• Market Recap

    Posted on June 25, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Market Recap   Last week the reflation trade was a bust after the Fed hinted they might hike interest rates many moons from now. This week those same trades (value stocks, commodities, natural resource stocks, etc.) popped higher on the same idea, namely than any rate hike is many moons from now. Don’t you love it?!   On the inflation front, the latest personal consumption expenditure index came in at +0.5% month-over-month…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on June 18, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Market Recap   It was all about the Federal Reserve this week and what they might do with policy in the months to come. Of course, they don’t know what they are going to do anymore than the rest of us, but they are compelled to make forecasts given the business they are in, and the markets respond accordingly.   The main takeaway from Wednesday’s announcement was that the Fed thinks it…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on June 14, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Market Recap   The relentless bid under the market persisted this week with stocks and bonds advancing. The rally in equities isn’t exactly shocking given underlying growth dynamics (both economic and earnings growth). But the rally in bond prices has taken a lot of people by surprise.   There was a good amount of trepidation among bond investors going into this week due to the scheduled release of the consumer price index…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on June 4, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Market Recap   The start of June got off to a pretty favorable start for investors, with both stocks and bonds advancing modestly. Generally, about now the summer lull kicks in. People’s minds turn towards vacations and away from the markets. And who can blame them. But the world is different, and apparently the prospect of free popcorn is enough to stir people’s speculative appetites. AMC managed a monster rally this week…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on May 28, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Market Recap   The last trading day of May closed on a solid note. All major equity sectors advanced by between 1% and 4% for the week, and bond yields dipped slightly despite another hot inflation report. For now, investors have moved on from the inflation story – maybe it is the prospect of a long weekend?   Not a lot of economic news during the week. Highlights include:   1) Economic…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on May 15, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Market Recap   It was a volatile week for all asset classes as investors tried to digest the latest inflation data. Was the spike higher a temporary blip, a sign of things to come, or something in-between? There are no clear answers yet, but it is evident from this week’s gyrations that assets aren’t priced for a durable return of inflation.   What set the cat among the pigeons was the Consumer…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on May 7, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Weekly Recap   Not a bad week across the board with both equities and bonds gaining some ground. Under the surface there were pockets of weakness, though. Small-caps were down fractionally and some of the highflying growth/work from home plays were hit hard. The main economic news of the week was related to jobs.   Weekly Jobless Claims   First the good news. Weekly jobless claims pushed to a new low for…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on April 23, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Weekly Recap   Flat week for the equity markets and bond yields continued their push lower, although the move seems to be running out of steam. It is somewhat notable that at one of the many bond auctions the government was able to sell 5-year TIPS with a real yield of -1.631%. This marks the lowest yield at issue in the entire history of the TIPS market at any maturity.    …
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on April 16, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Weekly Recap   Another solid week for the equity markets, and even the beleaguered bond market managed to rally. For now, stocks are shrugging off the rising COVID case count around the world…     …and choosing to focus instead on the unfolding economic growth cycle. For example, this week’s retail sales report was a blowout. Sales surged 9.8% in March, as you can see below.     …and choosing to focus…
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  • Market Recap

    Posted on April 9, 2021 by Gemmer Asset

    Printable Version   Weekly Recap   It was a solid week for the equity markets with the S&P 500 settling well above the 4,000 level. After a rough start to the year, growth sectors kicked into gear this week while the bond bear market went on hold, at least temporarily. The economic recovery narrative is pretty firmly entrenched now. The recent ISM Services index hit an all-time high in March, and the manufacturing measure is…
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