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July 2021 Market Update

July 15, 2021
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By Brian Johnson, Viridian Chief Investment Officer Summary: Almost all markets did well in Q2. The S&P 500 has now risen 100% from its pandemic low. Stocks once again posted strong gains over the most recent quarter ended June 30, 2021. The S&P 500 rose 8.55% for the quarter, reaching a 15.25% gain year-to-date (YTD).…

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April 2021 Market Update

April 20, 2021

By Brian Johnson, Viridian Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder Summary: The first quarter of 2021 saw a continuation of many trends that began in the closing months of 2020. Equity markets moved higher, and value stocks continued to outperform growth stocks. Bond markets continued to struggle relative to stocks, as short-duration bonds offer little yield…

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March 2021 Market Update

March 1, 2021

We’ve had many questions from clients about recent market volatility. Over the years, we’ve occasionally used the term “frothy” to describe market behavior. Certain stock sectors are definitely starting to feel frothy, with growth stocks in particular reaching unusually high valuations, e.g., Price/Earnings (PE) and Price/Revenue ratios. Another recent concern is the potential for an…

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December 2020 Market Update

December 15, 2020

Well another year is almost in the books. 2020 may end up being a year many will want to forget, but it was certainly extraordinary. The investment markets had, by some measures, the most wild ride in history. COVID-19 fears caused a major “waterfall” decline in almost every major investment index in February, and by…

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June 2020 Market Commentary

June 1, 2020

By Brian Johnson, Viridian Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder June 1st, 2020 Summary:  Markets appear to be decoupled from the economic realities that we face. The bear market in the Dow from February 12th to March 23rd, 2020 was swift and sharp, but appears to be over for the time being. The month of May…

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Replay of our Live Update

April 8, 2020
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Please click here to access a replay of our live update from April 8th, 2020

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Replay of our Coffee Chat

April 3, 2020
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Replay of our Market Update

March 19, 2020
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If you missed our Live market update and Q&A you can watch the replay by clicking here.

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Market Update – Covid-19 Coronavirus Scare

February 28, 2020
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By Brian Johnson, Viridian Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder February 28, 2020 Summary:  Due to fears related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, stock markets have experienced a rapid sell-off in the last six days that is nearly unprecedented. Though we don’t want to downplay the seriousness of a potential pandemic, history demonstrates that declines caused by…

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Fourth Quarter Market Commentary

February 19, 2020
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Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Commentary By Brian Johnson, Viridian Chief Investment Officer and Shareholder January 26, 2019 Summary:  The fourth quarter of 2019 saw most stock markets move meaningfully higher, while bonds took a breather after earlier advances. The fourth quarter of 2019 was overwhelmingly positive for major equity (stock) indices. Domestically, the S&P 500…

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