The first half of 2020 is now behind us an the Investment Committee at Independent Solutions have written various commentaries to talk about the first 6 months and what they think will happen in the near future. The Independent Solutions Investment Committee Commentary is now available for you and your clients. You can access these pieces by clicking the buttons below for each committee members commentary column. They will also be made available on the News & Updates section of our website www.iswealthmanagement.com.
Paul Meeks, CFA | 2020 July Commentary
After a rip-roaring second quarter in which my technology stocks (as measured by the return on the NASDAQ 100) climbed +30% despite the pandemic, it would make sense that the market would cool off and maybe even give back some of its gains. I am a contrarian, but I am also betting on this outcome for the second half of 2020. That is, I expect that stocks will trade in a range albeit one that is wider than normal given the continued uncertainty around COVID. I think that we must wait at least until September for the market’s next “tell.”
John Thur, CFA | Is This Real?
We are six months into a turbulent 2020, having experienced a worldwide pandemic, a 35+% fall in stock prices, a (0.31%) yield on the 10 year U.S. Treasury Note, a three month shutdown of the economy and an imminent recession to follow. Amazingly, the stock market value on June 8th was almost on top of its value on 12/31/2019.
Dan Neiman, CIO | Halfway Through The Most Interesting Year
What an interesting year we’ve had so far. January kicked off with a relatively strong start, but the last week of February, with fears of the coronavirus spreading across the world, sent equity markets into a downward spiral. Near the end of March we literally hit rock bottom, but somehow the markets ignored the continued spread of Covid-19, protests, political, countries being closed to travel, and states now going back to closing certain areas of the economy, to have the best quarterly performance in decades.
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