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Craig Birk, CFP®

How the Markets Reacted to Coronavirus in March

How the Markets Reacted to Coronavirus in March

All of us at Personal Capital hope this finds you safe in this difficult time in history. Stocks Enter Fastest New Bear Market in History While stock declines began in February, March may be remembered as the month when the full destructiveness of COVID-19...
Weekly Market Digest: Coronavirus Continues to Rock the Economy

Weekly Market Digest: Coronavirus Continues to Rock the Economy

The full force of the coronavirus continued to hit the world as the death count more rapidly accelerated in the U.S. and Europe. President Trump said extended social distancing guidelines would be with us through at least April, and ten million Americans...
What Moved the Markets in February?

What Moved the Markets in February?

Stocks Sell Off Sharply on Coronavirus Concerns After hitting record highs, stocks sold off sharply in late February when it became increasingly apparent the coronavirus would spread throughout the world. One implication is that government and personal...
Weekly Market Digest: Coronavirus and Market Correction Update

Weekly Market Digest: Coronavirus and Market Correction Update

Coronavirus fear gripped markets, sending stocks rapidly into correction territory. A more detailed summary of our view is below. In other news, Bernie Sanders strengthened his status as front-runner for the Democratic nomination following an adequate debate...
What Moved the Markets in January?

What Moved the Markets in January?

Every month, Personal Capital Chief Investment Officer Craig Birk recaps major market-moving events. Coronavirus fears began to hit markets late in January, offsetting a respectable start to earnings season and pushing global stocks lower for the month,...
Is Market Timing a Myth?

Is Market Timing a Myth?

This article was updated in February 2020 Market timing is an investment strategy that involves going in and out of the market or switching asset classes based on predictions that attempt to measure how to market will move. The problem with this method is...