Asset Allocation Reports

Asset Allocation Weekly (May 29, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee The recent strong rally in equities has befuddled investors—how can equities rally with such vigor when the economy is historically weak?  We suspect there are two reasons for this recovery: Although the drop in economic activity is deep, it will likely be short. Supportive monetary policy is a powerful elixir for equities.… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (May 22, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee Beginning in the late 1990s and becoming an even bigger issue after Dodd-Frank regulations were imposed following the Great Recession, many market participants worried that bond market liquidity would be absent in the face of a crisis.  Strict regulations discouraged banks and brokerage firms from holding large inventories of corporate bonds, thereby… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (May 15, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee As the Federal Reserve expands its balance sheet and the federal deficit balloons, there is a legitimate concern about the potential for inflation.  In this week’s report, we will examine inflation from a theoretical perspective. There are two simple tools we use to discuss inflation, the equation of exchange and the intersection… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (May 8, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee The U.S. economy has been hit with shelter-in-place orders that have depressed consumption and reduced production.  The economic readings on Q2 will be historically bad, perhaps even worse than the Great Depression.  However, based on the assumptions that (a) aggressive policy support will continue, and (b) the pandemic will wane over time,… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (May 1, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee The policy response to COVID-19 has been mostly favorable for gold.  Our gold model uses the balance sheets of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, the EUR/USD exchange rate, and the real two-year T-note yield.  The only variable that has been bearish for gold is the dollar, but the massive… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (April 24, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are watching to see how the disease will affect the economy longer term.  Of course, projections of this sort are highly probabilistic; factors could and will likely emerge that could render these projections irrelevant.  At the same, ignoring potential long-term consequences of the virus… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (April 17, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee The Federal Reserve’s aggressive expansion of its balance sheet has been in response to fears of systemic risk.  The experience of the 2008 Great Financial Crisis has made it clear that systemic risk can occur from a myriad of different parts of the financial system, so the Fed has broadened its support… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (April 9, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee One of the more controversial issues of the past bull market was the impact of share buybacks.  The way we like to frame that issue is with the S&P 500 divisor.  The divisor is a number that is used to smooth out the index; when stocks leave the index, through replacement or… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (April 3, 2020)

by Asset Allocation Committee Earlier this year and late last year we recorded a series of podcast episodes that examined the issue of making decisions under conditions of uncertainty.  Episode #5 discussed the issue in broad terms, offering a general framework for examining such decisions.  In the end, the key to making these decisions comes down… Read More »

Asset Allocation Quarterly (Second Quarter 2020)

The prospect of a recession in the U.S. is nearly a foregone conclusion. The depth will likely be severe, but the duration could be brief. Actions over the past two weeks by the U.S. Federal Reserve should help mitigate the economic crisis, potentially avoiding problems faced in past downturns. The stimulus package signed into law… Read More »

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