Insights: Observations as Data Cools and Markets Rise

Markets regained momentum in May after retreating toward the end of April and welcomed softer inflation data, a strong jobs report, and healthy consumer-driven economic growth. The CPI report in mid-May showed lower inflation than anticipated, supporting expectations for the likelihood of lower future interest rates. Since consumer spending accounts for nearly 70% of U.S. | Read More +

Insights: Market Observations as the Fed Remains on Pause

The cautious optimism we brought into April after the first quarter’s market momentum was tempered during the month because of challenges in both equity and fixed-income markets. Despite a positive start to the earnings season, equity markets retreated throughout the month, driven by the prospects of “higher-for-longer” interest rates and concerns regarding the persistence of | Read More +

Insights: Market Observations at the End of the First Quarter

As we reflect on the markets’ performance in March, we also mark the end of the first quarter of 2024. It has been a good start to the year. Equity markets maintained their positive momentum, steadily climbing upward, while fixed-income markets posted healthy returns in March despite a fluctuating interest rate environment during the first | Read More +

Insights: U.S. Stocks Reach All-Time Highs Despite a Reset of Rate Expectations

February, with its extra day for the leap year, saw equity markets vault ahead. Earnings season was in full swing throughout the month, with more than 97% of U.S. companies reporting quarterly results. In aggregate, these companies exhibited healthy profit margin growth and pricing power, buoyed by robust U.S. economic activity. Despite a shared vigorous | Read More +

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 +