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Category: Market Insights

BMT Monday Market Insights – July 26, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss the uptick of volatility within the equity markets over the past two weeks, the substantial decline in bond yields and the status of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Our Chart of the Week highlights the correction in the average stock within the Russell 1000 Index over the past three months. Finally, we look at the recent underperformance of small cap stocks and make the case for their reasserting themselves as leadership.

BMT Monday Market Insights – July 19, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss recent inflation data, the start of the second-quarter earnings season and China’s second quarter GDP. Our Chart of the Week highlights recent government bond trends, and where we expect them to go from here. Finally, we look at the recovery in consumer foot traffic and how it impacts our positioning.

Mid-Year 2021 Top 10 List

In our final Monday Market Insights piece of 2019, we asked, “How should people think about investing amid the realization that unpredictability is always a feature of financial markets?” In hindsight, we could not have posed a more relevant question. This year has been unpredictable in so many ways, and we doubt that a global pandemic causing the most abrupt economic slowdown in our lifetimes was a feature of many 2020 investment outlooks. But here we are again, faced with the challenge of investing in a world that feels as uncertain as ever.

BMT Monday Market Insights – June 28, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss the recently announced bipartisan infrastructure deal, falling lumber prices, as well as some warning signs of a possible market correction. In the chart of the week, we highlight current market valuations, and finally, we discuss the idea that “strong stock performance is typically followed by strong stock performance.”

BMT Monday Market Insights – June 21, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we review key takeaways from the most recent Fed meeting, highlight the potential for increased regulatory scrutiny of large tech companies, and cover some recent equity market trends. In our Chart of the Week, we examine the recent pickup in stock buybacks by corporations and highlight the attractive shareholder yield levels in comparison to interest rate levels. Finally, in the Commentary section, we mention the recent improvement of investment results for active managers.

BMT Monday Market Insights – June 14, 2021

In this week’s Market Insights, we cover the Federal Reserve’s Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility and its portfolio liquidations, the potential for German Bund yields to trend higher this year, and the likelihood of tapering discussions at this week’s FOMC meeting. In our Chart of the Week, we discuss the record number of job openings in the U.S. and factors that may be keeping potential applicants on the sidelines. Finally, we highlight the recent decline in the effective federal funds rate.

BMT Monday Market Insights – June 7, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss oil prices, last week’s jobs report, and the fundamental disconnect of “Meme” stocks. Our Chart of the Week provides a look at past stock market corrections. Finally, we discuss the trends of the U.S. dollar throughout the past decade.

BMT Monday Market Insights – May 24, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss implications of a mask-less society, the consumer closet re-stock, and an update on the performance of SPACs. Our Chart of the Week highlights inflation trends outside the U.S. as well as what we heard throughout the earnings season. Finally, we look at what the Ford Motor Company’s electric pickup truck could mean for the industry.

BMT Monday Market Insights – May 17, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss the recent sell-off in many 2020 darlings, the higher- than-expected inflation readings last week, and our current view on interest rates. In the chart of the week, we look at the price volatility of Bitcoin and highlight what we think that means for the average crypto-interested investor. We end with a discussion of the stock market’s current complexion, specifically the idea that very clear winners and losers have emerged.

BMT Monday Market Insights – May 10, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we highlight the continued recovery in corporate earnings, reveal some noteworthy equity market signals as interest rates have trended lower more recently, and provide some thoughts about recently released economic data. In our Chart of the Week, we examine the decline in U.S. COVID-19 cases in relation to the relative returns for domestic and international equities. Finally, in the Commentary section, we address concerns some investors may have regarding equity margin debt levels.

BMT Monday Market Insights – May 3, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss President Biden’s address to Congress, more robust economic data, and a Federal Reserve still on hold. Our Chart of the Week highlights the trend of earnings expectations and valuations. Finally, we look at how the Real Estate sector could face little impact from a hike in corporate taxes.

BMT Monday Market Insights – April 26, 2021

In this week’s Market Insights, we cover the modest decline in bond yields to start the second quarter, the record bond issuance by individual financial issuers, and the increasing price of lumber. In our Chart of the Week, we discuss the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet and its impact on real yields. Finally, we highlight U.S. employment and the current health of the labor market.