MFA Quarterly Commentaries

2021 Q2: Should You Invest in Bitcoin?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 in MFA Quarterly Commentaries

You’ve likely been aware of how much hype there is surrounding Bitcoin these days. You may be hearing stories about a neighbor’s friend making a fortune trading the cryptocurrency. And that might leave you wondering if you are missing the boat. Should you jump into Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies?

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2021 Q1: The Rearview Mirror

Posted by on Apr 7, 2021 in MFA Quarterly Commentaries

Global stock markets continued their run of healthy returns to deliver a solid first quarter of 2021 with the U.S stock market up 6.4%, developed international markets up 4% and global real estate up 6.2%.

Notably, smaller value stocks, the kind we emphasize in our portfolio construction, have had an amazing resurgence, gaining 21% in the first quarter and whopping 97% over the last 12 months!

What is also remarkable is to look beyond the quarter to the last full 12 months through 3/31/2021 – stock market returns were extraordinary (See below).

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2020 Q4: The 2020 Masterclass

Posted by on Jan 15, 2021 in MFA Quarterly Commentaries

If last January you were shown a crystal ball illustrating the global health pandemic and political turmoil that would unfold in 2020, you might just have thought it better to sit this one out of the markets.

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2020 Q3: Should we adjust investment strategy for the upcoming election?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2020 in MFA Insights

It’s natural to question how the upcoming presidential election is likely to impact the economy and financial markets and to wonder how best to position your portfolio for the different potential outcomes.Fortunately, much research on this question offers us the answer: Just stay the course – there is no reliably predictable winner or loser from the changing political landscape. And all landscapes have rewarded investors over time.More specifically, election years have, on average, delivered positive returns in line with non-election years. The average return of the S&P 500 index during...

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2020 Q2: Phew…!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in MFA Insights

Our last quarterly letter started with: “This will certainly be a quarter to remember.” Well, once again…”This will certainly be a quarter to remember!” This time, it’s good news…U.S. stocks just closed out their best quarter since 1998. After having been down as much as 34% for the year in March, the S&P 500 index now stands at about breakeven for the year. U.S., international, emerging market, global real estate stocks and bonds were all up in the second quarter. That’s one heck of a roller coaster ride. And it’s also a welcome relief and reward for disciplined investors....

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2020 Q1: Zooming Out

Posted by on Apr 5, 2020 in MFA Insights

This will certainly be a quarter to remember. With the global spread of Covid-19, we witnessed the fastest onset of a bear market ever. Performance figures for this quarter reflect that. We are not making too much of them and encourage you not to either. Fortunately, we’ve also experienced a fast and large rebound since the end of the quarter and yourcurrent numbers (which you can find on your private client portal) look better than those in yourquarterly report. While the word “Zoom” is now ubiquitous thanks to the rise of that now-popular videoconferencing service, we are writing about a...

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