MissionSquare Investments Blog

Insights and news on a wide range of topics from MissionSquare Investments

10/01/21

First Flash – Third Quarter 2021

A summary of the market and economic developments during the third quarter.

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10/01/21

The MissionSquare View – Third Quarter

A summary of MissionSquare Investment Adviser’s latest 12-month outlook for the stock and bond markets.

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07/01/21

First Flash – Second Quarter 2021

A summary of the market and economic developments during the second quarter.

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07/01/21

The Vantagepoint View – Second Quarter

A summary of Vantagepoint Investment Adviser’s latest 12-month outlook for the stock and bond markets.

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05/14/21

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Inflation Awakens from Hibernation

After years of benign readings, inflation reared its head last month. The key question is whether it’s simply a short-term blip or if prices will continue to push higher over the long term.

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04/06/21

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Vaccines, Stimulus, and Reopenings Add Up

Friday's jobs report showed what a powerful combination trillions of dollars of stimulus, improvements in vaccine distribution and administration, and the reopening of the economy can be.

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04/01/21

First Flash – First Quarter 2021

A summary of the market and economic developments during the fourth quarter.

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04/01/21

The Vantagepoint View – First Quarter 2021

A summary of Vantagepoint Investment Adviser’s latest 12-month outlook for the stock and bond markets.

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02/25/21

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Infrastructure and Assumptions — Texas and Beyond

Infrastructure is the sort of thing that most people take for granted. You just flip a switch or turn a knob and expect your house to light up, your furnace or air conditioner to kick into action, and the water to flow from the tap. And most of the time that’s exactly what happens. Until it doesn’t.

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02/09/21

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Stagnation and Stimulus

Friday’s middling employment report was somewhat promising on the surface — until you dig into the details.

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02/03/21

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Chaos and Order

While the GameStop saga has captured headlines during the past week, it’s important to remember that this kind of behavior — an attempted short squeeze — has gone on for years with various hedge funds on either side of the battle. The interesting twist this time is the involvement of a group of individual, retail investors who banded together via social media — primarily on Reddit’s WallStreetBets page — to join the fight.

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01/12/21

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Consequences Known and Unknown

Our firm is based in the nation’s capital. And though it’s been many months since we’ve regularly frequented our office on North Capitol Street, it remains within a few blocks of the United States Capitol building. So, as we, along with the rest of the nation, watched the storming of the House and Senate during the tallying of presidential electoral votes last week, it held particular resonance.

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01/04/21

First Flash – Fourth Quarter 2020

A summary of the market and economic developments during the fourth quarter.

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01/04/21

The Vantagepoint View – Fourth Quarter

A summary of Vantagepoint Investment Adviser’s latest 12-month outlook for the stock and bond markets.

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12/10/20

What May be Ahead For The Market in 2021

Wayne Wicker, Chief Investment Officer, Vantagepoint Investment Advisers, LLC, discusses the what may be ahead for the market in the final weeks of this year and heading into 2021 with TD Ameritrade’s Nicole Petallides.

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12/09/20

The Importance of Long-Term Investing

Wayne Wicker, Chief Investment Officer, Vantagepoint Investment Advisers, LLC, discusses the importance of long-term investing and what may lie ahead in 2021 with Money Life’s Chuck Jaffe.

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12/08/20

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Rounding Out a Rollercoaster Year

Uncertainty has characterized much of 2020 and the year’s final month is no different than the 11 that preceded it. In some ways, December looks to be the strangest month of the year, with the holiday season and promise of a vaccine contending with the worsening pandemic and economic warning signs.

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12/01/20

Making CITs Available 403(b) Plans

ICMA-RC supports the passage of legislation that will level the playing field for participants in a 403(b) plan.

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11/30/20

Vantagepoint PLUS Fund Selected as Stable Value Option

Vantagepoint’s PLUS Fund has been selected as the stable value option for the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois.

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11/18/20

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Hopes for a Smooth Road Back to Normal

In the two short weeks since election night, financial markets have rallied on the belief that the road back to normal will be both smooth and relatively fast. We are heartened by the news driving those gains, but as always, we continue to be on the lookout for bumps that might slow or derail the recovery.

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11/06/20

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Without a Concession, Uncertainties Will Linger

The market’s immediate reaction in the first two days following the election on November 3 was exceedingly positive, with traders pushing the S&P 500 to within shooting distance of its all-time high. But, much like the rest of the year 2020, a number of uncertainties are still looming on the horizon.

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10/28/20

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: The Road Ahead

With the nation’s eyes so firmly locked on the November 3, 2020 election, we’ve cast our gaze differently and have been considering what happens in the days and weeks that follow that crucial vote — no matter the electoral outcome.

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10/08/20

The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Never a Dull Moment

Heading into the November election, with COVID-19 still in circulation, each day seems to bring a new batch of eye-catching (and often market-moving) headlines. Some are cause for hope, others are cause for concern.

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10/01/20

First Flash – Third Quarter 2020

A summary of the market and economic developments during the third quarter.

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10/01/20

The Vantagepoint View – Third Quarter

A summary of Vantagepoint Investment Adviser’s latest 12-month outlook for the stock and bond markets.

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