Market insights and analysis

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

1st Quarter | 2021

Market insights and analysis


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

The major stock market indexes finished lower last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.5%, the S&P 500 Index slipped 0.7%, the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.8%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index tumbled 2.8%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 10 basis points to 1.727%, sending bonds lower for the week despite a late-week rally. Last week, spot gold closed at $1,745.23, up $18.12 per ounce, or 1.1%.

Don’t let market volatility become your volatility

I’m sure most of you noticed the recent spike in market volatility during the last week of January, related in part to the highly unusual trading in heavily shorted stocks such as GameStop and AMC. The VIX volatility index, known as the market’s “fear gauge,” jumped to 37 on Wednesday, January 27. According to Bloomberg, this was “the biggest one-day move since the pandemic-spurred market crash” in March 2020. CNBC reported that the VIX closed on January 29 “with its biggest weekly gain since June [2020].”

The invitation to our holiday party a few years read “Dress: Cocktail.” One of our guests, John Zilli, wondered, “What exactly does that mean?” He Googled it.

The Halloween season has always been one of my favorite times of the year.


Over 2,500 years ago, in what may have been one of the earliest examples of behavioral finance theory, ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle is reported to have said the following regarding the achievement of success.