The 30,000-foot headline message can read that the stimulus payments to individuals will provide additional monies for essential needs and/or to spend on goods and services that would fuel the recovery of the economy impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With significantly more cash in the hands of the consumer/household than before the pandemic, along with the trillions of dollars in government spending, it can be argued that the economy is set up for an inflationary period.
It’s about that time again — time to write another blog about cryptocurrencies. Not surprisingly, I received a deluge of client questions on cryptos last week given the Coinbase IPO and the record highs bitcoin reached earlier in the week (followed by the steep pullback in prices over the weekend).
Stronger-than-expected economic news propelled stocks to new highs last week. Lower Treasury yields helped drive the outperformance of growth and momentum styles after those areas of the market meaningfully lagged value in the first quarter. The biggest sector winners this week were utilities, materials and health care, which each gained 3% or more. No sectors posted negative returns for the week.