U.S. equities fell for the first time in four weeks. All the major US equity indices posted a negative return for the week, but still maintain healthy year to date figures.
Essentially treading water for the first half of the quarter, markets found their footing and finished positive across every major asset class. Continued vaccination success, massive amounts of fiscal and monetary stimulus, solid economic activity, and earnings acceleration all contributed to the investor optimism that witnessed the S&P 500 deliver positive quarterly results for the fifth consecutive quarter, which is the longest consecutive streak since the nine-quarter stretch that ended in 2017.
We have experienced a fair amount of retirement plan litigation over the last decade. The litigation pace picked up during the COVID-19 pandemic and shows no signs of slowing down.
U.S. equities advanced for the third week in a row and sixth in the last seven. Major U.S. indices closed at record highs, overcoming a big drop on Thursday over fears of the spreading Delta variant and slowing global growth.
Global recovery lifts all boats. International bonds and stocks fell in June, but all major asset classes were up in Q2 as the global synchronized recovery continued. Economic activity is expansionary globally and earnings are improving globally.
Employees in America are stressed about money. 71% suffer from some level of stress related to their personal finances. Even before the pandemic, 38% of employees didn’t have $1,000 saved up to cover emergency expenses.
U.S. equities reached more record highs after seven straight gains, it best winning streak in 10 months. It was the second straight week of gains for the S&P 500, which is now up in five of the last six weeks.
The buzz word of the year in the financial industry has without a doubt been “transitory.” This is the label that Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, and many leading economists have placed upon the recent surge in inflationary pressure sweeping across the country.
The Bottom Line ● Trading remains choppy but volatility dropped as stocks rallied to new record highs and rebounded nicely from last week’s pullback. Gains were broad based with both U.S. and overseas stocks rising across styles and sectors. ● The yield on the 10‐year...
Equities finished another volatile week solidly lower, with the S&P 500 dropping ‐1.9%. After leading large caps for three consecutive weeks, the small cap Russell 2000 fell sharply, losing ‐4.2% for the week.