For investors who recall the experience of 1999, it was either a fantastic year or a difficult one, depending on the types of stocks in their portfolio. Investors who concentrated their portfolio among growth companies, which earned little or no profits, remember 1999 as a fantastic year, delivering a return of 41%. Investors with the opposite philosophy, such as Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, did not fare as well. Their focus on value companies with large profits lost ... [Continue Reading]
Updates and articles on timely topics from the Investment Team.
As the chart below shows, 2020’s second-quarter rise in equity market performance was as dramatic as the previous quarter’s decline. With plenty of bumps along the way, the S&P 500 is now up more than 40% from the bottom on March 23. 1 If we view these recent extreme market events as isolated time periods, we can see the sharp contrast between the first two quarters of 2020 (Chart 1, below). These quarters were truly “tail events.” Q1 produced the fifth worst return, and Q2 ... [Continue Reading]
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It offers relief for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments facing financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the reach and the complexity of the CARES Act, there are numerous different planning opportunities we’ve explored for the benefit of our clients since this Act was put into place in late March. To demonstrate how our team is proactively applying the ... [Continue Reading]
Robert Merton has a long list of accomplishments, among them the most prominent is his award of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the Black-Scholes-Merton model on derivatives. This work was fundamental in understanding how financial markets should price in risk and uncertainty in options markets. In a recent webcast, Dimensional Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer Gerard O’Reilly engaged with Professor Merton on a number of subjects relating to risk, uncertainty, and ... [Continue Reading]
The events of the past quarter hold no superlative or adjective strong enough to capture the disruption and change that many are experiencing. What would have been hyperbole just days or weeks earlier, was quickly becoming our reality. During the past two months, we’ve been introduced to many new terms and experiences like social distancing, sheltering-in-place, and virtual hang outs with friends and family. What was once saved for extreme snow days in Minnesota, distance learning, is now just ... [Continue Reading]