CNBC February 26, 2020

Fear’s Contagion vs. Fundamentals

February 2020

In order to put this month’s, the past year’s and the past 10 years’ nonstop onslaught of event-driven fears into perspective, I’ve decided to turn this February Issue into a graphic novel or, more to the factual point, take a novel, graphic approach. Herein, you’ll find what I’m calling The Book of Dread—a decade’s worth of market moving events laid out and charted against what turned out to be the market’s inexorable, record rise. To capture and encompass a decade’s worth of known risks and (in hindsight) real opportunities makes this issue one for both Fidelity Investor’s and the market’s... Read more

The Fear Trade Is On

February 27, 2020

Today, I woke up to the 10-year treasury yield in record low territory (1.28%)—reflective of investors looking for a return of their money, not on it. Gold continues to march higher. Markets continue to trade and trend lower. The driver? Fear.... Read more

Coronavirus Remains a Big Threat to Markets

February 20, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus (now officially dubbed COVID-19) has thrown a wrench into all economic and earnings assumptions and predictions of and for volatility this year. And while this wrench hasn’t led to a breakdown of this bull-market engine, we did see a sputter of increased volatility in January that flattened broad equity gains for the month and is likely to malinger longer than is currently priced in.... Read more

Fidelity Investor’s Model Portfolios have year-to-date returns through 1/31/20 of between -1.6% and 1.1%. The average investor at Fidelity gained 0.2% in January.
ModelYTD5-Year
(Annualized)
Global Quant Growth-1.6%10.6%
Global Quant Income1.1%N/A
Growth-0.4%8.2%
Growth & Income-0.5%7.0%
Income0.5%4.7%
Annuity Growth0.4%8.3%
Annuity Growth & Income0.4%7.4%
S&P 500 0.0%12.4%
Fidelity Investor Index 0.2%6.8%

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