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Market Pulse – March 2020

The equity markets started March with a mild reprieve from the late-month selloff in February, finishing the first week of the month nearly flat. However, during the first weekend of March, the dominoes started falling and almost broke the high-quality fixed income market. The one-two punch from coronavirus taking hold in the US and Saudi Arabia abandoning OPEC+ spooked the equity markets and triggered significant selling across the board. Read the full article in the downloadable PDF »
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Market Brief – 3/27/2020

After weeks of negative market returns, we saw a reprieve starting on Tuesday. While the equity markets were up, the high quality credit markets were relatively speaking, up more. The attached piece is more reflective of the last 10+ years and has a focus around what we saw in the last couple of weeks of the high quality fixed income market and broad portfolio management.   Read the full article in the downloadable PDF »
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COVID-19 Operational Readiness Statement

Ashton Thomas Private Wealth has been and remains committed to a state of readiness for any emergency or rapid response event. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and related government-recommended mitigation measures have spotlighted the need for business readiness to handle such events. Ashton Thomas advisors and staff are currently capable of working remotely with full operational and communication capabilities. The firm’s Amplify digital platform is an integral part of this readiness, as well as our ongoing commitment to future-ready business functionality from anywhere at any time.   Read the full article in the downloadable PDF »
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Market Brief – 3/13/2020

We have just witnessed the third week of unprecedented market movements… The “big one” hit yesterday, as it relates to the financial markets, when we had a magnitude 9.99%1 drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the biggest daily decline since the 1987 crash2. References: 1 https://www.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/us-stocks-lower-at-close-of-trade-dow-jones-industrial-average-down-999-2109050 2 https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/12/the-dow-just-had-its-biggest-drop-since-1987-heres.aspx Read the full article in the downloadable PDF »
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Chart of the Week – 3/05/2020

The Federal Reserve cut the Fed Funds Rate by 50 basis point, as market forces seemed to require, but it appears the market may be demanding further intervention (see chart below). Fed action has been a factor in spurring market growth in the past. Clearly, the Fed is concerned about the potential economic impact of coronavirus and took swift action with the “emergency” rate cut, as a result. The second chart shows the forward performance of the S&P 500 after previous emergency rate cuts. Here are some related thoughts… Read the full article in the downloadable PDF »
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Market Pulse – February 2020

The market ended January with a thud, but then rebounded, hitting all-time highs February 19. Then, the news surrounding the coronavirus took a decidedly negative tone and the final week was nothing short of ugly. The markets have begun to price in the risk of meaningful disruptions to global economies, whether through trade or impacts to local economies, such as people being quarantined. Read the full article in the downloadable PDF »
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