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Where Have the Shale Drillers Gone?

Earlier this week energy consumers witnessed a war of wills between energy consuming nations, led by the U.S., and the energy producers of OPEC+.  The oil consumer group, in response to rising oil prices (+60% since the start of 2021) and a lack of additional supply from OPEC+, recently announced a plan to release a portion of their strategic petroleum reserves.  OPEC+, in turn, stated they would meet such release with a cut in production.  All of this be

October 2021 - Market Flash

After a disappointing September, U.S. stocks soared to new highs in October, advancing by just over 7%. Returns were largely driven by positive earnings news for Q3, where more than 80% of companies have thus far reported a positive earnings surprise. This figure comes in well above the long-term average of closer to 65%. Fixed income markets ended the month slightly negative, as the curve flattened, with rates at the shorter end of the curve increasing, while the yield on the 30-year bond declined.

September 2021 - Market Flash

The so-called “September Effect” held true in 2021, with nearly all major asset classes ending the month in negative territory. Broad-basket commodities were the lone asset to produce positive returns, +4.98%, with cash investments remaining flat. While there are many theories to why September tends to be a poor month for markets (traders returning from vacation and tax loss harvesting, retail investors freeing up funds to pay schooling costs, etc.), the rationale for this year’s selloff was a bit clearer cut.