Market gives up some gains into the weekend. Following the historic run over the past three days, US equities are lower in early trading Friday. The United States now has more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than China, though far fewer deaths. The stimulus package is expected to pass through the House of Representatives today before heading to the White House for President Trump’s signature, though if any lawmaker objects to the special “voice vote,” a delay remains a possibility.
Will investors take weaker economic news in stride? Earlier this week, the IHS Markit Flash U.S. PMI Composite™ for March 2020 reached an all-time series low, with manufacturing and services being hindered by COVID-19 and social distancing. In our Road to Recovery Playbook, we have a factor that emphasizes whether or not there is visibility into the probability and severity of a US recession. We believe this particular economic release certainly points toward recession, but importantly, we believe that was already the expectation of most investors. In fact, on the day of this economic release, the S&P 500 Index rallied nearly 10% as investors increasingly believed Congress would pass a massive fiscal stimulus package. For more details read today’s LPL Research blog.
A bull market? The Dow gained more than 20% from the recent lows in a record three days. Many in the media have dubbed this a new bull market. At this time, the market is in the process of forming a bottom, but we’d be very careful to call this a new bull market as large bounces tend to happen, even in bear markets.
Could yields actually rise after the Fed’s bazooka? With the major stock market indexes all entering a bear market this month, it’s no surprise that stocks have stolen most of the spotlight. However, actions taken by the Federal Reserve (Fed) to support what may be considered the safest part of the bond market, US Treasuries, may actually have more lasting implications for investors’ portfolios. We look at where Treasury yields might be headed following unprecedented moves by the Fed over the past week in today’s Blog.
When you lose a spouse, partner, or parent, the grief can be overwhelming. In the midst of that grief, life goes on. There are arrangements to be made, things to be taken care of – and in recognition of this reality, here is a checklist that you may find useful at such a time. If … Continue reading “Estate Planning Checklist for When a Spouse or Parent Passes”
The first week of 2021 has already had many ups and downs. Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean that the 2020 issues go away, and so far, 2021 has been no exception to this rule. The markets opened on January 4 and traded lower out of the gate, with the S&P 500 dropping … Continue reading “2021 Opens With a Bang”
A new year offers a welcomed turn of the calendar and a fresh start. However, it’s difficult to put 2020 completely behind us just yet because the COVID-19 pandemic still presents a significant threat. Healthcare workers continue to perform heroically, while the rest of us must continue to make sacrifices until vaccines are widely distributed. … Continue reading “Market Update: 2021 Brings a Fresh Start”
After a bit of political posturing on stimulus details in December, the $900 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (2021 CAA) was signed into law by President Trump as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact employers and employees. Here’s a quick recap of five key highlights providing stimulus to those that need it:
Financially, many of us associate April with taxes – but we should also associate April with important IRA deadlines. From current and previous IRA contribution deadlines, to RMD deadlines, keep an eye on the calendar. April 15, 2021 is the deadline to take your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from certain individual retirement accounts. Keep in … Continue reading “IRA Contribution Deadlines are Approaching”
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