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Notes on the Week Ahead

Listen to the latest insights from Dr. David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management to help prepare you for the week ahead.

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Haircuts and Roulette Wheels: Are we “Due” for a Correction?

Like most people, I suppose, I get my hair cut every four weeks. If, either by consulting the calendar or the mirror, I am “due” for a haircut, I head off and get one. The passage of time or the growth of my hair since my last visit, is a very reliable predictor of the timing of my next one.


20 Sep 2021

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Washington games and their consequences for risks, taxes, stimulus and investing

There is an old house with a box of dynamite in the attic. Every few years, for as long as anyone can really remember, the children of the house have brought the box downstairs and played games with its contents.  The owners have never seemed very concerned – after all, so far, it has never exploded.  But each generation of kids seems just a little more reckless and irresponsible than the last and it takes just one mistake……


13 Sep 2021

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Speedbumps on the Road to Recovery

The parking lot of our local high school is fortified by great ranges of speedbumps. These ancient mounds of asphalt were erected in the distant past by school authorities, presumably in tribute to the precision and focus demonstrated by our town’s youngest drivers.


7 Sep 2021

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Monetary and Fiscal Timetables

Investors, in the week ahead, will have little time for financial analysis. The headlines will be dominated by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the terrible impact of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana. Meanwhile families will be trying to stretch out summer days, while making all the adjustments necessary for a return to work and school in a still-untamed pandemic.


30 Aug 2021

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The Profits Wave

On March 23rd of last year, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the S&P500 briefly traded below 2,200.  Since then it has more than doubled, surfing on a wave of corporate profits, in a sea of central bank liquidity.  However, investors should recognize that this wave will face challenges going forward while the tide of monetary easing should turn.  As this happens, a focus on valuations should be more rewarding than has been the case in recent years.


23 Aug 2021

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The Investment Implications of a Mutating Economy

Much has been written about the mutating virus and how its more contagious Delta variant has spurred a surge in cases, hospitalizations and fatalities. However, the economy is also mutating and adapting. These adaptations are reducing the ability of pandemic waves to slow the economy. They are also boosting productivity and profits. However, a failure to recognize this resilience is promoting inappropriately easy monetary and fiscal policy, potentially setting the stage for higher inflation and interest rates and a significant rotations in asset class performance.


9 Aug 2021

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New Palette Same Picture

Every few years our talented colleagues in marketing tell us we need a new palette for the Guide the Markets. They’re right of course – staring at the same colors, year after year, gets boring. But a new palette requires us to change almost every color on every page which is fairly labor intensive work. Moreover, if we do it right, the new chart will just convey the same message as the old one.


2 Aug 2021

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The Variants and the Vaccines

The week ahead will be a quiet one for economic data and a busy one for corporate earnings. It could also be a pivotal one in Washington as the Biden Administration tries to advance its agenda in Congress.


19 Jul 2021

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Speeding More Slowly

My wife, Sari, was born with a lead foot.  By all rights, she should have accumulated a bountiful harvest of speeding tickets over the course of her career.  But she understands how the system works.  If she is, for example, buzzing along at 75 in 55 mile-an-hour zone and sees the state police ahead, she dons a sunny smile and gently taps on the brakes.  This action, of course, still leaves her well above the limit.  However, for some reason, the police seem to appreciate the gesture as a respectful acknowledgement of the majesty of the law.  Speeding more slowly is apparently regarded as akin to not speeding at all.


12 Jul 2021

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After the Storm

When my wife, Sari, was 9 years old, a tornado touched down in Grand Rapids, Michigan and destroyed most of her home. Luckily she and her family were at her grandparents that evening and so weren’t there when the storm hit.  But the next day, when they all drove back to the neighborhood, it was barely recognizable with many houses destroyed or badly damaged.  Her great concern, at the time, were the family pets who thankfully managed to ride out the storm unscathed.  But her parents must have been traumatized by the destruction they saw all around them, wondering how long it would be before everything could get back to normal and whether there were some things that would just never be the same.


6 Jul 2021

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