• A shopping spree

    What would you do with an extra $600 million? In many cases, it may be inappropriate to call recently received stimulus checks extra, but it is clear they prompted recipients to spend.

  • Important signs of an improving outlook

    Stocks made record highs again last week and continue to benefit from better-than-expected corporate profits, lower COVID infection rates, an accelerating vaccine rollout, and the promise of additional fiscal stimulus from the Biden administration.

  • Embrace the inevitable

    The concept of creative destruction—out with the old and in with the new and innovative—sounds appealing, but no matter how promising change might appear to be, the process can be threatening. Change becomes even more problematic when the pace accelerates.

  • Encouraged by business surveys, vaccines, and corporate profits

    Improving business surveys, good news on lower infection rates, potential additional vaccine manufacturers, and better-than-expected corporate profitability support our positive outlook for 2021.

  • The score at halftime

    By the close Friday, February 5, 2021, slightly more than half of the S&P 500 had reported calendar fourth-quarter earnings.

  • Investment Perspectives: Inflation, key issues, and a firm outlook

    Janney's analysts discuss inflation and stock trends.

  • A Booming Housing Market and an Update on Economic News

    Janney's analysts discuss the global pandemic's impact on the economy.

  • Bucking the trend

    Although it easily is overlooked, the value of a nation’s currency can exert wide-ranging economic influence.

  • Volatility presents opportunity as vaccine rollout continues

    Market volatility increased last week with stocks having their worst week since October and finishing down for the month of January.

  • Podcast: Federal Reserve Policy Meeting and Factors Driving the Equity Markets

    Janney's analysts discuss the global pandemic's impact on the economy.

  • The savings grace

    On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided $2.2 trillion to consumers as a spending bridge to get through virus-induced shutdowns that ravaged businesses and employment.

  • FOMC Commentary: Roughly balanced

    Fed Chair Jay Powell was not shy about sharing his opinions on the economic and policy outlook just two weeks ago in his microwave-side chat.

  • How you feel still matters

    The Consumer Confidence Index generally is considered to be a reliable measure of consumer sentiment, but despite its expectations component, it largely reflects what we already know.

  • Housing and manufacturing remain strong, despite virus surge

    Housing and manufacturing conditions suggest a sustainable economic recovery remains in place, despite the surging virus and the impact it is having on consumer’s ability to spend.

  • ISM Index remains sign of times

    Investors commonly seek signs they hope can provide guidance as to the equity market’s likely path, but as seasoned investors know well, no single item has the prognostication accuracy to be relied upon in every instance.

  • Podcast: Global fixed income outlook and investor expectations for equity markets

    Janney's analysts discuss the global pandemic's impact on the economy.

  • Stimulus, vaccines, and pent-up demand bode well for 2021

    Stocks had their worst week since October last week, with the economic data showing the effects of renewed restrictions as the virus surge continues and as the effects of last spring’s massive CARES Act stimulus wanes.

  • Podcast: Long-term interest rates and equity market outlook

    Janney's analysts discuss the global pandemic's impact on the economy.

  • Is a trifecta possible?

    Previous Investment Strategy Group reports detailed the frequent performance shifts in stock market sectors.

  • The earnings watch, again

    All earnings report periods are important, but following the large drop in earnings expectations early last year and the relatively slow recovery, fourth-quarter 2020 results and corporate comments about 2021 prospects could be unusually significant.

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