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BMT Monday Market Insights – September 20, 2021

This week’s Monday Market Insights discusses recent near-term equity market performance, provides some thoughts about recent inflation data, and highlights some similarities in today’s interest rate environment compared to 2012.  In our Chart of the Week, we highlight the recent supply bottlenecks and the impact on consumer prices. Finally, in the Commentary section, we assess […]

BMT Monday Market Insights – September 13, 2021

In this week’s Market Insights, we cover Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s recent speech at Jackson Hole, the record supply of investment grade corporate bond issuance following Labor Day, and the stock market’s performance thus far in 2021.  In our Chart of the Week, we take a look at the U.S. and German sovereign yield […]

BMT Monday Market Insights – August 30, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss the recent bounce in Chinese share prices, the current status of the Infrastructure Bill, and the Fed’s Jackson Hole Symposium. Our Chart of the Week provides a look at historical valuations for stocks and bonds over recent decades. Finally, we discuss positive testing results for COVID-19 and […]

BMT Monday Market Insights – August 23, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss our view on monetary policy, China, and the health of the U.S. stock market.  In the chart of the week, we highlight the current state of the labor market, and finally, we discuss current investor positioning and how that might affect market leadership going forward. Top Weekly […]

BMT Monday Market Insights – August 16, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we discuss recent U.S. legislative actions and consumer inflation data. Our Chart of the Week highlights improving loan demand for banks. Finally, we look at the reversal in the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield and how it impacts our positioning. Top Weekly Themes U.S. Senators Build a Bridge. Last Tuesday, […]

BMT Monday Market Insights – August 9, 2021

In this week’s Monday Market Insights, we provide an overview of earnings announcements for the second quarter of 2021, the recent outperformance of “higher quality” stocks, and some takeaways from the PMI data recently released by the Institute of Supply Management.  In our Chart of the Week, we highlight the recent struggles of equity markets […]

BMT Monday Market Insights – August 2, 2021

In this week’s Market Insights, we cover second-quarter gross domestic product and consumer spending, the expiration of the debt limit suspension, and new home sales activity.  In our Chart of the Week, we discuss the Federal Reserve’s monthly bond purchases and recent FOMC tapering discussions.  Finally, we highlight the recent increase in credit spreads. Top […]

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.