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December 2020 – Monthly Commentary

January 12, 2021  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

December 2020 The Halyard Asset Management Reserve Cash Management (RCM) strategy generated 1.23% after fees and expenses for the year.  That compares favorably to the 0.32% total return of the iMoneyNet Money Fund average.  As of January 1, 2021, the RCM strategy has a duration of less than 5 months and a weighted average yield to maturity of approximately 0.37%.  In comparison, the benchmark has a yield-to-maturity of 0.00% due ...

November 2020 – Monthly Commentary

December 18, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

November 2020 It’s a paradox that as we wind down this very difficult year in which the pandemic ravaged so much of our day-to-day lives that the capital markets should close out the year on such a quiet note.  The bond market continues to benefit from the Federal Reserve’s open market buying and we have no expectation that the Fed will reduce their purchases anytime soon.  That’s especially the case ...

October 2020 – Monthly Commentary

November 19, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

October 2020 Since our last monthly update we have seen the Presidential election mostly come and go, have seen the coronavirus cases spike, and have learned of two successful vaccines.  The country is split in terms of satisfaction with the outcome of the election, but investors are looking past the surge in the virus to the potential endgame the vaccines present.  That optimism is reflected in the performance of the ...

September 2020 – Monthly Commentary

October 22, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

September 2020 The bond market was little changed in September as investors grappled with continued virus uncertainty and traders with school-aged children tried to figure out the logistics of educating their young.  The latter issue made for uneven liquidity during the month which may have factored into the performance of the stock market.  For the month, the S&P 500 was down -3.91% breaking the string of consecutive positive months that ...

August 2020 – Monthly Commentary

September 22, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

August 2020 As we close out summer and the final month of the third quarter, the bond market has been relatively stable compared to the bipolar volatility of the stock market.  Earlier this month, stocks suffered an unexpected downdraft after rising steadily from the March low.  Speculation is that a sizeable Asian-based hedge fund had bought call options on a number of the largest tech equities.  To hedge the sale, ...

July 2020 – Monthly Commentary

August 21, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

July 2020 This month, as previously announced, Fidelity will close their Prime money market fund after the fund suffered during the illiquidity of the Corona virus-inspired volatility experienced in March of this year.  We speculated that the decision was a business one made out of the preponderance of risk to reputation had the company been forced to support the fund.  However, we viewed the action as a one-off decision, and ...

June 2020 – Monthly Commentary

July 17, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

June 2020 In the decades that the Halyard team has been managing the Reserve Cash Management (RCM) strategy we’ve explained that the goal of the RCM is to outperform the money market universe while avoiding the downside risk the universe has demonstrated on occasion.  We endeavor to accomplish that through security selection, believing the mistake of so many investment advisors have made has been to focus investment in the highest ...

May 2020 – Monthly Commentary

June 17, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

May 2020 The Reserve Cash Management composite continued to enjoy the benefit of spread tightening in May, generating a total return net of fees of 0.36%.  The characteristics of the composite changed little from the prior month and the average credit rate is A+. The Federal Reserve executed their lender of last resort function brilliantly.  That is until the June 10th post-FOMC press briefing.  Prior to the ...

April 2020 – Monthly Commentary

May 18, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

April 2020 We open this monthly commentary with a discussion of the year-to-date performance of our Reserve Cash Management composite.  We manage the underlying portfolios of that composite in a highly conservative fashion and that’s reflected in the performance.  Through April, the total return has been 0.45%, net of fees.  That compares favorably to PIMCO’s MINT, and Blackrock’s NEAR, which are the largest short maturity fixed income ETF’s in the ...

March 2020 – Monthly Commentary

April 24, 2020  |   Monthly Commentary   |     |   0 Comment

March 2020 Since we penned our last monthly update, the unthinkable has come to pass.  The Coronavirus death toll, which just a month ago seemed an abstract concern, has come to cripple the daily activities of the entire world.  Social distancing, face mask demand, shortages of staples such as paper goods, pasta, and flour have become part of our common consciousness.  Our leaders have begun to talk of restarting the ...