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Integrated Insights -- Week of February 1, 2021

Integrated Insights -- Week of February 1, 2021

February 02, 2021

Every once in awhile we are reminded that investment markets can be a dangerous place. The price "manipulation" seen last week as it relates to a handful of  stocks is likely not to end well for those involved. The emotions of fear and greed--on full display here--can often lead to loss. We will see how this situation resolves itself.

In the meantime, markets continue to trend upward despite a slow start to vaccine rollouts across the country. Here's what I'm reading this week:

Weekly Commentary -- Valuation: not a worry for now -- BlackRock

  • BlackRock continues to see the activity restart and persistent low interest rates supporting equities, even as markets have rallied and pockets of excess have emerged.

  • The Federal Reserve’s statement reaffirmed a low-for-long interest rate outlook, backing our new nominal theme.

  • This week’s nonfarm payrolls and global purchasing managers’ index (PMI) data will be in focus for assessing the U.S. labor market and global activity.

GDP Growth Forecasts for 2021 Suggest Global Diversification -- Capital Group

Speculative Trading is Only One Reason Why Market Volatility is High -- Cetera Investment Management

  • Stocks continue to be volatile on concerns around speculative trading.

  • This is just one reason why we have anticipated an increase in market fluctuations.

  • Potential market declines may be limited due to stimulus and improved vaccination prospects.