Sage Insights: Market Observations As Summer Ends

Most major asset classes posted positive returns during the year’s first seven months, and investors enjoyed a respite. This momentum eased, however, in August as higher interest rates prompted concerns about the economy’s health. In this edition of Insights, we take a closer look at recent market performance and discuss the concerns in the market, | Read More +

Sage Insights: A Mid-Summer Look at the Markets, Inflation & Earnings Season

July was a continuation of the markets’ positive trajectory during the first half of the year. Financial markets extended their 2023 ascent last month, supported by inflation easing to the slowest year-over-year rate in more than two years. While the Federal Reserve raised rates to the highest level in 22 years, strong consumer confidence and | Read More +

Sage Insights: March Madness in the Banking Sector

The month of March began with investors anticipating substantial policy actions from the Federal Reserve due to its increased focus on inflation. However, this swiftly changed as U.S. and global regulators stepped in to provide stabilizing intervention at five banks. Looking toward April, while risks remain, we are cautiously optimistic regarding the actions by regulators | Read More +

Sage Insights: Strong U.S. Economic Data and the Geopolitical Climate Stall Market Momentum

January’s market momentum failed to carry over into February as stocks and bonds relinquished some of the year’s gains. While investment returns remain positive overall, uncertainty surrounding the path of Federal Reserve policy and the geopolitical climate weighed on the markets. The economy continues to offer mixed signals in certain segments, and, as we shared | Read More +

Sage Insights: Central Banks Slow Hikes, Corporate America Kicks off Earnings Season, and Long-Term Perspectives on the Debt Ceiling

Financial markets started 2023 on a positive note as stocks and bonds both saw gains in January. It was a welcomed change as many investors hope to put 2022 firmly in the rearview mirror. As shared in our annual outlook, we forecast that 2023 will be a year of more normalized market conditions, albeit against | Read More +

Sage Insights: Markets Bounce as Economic Growth Slows and China Adjusts Its COVID Policy

In November, financial markets recovered some of the ground lost during the previous ten months. This was the second straight month of positive returns for equities, which is encouraging in a year with no shortage of challenges. At the same time, bond returns had their strongest single month of 2022 in November. As we look | Read More +

Sage Insights: Federal Reserve Rate Hikes Persist, Political Volatility in China, and Perspective on the Journey of Investing

October was a very strong, yet volatile, month for the equity markets driven by aggregate positive corporate earnings. Bonds prices declined modestly as interest rates continued to rise. For most investors, this widespread historic selloff has created bumps in their investment journeys, underscoring the value of custom investment plans. The unfortunate reality is that large | Read More +