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

3rd Quarter | 2021

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

In investing, as in life, it’s all relative

A couple of years ago, I was at physical therapy for a back ailment. They had me begin on the treadmill. Trudging along, time seemed to drag. Reaching the end of the exercise interval seemed like a distant goal. As I looked around the room in abject boredom, I noticed a group of therapists chatting away with another client. They were animated. The level of chatter increased. They were so engaged!

Understanding the ever-changing world around us

It has been an unprecedented and news-packed start to the new year. Developments last week in Washington, new COVID-related challenges, the complex and ongoing vaccine rollout, Georgia’s Senate races, the realities of implementing the Brexit deal, and the state of the U.S. jobs market and manufacturing sector are just some of the major headlines since January 1.

The major stock market indexes were up last week, with the Dow and S&P hitting all-time highs. The NASDAQ composite led with a gain of 2.1%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.0%, the S&P 500 Index rose 1.7%, and the Russell 2000 gained 2.0%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose about 13 basis points, as Treasury bonds fell for the week. Spot gold gained 2.7%. International developed rose 1.2% and emerging markets rose 1.6%, showing a bit more strength.

As pointed out in last week’s Market Update, Thanksgiving week is normally very bullish for the markets. The shortened holiday week followed history in a big way. Each index was up over 2%, and for the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed above 30,000!

The major stock market indexes were mostly up this week, responding to positive news about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Early this morning it dawned on me that I have not looked at the global stock market in some time. As investors, we understandably tend to focus on domestic markets—even though there is a world of opportunity available to us. Those opportunities, including those outside of stocks, are why Flexible Plan builds strategically diversified portfolios.

Market Update 9/21/20

The major stock market indexes were mixed last week, with some further consolidating gains seen this year. The NASDAQ 100 Index (the laggard for the week) was down 1.4%, the S&P 500 Index fell 0.6%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.03%, and the Russell 2000 gained 2.6%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose about 3 basis points, as Treasury bonds fell slightly for the week. Last week, spot gold rose slightly, gaining 0.4%.

Some of you may be surprised at how the Dow is performing compared to the other major stock market indexes—not only this year, but also over the past one year and three years.

Market Update 8/31/20

The major stock market indexes posted strong gains last week. The NASDAQ 100 (the leader for the week) was up 3.8%, the S&P 500 Index rose 3.2%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.6%, and the Russell 2000 (the worst performer for the week) gained 1.7%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose about 9 basis points, as Treasury bonds fell slightly for the week. Last week, spot gold continued its move upward, rising 1.3%. Lately, the metal has performed more as an inflation hedge than a safe-haven asset. It is up nearly 30% year to date.

The major indexes posted mixed performance last week. The NASDAQ finished the week up 2.65%, the S&P 500 gained 0.72%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index lost 1.61%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 8 basis point to 0.63%, as Treasury bonds rose for the week. Last week, spot gold closed at $1,940, down 0.24%. Most notably, the S&P 500 traded above pre-pandemic highs set in February. This was the fastest bear market and second-fastest bear market recovery in U.S. history.

Last week, equity markets pushed higher, capping the shortened holiday week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.20%, the S&P 500 gained 4.0%, the NASDAQ finished the week up 4.6%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index locked in 3.85%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 3 basis points to 0.67%, as Treasury bonds declined for the week. Last week, spot gold closed at $1,775.95, up 0.23%.

The major stock market indexes fell last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 3.3%, the S&P 500 Index fell 2.9%, the NASDAQ Composite dropped 1.9%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index fell 2.8%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell almost 5 basis points, as Treasury bonds gained ground for the week. Last week, spot gold rose 1.57%, behaving like a safe-haven asset as stocks took a break from their recent climb.