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Ring in the Annual Earnings Reports

By: Montana Timpson With the dawn of 2021 upon us, stakeholders and the public alike prepare for a wave of last year’s highly anticipated annual earnings reports. Though there are many exceptions, a large majority of U.S. companies define their fiscal year-end simultaneously with the calendar year-end, and, as SEC guidelines require, we expect to.. Read more

Did 2020 Raise Your Annualized Rate of Return?

By: Montana Timpson As the 2020 fiscal year draws to a close, annual rates of return hit professional traders’ radars as they seek to distinguish years’ top performers. For investors with diverse portfolios, calculating rates of return can help compare the relative performance of multiple investments, making clear which assets won big in 2020. Calculating.. Read more

Dr. Mark Schug: Looking Into 2021

By: Montana Timpson Economist Mark Schug, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, joined Lightspeed last month to present a live webinar recapping 2020’s unprecedented fiscal year and its economic implications for 2021. Detailed insights included market predictions regarding ongoing impacts of COVID-19, general economic uncertainty and the recent growth in the GDP. GDP.. Read more

The Cybersecurity Trade Is Soaring

By: Spencer Israel As more details about the hack of IT company SolarWinds continue to emerge by the day, it’s becoming clearer that the full scope of the attack, purported to be by Russia, may not be known for some time, if at all. Microsoft disclosed it was victimized, as has FireEye, Cisco, Equifax, and.. Read more

Index Rebalancing Can Be “Sell The News” Events

By: Spencer Israel The past few days have been unusually eventful for index arbitrage traders.  On Monday, Tesla finally joined the S&P 500, marking the largest addition in the history of the index. Less noteworthy, though still notable, was the rebalancing of the Nasdaq 100, which also occurred on Monday. Both events triggered massive buying.. Read more

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