MissionSquare Investments Blog

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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: A Market Reality Check?

Heightened volatility returned to the major indexes in recent days, sending them sharply lower as many of the high-flying tech companies that had fueled the market’s advance over the summer sold off, only to stage a partial rebound on Wednesday.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Jobs, Executive Orders, and the Markets

The latest report on the employment front brought a dose of positive news about the economy’s ability to claw its way out of the hole caused by the COVID-19-inspired shutdowns. But while the job increases are certainly positive, the markets continue to keep their eyes trained on federal stimulus efforts.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: COVID-19 — Are We Ready for Some Football?

As we round out July, football season is just around the corner. Training camps are starting to gear up, both for professional and college players. But this year is unlike any other.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: COVID-19 — Taking the Nation’s Economic Pulse

The latest news on the economic front has shown some encouraging signs that the country’s businesses have started to rebound from the widespread shutdowns this spring. However, areas of concern remain, particularly in light of the COVID-19 virus’ recent spike in some parts of the country.

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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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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: COVID-19 in the Rearview Mirror?

After carving out what is hopefully a bottom in late March, the markets notched a hefty rebound in the months that followed. The combination of policy support and economic optimism overwhelmed fears of COVID-19 and the worldwide chaos it brought, leading to hopes that the worst effects would be visible only in the rearview mirror. However, over the past week, evidence of the spread of COVID-19 in both the U.S. and overseas resurfaced with a vengeance.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: Do the Markets Remember There’s an Upcoming Election?

After weeks of pricing in bleak, worst-case scenarios in late February and much of March, the market now seems to see few if any clouds on the horizon. The major stock indexes are flirting with their old highs and counting on the Fed’s ability to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels and to intervene in any areas of the financial markets that might run into trouble.

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The Vantagepoint Market Perspective: The Jobs Report, the Market, and the Real Economy

After months of seemingly non-stop negative headlines, Friday’s jobs report brought a much-needed dose of good news. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ widely watched monthly payroll report showed the economy added an impressive 2.5 million jobs in May after shedding -20.7 million jobs in April.

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