Latest economic updates and analysis on the COVID-19 crisis
During this time of uncertainty, market volatility and unprecedented policy change, it’s important that you base your decisions on accurate data. To help you make informed decisions to support your goals, we’re bringing the latest insights from our top investment and financial planning experts right here.
Key Private Bank Investment Brief
The global spread of COVID-19 has caused significant market movements and uncertainty among investors.
Your investment brief houses our experts' latest analysis and strategies for navigating the turbulence created by the outbreak—keeping you updated on our thinking and how these changes might impact your portfolio.
Key Questions: How Has Our View on Gold Evolved?
In our Key Questions article, "Is All That Glitters Truly Golden?" last October, we expressed our view that gold does not merit inclusion in a strategic asset class framework. We took that position primarily because, unlike stocks and bonds, gold does not offer a stream of cash flows (e.g., dividends and earnings) one would use to estimate its value.
PinnacleCare Medical Intelligence Report
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the gaps in our personal and family healthcare strategies. In a time of uncertainty, it can be stressful to make informed strategic decisions for your family and loved ones when flooded with information from various sources.
Key Questions: Will the Presidential Election Be Delayed?
It would not be an exaggeration to say that the United States was in a state of disarray following the Civil War. Economic booms and busts ensued all too frequently due, in large part, to a series of missteps to reunite the nation.
Key Questions: What Does the Future Look Like for Higher Education?
The college experience of the past might never look the same, and the divide between the haves and have-nots may only grow wider as a result.
Key Questions: Will Schools Open and What Happens if They Don’t?
Seventy-seven million. That’s the number of Americans (mostly children) enrolled in school. Of this total, three-quarters attend elementary, middle, and high schools, and 20 million others are enrolled in a college or university.
Key Questions: Who Wins and Loses in a Post COVID-19 World?
COVID-19 has caused a foundational shift in the U.S. economy, causing consumers to change their approach to spending. Consumers are placing value on technology, convenience, speed, health, and safety.
2020 Financial Planning: What Role Should Cash Play in My Wealth Plan?
Cash isn’t an afterthought, something that remains when all the other asset allocation decisions are made. Even experienced investors can wind up with too much or too little cash—balance and diligence is key.
Key Questions: Is the Bounce in European Equities Believable?
Over the past several years, European stocks have trailed their US brethren by a considerable margin. This underperformance trend extended into 2020: European equities lagged US equities by a full ten percentage points from the beginning of the year through mid-May.
Key Questions: Has Irrational Exuberance Returned?
Exuberance is evident, and while not all of it is irrational, some investors may be overly confident of the long-run economic outlook.
Key Questions: You Bought Which Stock?!
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Key Questions: Wait... What Happened to the Payrolls Report?
Last week, it was revealed that US payrolls in May increased by 2.5 million. Ahead of the announcement, forecasters were anticipating that payrolls would decrease by roughly 7.5 million, translating into a forecasting error (albeit a positive error) of approximately 10 million jobs.