2023 Third Quarter Review of the Markets

October 19, 2023
Market Commentary The third quarter of 2023 was bumpy for most asset classes. U.S. stocks were among the worst performers, with the S&P 500 falling 3.3% and smaller capitalization stocks generally down more. On a year-to-date basis, however, large cap U.S. stocks remain among the best performing asset classes, with the S&P 500 up 13%. International stocks held up better in their local currencies, although...
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2023 Second Quarter Review of the Markets

July 25, 2023
Market Commentary U.S. stocks continued higher during the second quarter as large capitalization growth names, specifically those involved with artificial intelligence, soared. The S&P 500 returned 8.7%. Smaller company stocks increased 5.2% as that segment of the market shrugged off many of the banking-related concerns from the first quarter of this year. International stocks turned in more modest returns for the quarter, increasing 3.4%. Emerging...
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2023 First Quarter Review of the Markets

April 20, 2023
On Banks A key development during the first quarter was the failure of several large U.S. banks, including Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank, and the subsequent scrutiny on the U.S. banking system. In addition to the bank failures in the U.S., UBS agreed to purchase Credit Suisse, furthering concerns over the banking system. Ultimately, the U.S. saw the second and third largest bank...
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Fourth Quarter 2022 Review of the Markets

January 24, 2023
  Index 4th Qtr Return YTD Return S&P 500 7.56% -18.11% MSCI ACWI Ex USA IMI 14.15% -16.58% Bloomberg Bond Index 1.87% -13.01% Consumer Price Index 0.46% 6.42% Market Commentary While 2022 lacked some of the drama that pervaded 2020, results were significantly worse across nearly every asset class over the course of the full calendar year. The final quarter of 2022 started off poorly...
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2022 Third Quarter Review of the Markets

Investment Commentary The third quarter was another difficult one for both stocks and bonds. The S&P 500 declined 4.9%. International stocks fell as the value of the U.S. dollar rose over the quarter. Foreign stocks, as defined by MSCI ACWI ex USA IMI, declined 9.7%, inclusive of emerging markets, which declined 11.6%. The majority of the losses in foreign stocks for U.S.-based investors throughout the...
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2022 Second Quarter Review of the Markets

Market Commentary The second quarter of 2022 held more challenges for nearly every asset class amid high inflation and historically low consumer sentiment. U.S. stocks finished the quarter down 16.1% with smaller companies underperforming larger ones. International stocks held up better, however they still declined 14.3%. Emerging market stocks underperformed their developed market counterparts. Inflation continues to run significantly above long-run averages. The May Consumer...
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2022 First Quarter Review of the Markets

May 2, 2022
Market Commentary The first quarter of 2022 started out on rocky footing for financial markets. After declines in both global stocks and bonds for the month of January, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February exacerbated market concerns and led to further declines in equity prices for much of the rest of the quarter, before a 10%+ rebound during the second half of March. When all...
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2021 Fourth Quarter Review of the Markets

February 2, 2022
Market Commentary While many investors were excited to put 2020 behind them, 2021 certainly presented its own set of challenges. Despite these challenges, 2021 produced strong results in most equity markets. The S&P 500 returned 28.7% for calendar year 2021 after posting gains of 11% during the fourth quarter. The stocks of smaller companies generally did not fare as well, but were positive by 2.1%....
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2021 Third Quarter Review of the Markets

December 3, 2021
Large company stocks in the U.S. were barely positive for the third quarter, with the S&P 500 increasing 0.6%. Smaller stocks trailed their larger counterparts as the Russell 2000 declined 4.4% over that time. Non-U.S. stocks declined 2.6%. Emerging markets lagged substantially, declining 8.1% during the quarter. As with other indices, much of the drop in emerging markets was concentrated in September, which, among other things, saw concerns over a default by Chinese real estate developer Evergrande. Evergrande is among the largest Chinese real estate developers.
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2021 Second Quarter Review of the Markets

September 10, 2021
The S&P 500 returned 8.6% for the quarter. Smaller stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000, returned 4.3%, although they remain ahead of the S&P 500 for the year. International stocks lagged their U.S. counterparts, but were still up over 5% during the quarter. All in all, the first half of 2021 would have made for a great full year in the equity markets. The bond market had positive performance for the quarter, though it is still down for the year after a poor first quarter.
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