Insight Reports

July 3, 2022

June Returns and Asset Performance

Major Asset Classes June 2022 Performance Comparison Introduction June returns for the S&P 500 index had one of the largest drawdowns in the last 10 years.   Red ink is evident across all major asset classes.  US equity indexes have now fallen 4 out of the first 6 months of […]
July 1, 2022

Energy Futures- Sharp Drop in Natural Gas Positions

Energy Futures – Sharp Drop in Gas Positions Data from futures exchanges for June 28 shows a sharp decline in natural gas commitments by levered funds.  Specifically, net positions in natural gas declined 29.4% over the last week.  As a result, gas market open interest is no longer at record […]
June 29, 2022

Commitment of Traders Report 2022.06.28

Futures and Options Commitment of Traders Report June 28, 2022 Purpose The Commitments of Traders Report presents a weekly breakdown of the positions of hedge funds in futures and options markets. As a general rule, changes in hedge fund positions are positively correlated with changes in commodity market prices. For […]
June 3, 2022

May Returns and Asset Performance

Major Asset Classes May 2022 Performance Comparison Introduction May returns benefited from ‘spike lows’ in several asset markets, setting the stage for relief rallies over the second half of the month.  Performance across US equity indexes was mixed with several sectors posting notable gains.  Developed markets also posted positive gains […]
May 19, 2022

The Bumpy Road to Average Returns

The Bumpy Road to Average Returns Since 1926, the US stock market has rewarded investors with an average annual return of about 10%. But it’s important to remember that performance in any given year may be sky-high, extremely poor, or somewhere in between.  For example: Annual returns came within two […]
May 2, 2022

April Returns and Asset Performance

Major Asset Classes April 2022 Performance Comparison Introduction April market volatility was notable.  Red ink swept across the monthly results for most asset classes, highlighting the need for active risk management and strategies for capital preservation.  Equity and bond markets were down world-wide with few exceptions.  Strength in the US […]
April 19, 2022

Returns of the Biggest Large Cap Stocks

Think Twice Before Chasing the Biggest Large Cap Stocks The return profiles of companies change as they grow to become large cap stocks.  This is especially true of the ten largest companies trading on the US stock market. Initially, the returns that pushed them into leadership positions were impressive. But […]
April 2, 2022

March Returns and Asset Performance

Major Asset Classes March 2022 Performance Comparison Introduction March returns across markets were extraordinary for their speed and scale.   Returns across the asset classes were again dominated by events in Ukraine. Equity markets world-wide were up with only a few exceptions in the emerging markets. The market risk regime […]
March 28, 2022

S&P 500 Earnings Update – 1Q.2022

S&P 500 Earnings Update – 1Q.2022 Prelude to Earnings Season The first quarter earnings season is about to get underway and its worthwhile to review the latest earnings forecasts prior to the release of actual results. First, lets look at EPS guidance issued by companies since the first of the […]
March 15, 2022

Retirement Planning MasterClass

Retirement Planing MasterClass The Retirement Planning Masterclass was created to help you to better structure your retirement and investment plans, to better manage risk, and to preserve a comfortable lifestyle. Live Online Tuesdays, April 19 & 26 Time: 10:00am-11:30am Concordia University Saturdays, April 23 & 30 Time: 10:00am-11:30am 282 Concordia […]