Cornerstone Fixed Income Commentary

Conquering Bond Bears “I was absolutely unemotional about numbers.  Losses did not have an effect on me because I viewed them as purely probability driven, which meant sometimes you came up with a loss.  Bad days, bad weeks, bad months never impacted the way I approached markets the next day.” James Leitner – Flacon Management…

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Cornerstone 1st Quarter 2022 Commentary

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders Winston Churchill War in Europe, mounting inflationary fears, and Covid-19—clearly a recipe for a bearish first quarter.  In fact, following new highs set by most indexes in the first week of January, the first quarter was one long string of bad news and increased volatility.  Equity markets which…

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4Q 2021 Cornerstone Commentary

No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back Turkish Proverb The fourth quarter continued the upward trend that has been in place since the beginning of 2021.  Markets rallied off the lows of September hitting multiple new highs throughout the quarter.  Equity strength was broad-based with virtually all major areas…

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Interest Rate Commentary – October 2021

Federal Reserve Comments & Projections In response to economic fears from COVID-19, the U.S. Federal Reserve initiated a series of Fed Funds rate cuts (including an emergency rate cut) to bring the Fed Funds target rate to 0.00% – 0.25% as of March 15, 2020.  After a short period of shrinking, the Federal Reserve’s balance…

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3Q 2021 Cornerstone Commentary

If you want to keep on learning you must keep on risking failure – all your life John W. Gardner We do not believe if we do not live and work according to our belief Heidi Willis The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think kon those things that are in line with…

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2Q 2021 Cornerstone Commentary

Market risk tends to be poorly rewarded when market valuations are rich and interest rates are rising.” -John P. Hussman, Ph. D. Relative to Q1 of 2021, Q2 was decidedly anticlimactic!  However, the positive news for investors was that the market continued to rally and did so in a decidedly undramatic fashion. Volatility declined to…

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1Q 2021 Cornerstone Commentary

There have been three great inventions since the beginning of time: fire, the wheel, and central banking. -Will Rogers The first quarter of 2021 witnessed a dramatic extension of the 2020 global equity rally.  Led by smaller capitalization equities, virtually every sector of public equity markets moved higher during the quarter.  Drama at the capitol,…

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4Q 2020 Cornerstone Commentary

We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times. -George Washington Regardless of your political affiliation, the fourth quarter of 2020…

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3Q 2020 Cornerstone Commentary

The rally continues! The market continued to rally throughout the third quarter of 2020. Despite a pullback in mid-September, the broader equity market rallied more than 8% during the quarter.

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2Q 2020 Cornerstone Commentary

“The death of contrarians has been greatly exaggerated. The reason is that the crowd is the market for most of any cycle. You cannot be contrarian all the time, otherwise you end up simply fighting the tape the whole way up (or down), therefore being wildly wrong. -Barry Ritholtz The second quarter of 2020 started…

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