41 Search Results for: covid

  • Market Commentary: S&P Climbs Despite Record Decline in Consumer Spending

    Posted on June 1, 2020

    Coronavirus actions and reactions continued to swing economic data in the U.S. Consumer spending dropped 13.6% in April. It was the sharpest decline on record dating back to 1959. Income moved in the other direction last month.

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  • The Importance of Adapting in Uncertain Times

    Posted on May 29, 2020

    Life has already changed under COVID-19 in big and small ways. Think about the restaurants and retail stores that have adapted to accommodate online orders and curbside pickups. Think about shoppers and clerks wearing masks at the grocery store. Think about the number of businesses that hav …

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  • Market Commentary: Economy Slightly Improves as Restrictions Loosen

    Posted on May 26, 2020

    Another 2.4 million people filed initial unemployment claims last week. The number has declined for seven straight weeks. Unfortunately, 2.4 million is more than three times higher than the pre-COVID-19 record, and the pace of decline remains slow. Because the number remains stubbornly high …

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  • Market Commentary: Drop in GDP Expected to Continue

    Posted on May 4, 2020

    Economic news indicated the economic damage from COVID-19 continues to grow. U.S. gross domestic product shrank 4.8% in the face of the coronavirus and social distancing designed to combat its spread. Next quarter, expectations are for a nearly 30% decline. Initial unemployment claims fell …

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  • Market Commentary: U.S. and Foreign Leaders Moving to Open More Businesses

    Posted on April 27, 2020

    Leaders around the world announced steps to open up their economies by gradually reducing social distancing as the global economy continued to struggle. In the U.S., more than four million people filed initial claims for unemployment.

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  • Market Commentary: Investors Optimistic Over Slowing COVID-19 Cases

    Posted on April 20, 2020

    Similarly to last week, investors had to weigh progress fighting COVID-19 and what that means for the future against the economic toll the virus and policies designed to slow it are having on the economy.

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  • Market Commentary: Stocks Rise in Hopes that COVID-19 Slows

    Posted on April 13, 2020

    Investors were faced with a combination of optimistic and pessimistic news this week and opted to accentuate the positive. Health care data reinforced the gradual success social distancing is having in curtailing the spread of the virus.

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  • Market Commentary: Unemployment Rises, China’s Recovering Economy

    Posted on April 6, 2020

    The measures slowing the spread of the coronavirus are dealing severe challenges to the U.S. job market. Social distancing has proven difficult for day cares and dentists, restaurants and retail. As the accompanying chart shows, last week, 6.6 million workers filled for new unemployment benefits.

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  • Why “Staying the Course” is Difficult for Many Investors

    Posted on April 3, 2020

    “Stay the course.” This advice is bedrock, so why do so few investors adhere to it, selling out of the market when it’s at the bottom and locking in losses? Read our blog to dive into this question with us.

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  • CARES Act Summarized

    Posted on April 3, 2020

    CARES Act Summarized As the stock market hit its lowest returns since the 2008 Financial Crisis, the government has stepped in in an attempt to boost the economy. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) produces roughly $2 trillion in relief funding, tax breaks and loans for individual Americans and businesses impacted …

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