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09
Sell in May – Go Away!

Market timing blares its horn each spring as the common adage rings, “Sell in May and Go Away!” This calls for selling your portfolio in May only to reinvest the coming October, therefore reaping potential higher risk adjusted returns. Though certain factoids support the sentiment, is it truly in your best interest? Economists continue to debate; however, 2020 brings about a new realm of uncertainty and implementation risk. With market swings, worldwide protests amid racial inequality and the ongoing pandemic, investors must carefully evaluate their course of action, or inaction.  

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09
Market Update – May 2020

May saw positive returns in the market across the majority of asset classes. U.S. small (+6.5%) led the charge domestically while international small came in strong (+7.0%) as well. Global stocks dipped slightly but still came in positive at 
+4.6%. Bonds hovered close to zero, with intermediate‐term bonds holding the strongest return (+0.8%). With respect to alternatives, commodities came in with a robust gain for the month of +4.3%.

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The Forward Looking Nature of Markets

Much is still uncertain about when everyday life, and economic activity, will return to normal. However, when it comes to investing, it’s important to focus on the long term, not short‐term news headlines. 

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11
Maxims for Good and Bad Markets

As we progress through this challenging economic and volatile market environment, we think it is important to illustrate that Savant’s long-standing philosophical beliefs established in 1993 still hold true today as a guide to managing investments and helping plan ideal futures for our clients. 

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Market Update – April 2020
Global stocks (+11.0%) started off the second quarter on a positive note. All equity asset classes posted gains for the month with U.S. small cap stoc...

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09
Market Update – March 2020

March experienced large swings across asset classes as markets entered the ominous beginning of the bear market. 

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12
A Response to Market Volatility

With investment markets in full panic mode as a result of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 virus to be a global pandemic, traders on Wall Street are selling at virtually any price, which has caused the markets to drop into bear market territory.

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Volatility and the Virus – Putting It Into Perspective

As you hear regular coronavirus updates coupled with headlines about the market’s recent volatility, it’s difficult to put everything into perspective. If left unchecked, even the most valid emotions can lead you down a dangerous path concerning your investments. 
 

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05
Earnings Make the World Go ‘Round

Now is an ideal time to get a pulse on whether U.S. companies are helping the world turn or if earnings growth is coming to a screeching halt. 

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Market Update – February 2020

Global stocks rose 3.9% in the first half of February before plummeting 11.7% in the second half to finish down 8.2% for the month. Fear of the coronavirus impact hit both U.S. large stocks (-8.2%) as well as international large stocks (-9.0%). Bonds buffered losses with positive returns as intermediate-term bonds (+1.4%) and TIPS (+1.4%) led the pack. Alternatives were mixed with reinsurance (+0.8%) providing a positive return and global REITS (-8.2%) generating the largest loss during February.

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