3rd Quarter 2021

Markets Encountered a Slight Detour Not a Derailment.

I hope you and your family members are safe and healthy. I soon look forward to finally meeting many of you in person as some of us are beginning to travel again. As we end this quarter we begin my favorite time of the year. When the cooler temperatures of fall start rolling in, saying goodbye to the summer heat is not hard to do. The holiday season encourages you to spend time thinking about what you and your family have been through in the last year as well as the memories you’ve made together while looking forward to a new and exciting year.

A flat quarter for Stocks and Bonds. The third quarter of 2021 began with optimism around strong corporate earnings, positive economic momentum, and consumers with cash to spend and places to go. Negative headlines received scant attention. More economically sensitive ‘value’ stocks seemed to be taking the reins from less cyclical ‘growth’ stocks as confidence increased that COVID-19 had loosened its grip on our daily lives. Some Wall Street strategists grew cautious and lowered growth forecasts, and some companies lowered future earnings guidance owing to higher costs associated with supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. Despite these short-term issues, we believe the recovery from the pandemic remains on track, acknowledging the road ahead could be bumpy as headline headwinds persist. Some of the equity volatility also due to rising rates and inflation numbers continues to suggest a Fed taper beginning later this year. But our advice for long-term equity investors remains the same: view a correction as an opportunity to add, particularly in cyclical stocks, many of which already have corrected by 10% to 20%. We believe these stocks will lead the market higher into the new year.

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Elliot Weissmark, CFP®, CPFA
Senior Vice President, Investments

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