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Positioning

When investor “positioning” has become extreme, market sentiment can shift very quickly. Given the extreme dispersion of investor opinions about inflation, economic growth rates, employment, etc., sometimes a lack of positioning ahead of a significant data point can also lead to surprising market reactions.

Previous Week’s Issues

“What’s Going On” – A Longer Transition

“What’s Going On” – A Longer Transition

As economic growth rates have slowed, rates of inflation have increased. Hopefully, in the words of singer Marvin Gaye, we “can see what’s going on” presently with the Delta variant’s infections and their effect on economies, inflation and financial markets.

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Uneven But Not Broken

Uneven But Not Broken

The Delta variant experience of India, which has a very low vaccination rate and the U.K., which has a relatively high vaccination rate, both show that Delta variant infections tend to rise quickly but also seem to dissipate rather quickly. Higher vaccination countries like the U.S. should see only a relatively slight delay in its economy more fully reopening.

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Details of Build Back America Act Have Begun to Leak Out

Details of Build Back America Act Have Begun to Leak Out

House Democrats have circulated initial proposals around tax policy changes that they want to include within the Build Back America Act, the massive tax-and-spending budget reconciliation bill that party leaders hope to move through the chamber in the coming weeks. Many of the proposals within the bill are what was expected in one form or another, but there are a few new wrinkles.

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Fireside Chat: The Cryptocurrency Craze

Fireside Chat: The Cryptocurrency Craze

Hosted by Rob Sechan, panelists Tom Lee and Anthony Scaramucci discussed an overview of the cryptocurrency market, the outlook for the market in 2021 and the future, as well as insights on how individual investors can gain exposure to this burgeoning asset class within their own portfolio.

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