emotions often overlap with the commonly known ‘five stages of grief’ that many people experience when dealing with loss or hardship.