Transitions - Wealth Planning and Market Insights
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There is a four-letter word that has gained a significant amount of momentum since the start of 2020. Those letters are S-P-A-C which stands for Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
We are all seeing increases in gas prices, food prices, lumber prices, and housing prices. The price index for GDP surged to 3.9% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 1.7% in the previous quarter. The core personal consumption and expenditures index, which excludes food and energy, had the biggest rise in twenty years.
Judging from the increased pedestrian foot traffic, warm spring breeze, flowering trees, the reopening of restaurants and entertainment venues to pre-pandemic levels, spring breathes anticipation of enthusiasm, hopefulness, and hints of some semblance of normalcy as we once knew it.
Since March of last year, we have seen an unfathomable amount of spending in both the Trump and Biden Administrations. During this short time, there have been 3 separate Covid-19 relief spending bills that collectively total $4.8 trillion.
On Monday, February 1, 2021, retail and institutional investors alike, awoke to the jubilation of cheers for GameStop across Reddit's chatroom, WallStreetBets, with boisterous and vociferous chants of "Buy high, sell low!"
The SECURE Act was supposed to help strengthen retirement security, expand the accessibility of retirement accounts, and enhance the preservation of savings for every American citizen. Although touted as a retirement enhancement, it has done the opposite for your long-term planning.
When listening to the daily news it seems hard to be optimistic. Hospitals are overwhelmed. The total number of citizens infected with Covid-19 reaches new milestones. Cooped up and isolated, most everyone is dealing with Covid fatigue. Yet the stock markets seem to relentlessly trend higher. Why?
2020...what a year with unprecedented scenarios that were ever-changing. A deadly virus is spreading unchecked throughout the country. A government-mandated shutdown caused a brutal recession that triggered widespread layoffs and sharp declines in corporate profits. The result - the fastest bear market in history.
An underlying current not widely acknowledged is the disconnect between the stock market and the economy. As a student of the markets over many decades, I have always found it important to visit stores and listen to business owners.
This pandemic has impacted everyone's lifestyle. Our conversations are often centered on the core issue. This is one illness that money cannot cure. For those in high-risk demographics of age or health, the objective is to simply stay alive through the pandemic.
A friend eloquently described what we are facing. "We are in a difficult storm, but each of us is riding it out in different boats." Americans face many cross currents. Some boats are full of small children, while others have family members with health issues.
Over the past few months, we have been observing strange market behavior. The focus on central bank stimulus and reopening America has blotted out every consideration guiding equities.