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from May 1997 through the end of 2019: 584%
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2019
+10.2%

2018
+10.2%

2017
+13.2%

Since Inception
+584%

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Performance

2019
+21.19%

2018
-8.22%

2017
+28.1%

2016
+21.5%

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Performance

2020
+15.71%

2019
+4.90%

2018
-15.52%

2017
+6.48%

2016
+26.8%

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Show us the jobs, Federal Reserve says, before any interest rate increase

Show us the jobs, Federal Reserve says, before any interest rate increase

We want to see the job gains before we remove any support for the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said at an event at the International Monetary Fund, on Thursday, April 8. Putting another marker in the ground on when the central bank might start to cut back on its schedule to purchase $120 billion a month in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities–and then to raise its benchmark interest rate, Powell said the Fed wants to see a string of months like March when the economy added 916,000 jobs.

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Is your portfolio ready for earnings season?

Is your portfolio ready for earnings season?

How much of the huge year over year earnings growth in the first quarter is already priced into stocks? And how much more of a rally can we expect on expectations for even higher year over year earnings growth in the second quarter?

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Show us the jobs, Federal Reserve says, before any interest rate increase

New claims for unemployment up again this week

Initial claims for unemployment in regular state programs rose by 16,000 to 744,000 in the week ended April 3, the Labor Department reported today, April 8. This was the second straight weekly increase in new claims. For the prior week, the total new claims figure was revised upward to 728,000. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had projected that initial claims for the week would fall to 680,000.

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Nothing in the Federal Reserve minutes released today to pause financial markets.

Nothing in the Federal Reserve minutes released today to pause financial markets.

Nothing to see here. Move along. In the minutes from its March 16-17 meeting, released today April 7, Federal Reserve officials told the financial markets “that it would likely be some time until substantial further progress toward the [Open Market] Committee’s maximum-employment and price-stability goals would be realized.” And, the minutes went on, “a number of participants highlighted the importance of the Committee clearly communicating its assessment of progress toward its longer-run goals well in advance of the time when it could be judged substantial enough to warrant a change in the pace of asset purchases.”

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Bond traders speculate that the bond “lull” won’t last long–and that yields will spike again

Bond traders speculate that the bond “lull” won’t last long–and that yields will spike again

A significant number of bond traders are betting that the calm in bond markets won’t last. Short interest in the $14 billion iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) has climbed to about one-fifth of shares outstanding, the highest since early 2017, according to IHS Markit. Bearish bets, Bloomberg reports, have risen from just 7% at the start of 2021.

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