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Postcards from the Market’s Edge

July 2020

Download the July 2020 Issue 2020 was already shaping up to be a tumultuous year well in advance of the emergence of COVID-19; U.S.-China trade wars, impeachment proceedings, over-valuation issues and a presidential election year already had me cautiously positioned. My investment view remains straightforward: Stay defensive for as long as the facts on the ground are uncertain, uneven and vulnerable. But as you well know by now, my investment choices matter least when it comes to my Global Quant Growth (GQG) and Global Quant Income (GQI) model portfolios, since they are driven by a long-term horizon (10 or more... Read more

Markets Provide Reasons to Cheer, COVID-19 Presents Reasons to Fear

July 2, 2020

Given the amount of time that has passed between yesterday’s July Issue release and this morning’s pre-July 4th rush, let me say this: After the remarkable first quarter COVID-19 selloff, we experienced an equally remarkable second quarter rally, which finds us almost where we began the year.... Read more

Markets Remain Chipper About Not Heading to Another Lockdown Shredder

June 18, 2020

Download June 2020 FSI Issue Global markets are hemming and hawing on news of increased infection rates from Beijing to the U.S.—like the recession we’re in, this has yet to be officially named “the second wave”... But it’s hard to think that it isn’t one. That hasn’t stopped the academic pointy heads from arguing about whether this is just a continuation of the first wave or the manifestation of a second wave... What matters is its impact on tentative re-openings and jobs and investors’ perceptions on how global or piecemeal, destructive or controlled a second wave may be. This month,... Read more

Fidelity Investor’s Model Portfolios have year-to-date returns through 6/30/20 of between -6.4% and 2.1%. The average investor at Fidelity gained 2.0% in June.
Global Quant Growth-6.4%8.5%
Global Quant Income2.1%N/A
Growth & Income-2.4%5.6%
Annuity Growth0.8%6.9%
Annuity Growth & Income-0.6%5.9%
S&P 500 -3.1%10.7%
Fidelity Investor Index -0.5%5.9%

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