Monday, Nov 16

Talking Points of the Week for Financial Advisors (11/16)

As an OCIO, Helios distributes a 19-page Weekly Report to member firms every Friday, which includes risk level summaries, model allocations, detailed model positioning information, market index information, and much more. Here, we are sharing discussion points for Financial Advisors to use with their clients which we provide in the Weekly Report.

After a big week of gains last week, the S&P 500 stayed modestly in the green this week as the market digested the election news over the weekend and anticipated additional vaccine news from Moderna, which announced it has sufficient data from its late-stage trial and further announcements expected in the coming days. This would add to the positive Pfizer news earlier.

Inflation was flat in October, below the consensus expectation of a 0.1% increase from the prior month. Year-over-year core CPI is at 1.6%, which is still well below the Fed’s 2% target. Expectations for next year continue to be muted with energy prices likely pushing the number a bit higher early in the year, while economic slack likely continues to drag on other sectors well into next year.

Consumer sentiment, measured by the University of Michigan’s Sentiment survey took a hit in November’s preliminary numbers, declining nearly 5 points to 77.0. Expectations were for a slight increase. Nearly the entire decline was due to worsening future expectations.

Initial jobless claims improved from the week prior and beat expectations at 709K (vs. 731K expectations and 751K the week prior).

Nyle Bayer

Nyle Bayer

Nyle Bayer is the Chief Marketing Officer at Helios, where he helps Financial Advisors tell their story to the clients they serve. Prior to Helios, Nyle was the President of Up Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor. Nyle lives in the Sacramento, CA area with his wife and three children.