COVID-19 Monitoring Resources

April 03, 2020

As we continue to track the COVID-19 situation and assess its impact on financial markets, we wanted to share some of the resources we’re monitoring on a daily basis.  Useful data is scattered across the internet, so we look at a variety of sources to get a fuller picture of how various states and countries are handling the pandemic, particularly how case and death curves are trending.READ MORE

The End of the Bull Market

March 13, 2020

First, and most importantly, we hope you are doing well and staying safe.

The longest bull market in the history of US equities came to an end this week as the S&P 500 fell more than 20% from its peak in breathtaking speed. As of yesterday’s market close, the S&P 500 is down 26.3% from that peak and 22.9% YTD. Small- and mid-cap stocks once again underperformed the S&P 500, and international equities also swooned. Risky credit such as corporate high yield and emerging market debt also suffered significant losses, but not to the extent of equity market losses.  READ MORE

The Coronavirus and Markets

February 25, 2020

In the last several days, fears about the Coronavirus spreading have resulted in a “risk off” environment in financial markets:  equity markets globally have lost value and US Treasury prices have risen.  As of the time of this letter, on February 25th, the S&P 500 is down 7.2% from its peak , the MSCI Emerging Market Equity Index is down 8.00% from its recent high, and the yield on the 30-year US Treasury Bond is at an historic low of 1.79% (bond yields move in the opposite direction from price).READ MORE

Expanding the Accredited Investors Pool

Will the definition of what it means to be an accredited investor change in the near future?   In December of 2019, the SEC voted to propose an amendment that would allow a greater number of individuals and institutions to qualify as accredited investors—increasing the eligible participation within private markets.   Financial Advisors IQ reached out to Managing Shareholder and Team Lead, Kevin Fitzwilson, to gauge his thoughts on the proposed change.   Read Kevin’s response in their article here.

Detlef’s Interview with Chase Jarvis

Detlef’s Interview with Chase Jarvis

Detlef Schrempf touches on the importance of giving back during his interview on the Chase Jarvis Live Show. Thanks, Detlef for this great reminder to be grateful for life’s blessings and give back. The perfect sentiment and start to this holiday week.

Listen to his podcast interview here.

 

Investing in a Time of Tweets and Tariffs…

Investing in a Time of Tweets and Tariffs

By Howard Coleman, Chief Investment Officer & General Counsel 

Coldstream Chief Investment Officer & General Counsel, Howard Coleman, wrote an article for One Accord on market volatility between August and early September. He provides important information on how investors should respond to volatility caused by tweets and trade tariffs.

To read the full article on One Accord, click on this link.

 

It’s a Marathon…

Market Commentary

By Rafael A. Villagran, Portfolio Manager

Markets started the year on a sprint, and that’s encouraging, particularly in light of how stocks finished 2018. But investing is a marathon and we always keep our focus on the longer-term. And, putting the first quarter rally into context, stocks just climbed back up to where they were last September/October prior to the fourth quarter pull-back. We see two primary drivers behind the recent bounce: READ MORE

Things that Go Bump in the Night

Concern over slowing global growth and the strength of the US dollar caused a steep decline in global markets in the third quarter, erasing gains made over the prior twelve months. The S&P 500 ended down 6.4% for the quarter and -5.3% in nine months ended September.  International markets fared far worse with International markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE index, was down 10.23% for the quarter and 5.28% for the year to date through September. Looking under the global hood, Germany down 10.2% in the June to September period, Japan off 14.1% for the quarter and Chinese A shares falling over 28% in the quarter to post a nearly flat return for the year.

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When Much Ado Can Be Something

Since joining Coldstream in December, I have been dubbed the resident bear of our Investment Strategy Group (ISG) – not an easy brand to carry when you first come through the door. Though, to be honest, when it comes to the prospect of this current bull market, I tend to be rather “Eeyoric” compared to my more optimistic counterparts. Perhaps it is appropriate, then, that my turn to scribe a market update came just as the quarter end became – shall we say – entertaining.

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