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Congress kicks off discussions this week on new COVID-19 relief legislation. Get the latest views from our investment strategists in this week’s Market Analysis.

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How to invest as the economy moves toward recovery

There’s been tremendous fluctuations in both the global economy and capital markets over the last several months. How should you invest now? Chief Investment Officer Eric Freedman of U.S. Bank Wealth Management discusses a number of factors to consider as U.S. businesses start to reopen and the economy begins to slowly recover.

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7.22.20 | 5:25 p.m. CT

Market update:

The S&P 500 was up 0.57% today to close at 3,276.02. Constructive news on a COVID-19 vaccine continues to support positive investor sentiment. However, economic growth appears to be moderating as reopening pauses in some areas of the United States.

Our take:

We recommend normal strategic allocations across stocks, bonds and real estate. We also emphasize a preference for U.S. over international equities. Technology and Healthcare are among our preferred longer-term sectors. Diversified portfolios should maintain bond exposure near long-term strategic targets with a tilt toward higher-quality credits. Investment-grade corporate and municipal bond yields compared to Treasuries remain elevated and appear attractive.

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Stock market drops as coronavirus cases increase

Stocks fell today on new concerns over COVID-19. Our investment strategists consider the impact on markets.

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Fed shares economic forecast

The Federal Reserve has taken more sweeping actions this year than ever before. As their June meeting concludes this week, our investment strategists break down the first economic forecast from the Fed since the COVID-19 outbreak.

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U.S. Bank Capital Market Update: Has economic recovery begun?

While we remain positive and optimistic about the investment landscape, we encourage clients to stay centered on their financial plan.

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Stocks rally on hopes of economy reopening

Stocks have rallied this week on optimism about the economy reopening and people getting back to work — despite deep unemployment and falling productivity numbers across the U.S. economy due to the impact of COVID-19.

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Paycheck Protection Program update

Congress has authorized additional funding to the Small Business Association for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is part of the CARES Act, is a federal loan program that can help eligible small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

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Financial relief under the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a variety of ways to help your financial position in a period where the economy is dealing with a wide range of unprecedented challenges.

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U.S. Bank in the news

7.17.20 | NY Times | Article
Wall Street ticks up; S&P 500 nets 3rd straight weekly gain
Hope that Congress can agree soon on more aid for the economy helped to support the market, said Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management.

7.13.20 | Bloomberg | Article
The old 60-40 formula for stocks and bonds has run into trouble
“There’s a strong temptation to reach for yield wherever people can find it,” said Bill Merz, head of fixed-income research at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, which oversees $180 billion from Minneapolis.

7.1.20 | Yahoo! Finance | Video
Senior Investment Director on the "disconnect" between economic data and capital markets
William Northey, U.S. Bank Wealth Management's Senior Investment Director, joins The Final Round to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on markets and what this means for the shape of recovery.

U.S. Bank In the News

July 17 | NY Times | Article
Wall Street ticks up; S&P 500 nets 3rd straight weekly gain

Hope that Congress can agree soon on more aid for the economy helped to support the market, said Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management.

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Quarterly Investment Outlook

Third Quarter 2020 Investment outlook

Markets are rebounding, thanks to significant policy support initiated to combat the global recession caused by COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. The coming quarters are critical to evaluate how companies, countries and regions are emerging from these recent challenges. Strong market performance in the second quarter implies investors anticipate some progress, while continued central bank support of low borrowing costs should support ongoing recovery.

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Thoughts from our Chief Investment Officer

“These are difficult times, but throughout this period we have found that clients who are grounded in a financial plan – tailored to their unique circumstances – can withstand market volatility within a constant news cycle.”

- Eric Freedman, Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Bank Wealth Management

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