Market insights and analysis

How dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment

1st Quarter | 2021

Market insights and analysis

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Updates on how dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment.

The major stock market indexes finished lower last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.5%, the S&P 500 Index slipped 0.7%, the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.8%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index tumbled 2.8%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 10 basis points to 1.727%, sending bonds lower for the week despite a late-week rally. Last week, spot gold closed at $1,745.23, up $18.12 per ounce, or 1.1%.

Gold prices continued moving up from the support level at $1,675.00 per ounce, closing the week up at $1,741.70 per ounce.

Why dynamic risk management is right for investor portfolios

Since I began investing in the late 1960s, I have always been in the active investing camp. When I started Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., in 1981, the only investment services we offered were active management (and that is still true today). I thought an investment manager should be “flexible” rather than locked into a rigid buy-and-hold approach.

U.S. equity markets posted losses in all three indexes last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.46%, the S&P 500 lost 0.77%, and the NASDAQ Composite lost 0.79%. Three of 11 sectors were up last week; Communication Services, which posted the largest gain, was up 0.54%.

Last week, the gold spot price was up 1.05% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.26%.