June 11, 2020—Often times the best defense is a good offense. As we endure this period of heightened volatility and continue to monitor and evaluate emerging data that can provide clarity into the full impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it is essential for investors to understand how important it can be to stay invested. That is to say, how important it can be that investors continue to play offense, even if they do so through a more defensive approach.
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 4, 2020— As investors turned part-time epidemiologists, we have been paying close attention to the trajectory of the COVID-19 disease, including growth in the number of new daily cases. There is evidence at the global and U.S. level that the so-called curve is being bent, though the U.S. curve is behind many other parts of the world and it has taken an unprecedented societal effort to do so.Some argue there is a light at the end of the tunnel, with U.S.