Monday, Dec 07

Talking Points of the Week for Financial Advisors (12/7)

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.

November employment data came in with the unemployment rate slightly declining by 0.2% to 6.7%. The modest decline was driven by a weaker than expected change in nonfarm payrolls, which increased 245K, which was well below expectations of a 460K gain. The weakness was largely driven by the services sector as case counts surged, which also may cause a much weaker December report as well.

Weekly initial jobless claims improved a bit to 712K but remain over the 700K level we have yet to dip below since COVID started.

As COVID cases surge, restrictions tighten, and recovery slows, eyes are turning to D.C. as negotiations of the details and amounts in the Phase 4 relief bill were resurrected with administration and Congressional leaders pushing to get something done.

ISM manufacturing dipped from last month, but stayed well into expansionary territory in November, at 57.5, Markit’s manufacturing survey stayed flat at 56.7.

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.