Monday, Nov 23

Talking Points of the Week for Financial Advisors (11/23)

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.

Positive vaccine news across the week with Moderna officially reporting their vaccine trials indicates a high effectiveness level. On Friday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced they will seek FDA authorization to clear the vaccine for potential distribution in December.

October retail sales continued to increase with a 0.3% gain versus September, though slightly less than expectations of 0.5%. While the pace of improvement has slowed after a large Q3 gain, total retail spending exceeds pre-COVID levels.

Monthly industrial production returned to positive territory in October, increasing 1.1% compared to last month's revised 0.4% decline. Slightly beating expectations of a 1.0% gain. Manufacturing increased for the sixth month in a row, climbing 1.0% in October

October existing-home sales unexpectedly rose to 6.85M versus September's revised figure of 6.57M. The month's growth was contrary to the expected drop to 6.47M and rose the figure to its highest value since 2005.

Initial jobless claims ticked up last week, rising to 742K versus the week's prior 709K and expectations of 700K.

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.