Insights: Bonds and Stocks Generally Rise Again in August

In August, bond prices generally moved higher and stock prices were mixed. The broad Barclays Aggregate U.S. Bond Index rose 0.90% last month largely as a flight to safety amid geopolitical uncertainty from North Korean missile testing. U.S. large company stocks in the S&P 500 Index rose 0.31%, but small company stocks in the Russell | Read More +

Insights: Foreign Stocks Accelerate Ahead in July

Stock prices moved higher in July, especially in developed and emerging markets outside the U.S. The broad, large-company S&P 500 Index rose 2.06%.  The MSCI Emerging Market Index gained nearly three times that, gaining 5.96%.  Core bond prices were modestly higher, and the U.S. 10-Year Treasury note ended the month with a yield largely unchanged | Read More +

Insights: Stocks Extend their Gains in May

Stock markets continued their move higher in May. International and emerging market equities were the strongest performers, but U.S. large cap stocks added to their YTD returns.  Although U.S. political drama continued to escalate, economic data and corporate earnings reflected steady growth.  The Federal Reserve also held rates steady and signaled a continued willingness to | Read More +

Insights: Stock Markets Continued to Gain Ground in April

Stocks continued to perform well in April, with international developed and emerging market equities leading the way yet again.  Investors cheered favorable political outcomes in Europe and improving foreign economic growth.  U.S. stocks also performed well, in part because of optimism over the potential for tax reform. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that | Read More +

Insights: International Stocks Lead the Way in March

Equity markets moved higher in March, and international stocks led the way with strong returns.  Foreign developed and emerging market equities returned more than 2.0% during the month, boosted by positive political developments in the Netherlands and France.  Although the United Kingdom officially triggered the Brexit process during the month, this was widely anticipated, and | Read More +

Insights: Febraury Continues the Year’s Strong Start

February continued and broadened the positive price momentum that characterized January. Economic indicators are broadly solid or improving both here and abroad. Positive movement in asset prices reflects those facts and increased optimism for additional improvement. The Federal Reserve has signaled that it may raise interest rates again as early as later this month, in | Read More +