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Markets & Economy Report (June 2020)

Markets & Economy Report (June 2020)

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.

Coronavirus Update: Peak COVID

Coronavirus Update: Peak COVID

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.

Coronavirus Update: The New Abnormal

Coronavirus Update: The New Abnormal

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.

Coronavirus Update: Lessons From a Chess GrandMaster

Coronavirus Update: Lessons From a Chess GrandMaster

We actively identify and implement tactical opportunities to better position client portfolios, yet – as Chess GrandMaster Garry Kasparov recommends – we remain true to who we are as investors and asset managers. This allows us to maintain incredibly strong conviction in our thesis, process, asset selections, and tactical decisions.

Coronavirus Update: Report Cards Are Arriving

Coronavirus Update: Report Cards Are Arriving

Recent days have been fascinating – strictly economically speaking – as we are finally starting to see earnings reports and other economic indicators that begin to reflect the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. In short – report cards are finally starting to arrive, and investors are beginning to get a strong dose of reality. Therefore, we’ll start our weekly commentary with a very basic report card of some of the data that has emerged in recent days.

Coronavirus Update: A Focus on Oil

Coronavirus Update: A Focus on Oil

One topic that has gotten lost in the shuffle of the COVID-19 crisis is what’s been happening with the world’s largest commodity – oil. Since early March, crude oil prices have plummeted and, this week, U.S. crude oil futures contracts for May delivery dipped sharply into negative territory.