Weekly Investment Update

US equity markets, as measured by the S&P 500 index, were flat last week as the record-breaking rally took a pause.  This week, we will receive fresh data on US retail sales, housing starts and the sentiment of homebuilders.  As the US economy is largely driven by household spending activity, continued signs that these metrics are on a recovery path should be supportive of investor sentiment.  Housing starts have already recovered to pre-pandemic levels as low mortgage rates have spurred demand.  That demand is reflected in the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index which measures the sentiment of homebuilders.  The survey asks respondents to rate market conditions for the sale of new homes currently, expectations over the next six months, and the level of traffic of prospective buyers in new homes.  The survey results can range from 0 to 100 with results over 50 implying positive market conditions and optimism about the future. 

 

Source: St. Louis Federal Reserve

Source: National Association of Homebuilders

 

Key Economic Releases This Week

Source: MarketWatch

Asset Class Returns

Source: Morningstar
As of September 11, 2020

Prices & Interest Rates

Source: Bloomberg, US Treasury
As of September 11, 2020

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