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How dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment

2nd Quarter | 2021

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Updates on how dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment.

Market Update 9/27/21

Major U.S. stock market indexes were up last week. The S&P 500 increased by 0.51%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.62%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.02%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index was up 0.50%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 9 basis points to 1.45%, taking Treasury bonds lower for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,750.42, down 0.22%.

Last week, the gold spot price was down 0.22% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.14%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.51%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.02%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.62%.

I’ve been dealing with knee problems for several years now. As a result, I started reviewing medical literature looking for options. During my research, I read a blog post by Dr. Kevin Stone of the San Francisco–based Stone Clinic. The clinic is considered one of the leading knee clinics in the county. It is the first stop for many pro athletes dealing with knee injuries.

Last week, gold prices continued to find support at $1,750 per ounce.

Market Update 9/20/21

The major U.S. stock market indexes were mixed last week. The Russell 2000 gained 0.42%, the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.47%, the S&P 500 was down 0.57%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.07%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 2 basis points to 1.36%, though bonds were mixed for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,754.34, down 1.86%.

Last week, the gold spot price was down 1.86% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.66%.

U.S. equity markets posted losses in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 lost 0.57%, the NASDAQ Composite lost 0.47%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.07%

Bring on the future

A few years ago, two things made me think about what Flexible Plan does from a different perspective.

Gold prices retraced to find support at $1,750 per ounce last week.

Market Update 9/13/21

The major U.S. stock market indexes were generally lower last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.1%, the S&P 500 Index fell 1.7%, the NASDAQ Composite gave up 1.6%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index slumped 2.8%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield gained 2 basis points to finish at 1.28%, sending bond prices lower for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,788.35, down $39.37 per ounce, or 2.2%.

U.S. equity markets posted losses in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 lost 1.69%, the NASDAQ Composite lost 1.61%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.15%.

Last week, the gold spot price was down 2.20% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.59%.

Since I began investing in the late 1960s, I have always been in the active investing camp. When I started Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., in 1981, the only investment services we offered were active management (and that is still true today). I thought an investment manager should be “flexible” rather than locked into a rigid buy-and-hold approach.

Last week, gold prices retraced back to support levels found at the 50-day moving average.

August ETF Deathwatch contains 330 zombie ETFs and ETNs.

Market Update 9/7/21

Major U.S. stock market indexes were mixed last week. The S&P 500 increased by 0.58%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.24%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 1.55%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index was up 0.65%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 1 basis point to 1.32%, taking Treasury bonds lower for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,827.73, up 0.56%.

Remembering 9/11

I cannot imagine writing about any other topic this week than the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in two of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.58%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 1.55%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.24%.

Last week, the gold spot price was up 0.56% and the U.S. Dollar Index was down 0.7%.

Gold resumed its upward surge on Friday (September 3), when the U.S. employment report for August showed a shocking shortfall in new jobs.

The major U.S. stock market indexes ended significantly higher last week, with several indexes hitting all-time highs. The Russell 2000 turned in the best performance with a 5.05% gain, the NASDAQ Composite rose 2.82%, the S&P 500 was up 1.52%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.96%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 5 basis points to 1.31%, taking bonds slightly down for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,817.57, up 2.05%.

Eleven years ago, I wrote about the triumph resulting from having a plan B. In today’s headlines, we can see what happens when there is no plan B.

Last week, the gold spot price was up 2.05% and the U.S. Dollar Index was down 0.87%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 1.52%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 2.82%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.96%.

After the tragic deaths of 13 United States service members last week in Afghanistan, gold prices surged above both the 50-day and 200-day moving averages, closing the week at $1,819.50 per ounce.

July ETF Deathwatch contains 327 zombie ETFs and ETNs.

Major U.S. stock market indexes were down last week. The S&P 500 decreased by 0.59%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.11%, the NASDAQ Composite declined by 0.73%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index lost 2.50%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 2 basis points to 1.26%, taking Treasury bonds higher for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,781.11, up 0.08%.

Investors received a small taste of downside volatility last week, with the major indexes recovering on Friday to see only a small weekly decline.

U.S. equity markets posted losses in all three indexes last week.

Last week, the gold spot price was up 0.08% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 1.06%.

Gold rose above its previous support level at $1,750 per ounce last week to close the week at $1,784 per ounce.

In medicine, as in sports, much of the excitement is generated by the knockout punch—the quick, single action that is going to end both a fight and an illness. But just as we often saw in the Olympics, and as we are increasingly finding in medicine, the practical solution comes in the combination, the one-two punches, that score the most points and earn a victory.

Major U.S. stock market indexes were mixed last week. The S&P 500 increased by 0.71%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.87%, the NASDAQ Composite declined by 0.09%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index lost 1.10%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 2 basis points to 1.28%, taking Treasury bonds higher for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,779.74, up 0.95%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in two of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.71%, the NASDAQ Composite lost 0.09%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.87%.

Gold fell to its previous support level at $1,670 per ounce last Wednesday (August 11) on the report that the consumer price index (CPI), a measurement of the changes in the retail prices of the same goods and services over time, slowed in July.

Last week, the gold spot price was up 0.95% and the U.S. Dollar Index was down 0.3%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes ended higher once again last week, with several indexes flirting with all-time highs. The NASDAQ Composite turned in the best performance with a 1.11% gain, the Russell 2000 rose 0.97%, the S&P 500 was up 0.94%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.78%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 7 basis points to 1.30%, taking bonds slightly down for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,763, down 2.82%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.94%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 1.11%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.78%.

Last week, the gold spot price was down 2.82% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.68%.

The Declaration of Independence sets out one of our “unalienable Rights” as “the pursuit of Happiness.” Yet there has been much debate over the centuries about what happiness truly is and how we can obtain it.

Gold declined back to the support level at $1,750 per ounce following a strong U.S. economic report on Friday (August 6). Prices closed last week at $1,763.10 per ounce.

As I was writing this article on Monday morning (August 2), the Dow Jones Industrial Average put in an all-time intraday high, and the other major indexes were not that far from their own all-time highs. Of note, the S&P 500 was close to doubling the closing daily pandemic lows of March 2020 (2,237.4)—a remarkable performance.

The major U.S. stock market indexes were generally lower last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4%, the S&P 500 Index also fell 0.4%, the NASDAQ Composite gave up 1.1%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index—the lone gainer—picked up 0.75%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 5 basis points to 1.22%, boosting bond prices for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,814.19, up $12.04 per ounce, or 0.67%.

U.S. equity markets posted losses in all three indexes last week.

Last week, the gold spot price was up 0.67% and the U.S. Dollar Index was down 0.79%.

Gold prices resumed their upward move last week, keeping the 50-day moving average above the 200-day moving average. The metal closed the week at $1,817.20 per ounce.

June ETF Deathwatch contains 322 zombie ETFs and ETNs.

Major U.S. stock market indexes were up last week. The S&P 500 increased by 1.96%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.08%, the NASDAQ Composite rose by 2.84%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index gained 2.15%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 1 basis point to 1.28%, taking Treasury bonds higher for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,802.15, down 0.55%.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in all three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 1.96%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 2.84%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.08%.