In recent months, investors have grappled with a steady stream of developments that weighed negatively on market sentiment.
The equity markets continued to perform handsomely in the second quarter of 2023. Companies involved in the digital revolution such as Microsoft, Alphabet, Analog Devices, Lam Research, Broadcom, Skyworks Solutions, and Everspin are leading the charge. Those companies are among the primary innovators in the field of information technology, and they all happen to be based here in the
In the wake of a horrendous 2022, stocks and bonds started off the new year with vigor. The macroeconomic environment has begun flashing green signals. Covid restrictions are largely over. Inflation is gradually abating. The Federal Reserve Board has begun slowing its interest rate increases. The price of oil is below $75 a barrel. Corporate profits are stead
Across the board, 2022 was a challenging year for investors. Stocks had their worst year since 2008 with the S&P 500 Index dropping 19.4 percent. The possibility of a coming recession was the main cause of investors’ pessimism. To make matters worse, fixed-income assets (bonds) took a beating in 2022 as well. The U.S.
Investor sentiment is quite unsettled these days. Most market participants have memories of the Great Recession of 2007-2009, if not the economic malaise of the 1970s, and wonder if we are headed for a reprise of those dark days. It is a reasonable concern given all the unusual economic and geo-political events of recent times. Stubbornly high inflation, ongoing disorder in di
In the never-ending quest to divine the future of stock market returns, the pointy-headed prognosticators of Wall Street are having conniptions trying to predict where the U.S. economy is headed these days. The experts’ forecasts range all over the place from cautiously optimistic to mildly complacent to totally terrified.
The current economic worries and geopolitical uncertainty have put many investors on the defensive – and understandably so. Surging inflation, rising interest rates, continuing Covid disruption (especially in Asia), and now a serious war in Eastern Europe are presenting a unique mix of challenges for the global economy. Nervous investors have triggered heightened volatility in
Currently, the bogeyman most feared by investors is inflation. In our daily lives, we have all seen evidence of rising prices. Energy, food, housing, automobiles all seem to be more expensive than they were just a year ago. The official data show this is not a figment of our imaginations.
As we all know, the coronavirus remains a threat to the wellbeing of our citizenry despite the successful rollout of mass-immunization programs. New cases are still cropping up all over the globe, though at a slower pace than a few months ago. The virus is certainly still with us.
By any measure, 2020 proved to be a year that we all would like to forget. To say the least, everything seemed a bit off-kilter last year.