Weekly Investment Update

US equity markets, as measured by the S&P 500 index, advanced to new all-time highs last week as investor optimism toward the pace of the economic recovery continues to strengthen.  Despite high levels of unemployment, trends toward consumer spending and housing have been gaining momentum.  The index closed the week just shy of 3,400[1] and is potentially in over-valued territory as implied by several historical metrics (first chart).  The concentration of top stocks within the index, such as Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, has also increased significantly (second chart).

 

Source: JPMorgan

Source: CapIQ

 

Key Economic Releases This Week

Source: MarketWatch

Asset Class Returns

Source: Morningstar
As of August 21, 2020

Prices & Interest Rates

Source: Bloomberg, FactSet
As of August 21, 2020

[1] Source: Morningstar

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