- We summarize a few key events from March and their potential impact on growth and inflation
- My portfolio: No changes, but a positive month
- Monthly Update for March 2021 with new set of charts
- Book tip: Adaptive Asset Allocation by Adam Butler, Michael Philbrick and Rodrigo Gordillo (link at the bottom of the post)
- In case you missed it: I've launched a shop for tools and resources (both paid and free) for easy portfolio management, all within the Google Spreadsheets framework
- In case you missed it no. 2: Check up my last post with a review of three great books to read for learning more about risk parity investing
Now that we have put the month of March behind us, it marks the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic and societal restrictions. Hardly, this is something to celebrate, as it has been one of the worst 12-month periods for a very long time, and all we want now is for the madness to end and for us to be able to go back to normality.
We have reached a few months into the vaccination process and hopefully the worst parts of the pandemic should be behinds us. But, it seems like we are not yet over crazy events to surprise us in the markets. Two such impactful evens in March alone were the blockage of the Suez Canal and the blow-up of Archegos Capital Management, both of which were significant events to occur in March. We will look more closely into these events in this article and their potential impact on the economy in the near term.
My point is, that while stock markets are regularly posting ATH marks, there is quite a lot of uncertainty left in the economy, that can be a surprise on the downside for equities. The $1.9tn American stimulus package may help to keep up stock valuations for a little bit longer, but voices are raised that we are witnessing the final exuberant stages of a bubble.
Before we dive into a dissection of three most impactful events of March 2021, I received fantastic feedback on my last post with book recommendations for reading material on risk parity investing, which was published a few weeks ago. I was recommended the book Adaptive Asset Allcation, written by the team behind ReSolve Asset Management, and while I am only half-way through it yet, I think this is a recommendation worth sharing to a broader audience. Check out the description and the bottom of this article for more details of what to expect.
But let us now head straight to a catch-up of what exciting events March 2021 had to offer us.