May 22, 2020—Just one month has passed since West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, moved into uncharted territory and closed the day at a shocking -$37.63/barrel, indicating that owners of a “front month” contract (for delivery of oil in the following month) would have to pay a premium to offload it (as opposed to receiving proceeds from the sale, as is customary).
May 18—$6.0 trillion. Roughly half of that was recently given out to ease Americans’ COVID-19-induced economic suffering—with nearly another $3 trillion now proposed. That’s atop a U.S. debt tab of over $20 trillion. Our CIO Tony Roth and Chief Economist Luke Tilley discuss why it matters, whether we should be worried, and the importance of having a plan. Please listen to important disclosures at the end of the podcast.
In the May issue of our monthly flagship publication, we feature:On the Record by Chief Investment Officer Tony Roth, where he discusses how this recession is unlike previous market dislocations and despite having a simple trigger, the impacts and investment implications are harder to gauge.