In an abrupt shift from the previous quarter, the S&P 500 increased 20.5%, its eighth best quarter since 1928. Fiscal and monetary policy in the U.S. and globally, in conjunction with measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, provided a backstop to the decline in markets and sent risky assets higher. International stocks also did well. The MSCI ACWI ex USA IMI returned 17%, with emerging market stocks slightly outperforming developed market stocks.
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