This morning’s quarterly numbers from three of the largest U.S. financial institutions weren’t greeted with cheers. But if you think the banks are crashing, you just haven’t been paying attention. The S&P 500 has made only minimal progress year to date (YTD). On average, the seven biggest bank stocks on my screen — including this […]
Wall Street made a lot of money in 2020 despite extremely challenging circumstances. Now, investors are looking to extend their gains into a new year and a new political cycle. The first lesson we’ve learned this week is that an extremely narrow Democratic Party control of the federal government for the next few years is […]
A lot of investors are looking forward to winding back the market clock by 12 months to capture the opportunities that looked so enticing before the pandemic shut the world down. I wish I could say the same. After all, the COVID-19 outbreak was a one-time shock to the global system. As it recedes, the […]
While it’s hard to believe 2020 is almost over, the big financial networks are now asking me for my 2021 market outlook. I’ll tell you what I told them: Wall Street as a whole has hit a wall. On one hand, you have the bulls talking up vaccines as relief for a weary economy. In […]
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It looks like I ruffled a few feathers by being so bullish on the banks in my post-election conference call. (Click here to listen to the recording.) After all, it has been a grim year for the financial sector. Mighty JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is down 17% year to date. Bank of America Corp. […]
For a lot of investors, technology has been the only bright spot in a miserable year of pandemic, recession and election angst. But now that light seems to be dimming. All five of the titans at the top of the Silicon Valley food chain had a chance to thrill investors this week with their earnings. […]
Listen to the options market to avoid becoming one of the many investors who have essentially checked out until we know the way the votes stack up after the Nov. 3 presidential election. After all, they say, the electorate is too polarized to provide any kind of conviction and the polls cannot be trusted. I […]
We’ve talked a lot this year about ways investors can shore up their defense and maintain a cushion against shocks. You’re either in that zone at this point or you enjoy the rollercoaster ride. A financial cushion against shocks gives you the confidence to turn off the market noise for a few days, weeks or […]
The COVID-19 pandemic was supposed to deliver the final deathblow to the American mall and trigger shockwaves across the commercial real estate landscape. That apparently didn’t happen. And for a lot of investors who’ve gotten out of the habit of checking the government’s economic data, the persistence, and even vibrancy, of the retail universe is […]
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