Insights: Revisiting 2021 Themes and Second Half Outlook

The equity markets performed well in June, supported by continued positive developments throughout the global economy. Equities have performed exceptionally well through the first half of the year, while bonds have been mixed. The MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), advanced by 12.56% in the first half of | Read More +

Insights: Economic Growth & Inflation, COVID-19, and Portfolio Diversification

The financial markets performed well in May, supported by continued positive developments throughout the global economy. The MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), advanced by 1.56%, the U.S. large-cap Russell 1000 Index rose 0.47%, the U.S. small-cap Russell 2000 Index increased by 0.21%, and the MSCI ACWI Ex-USA | Read More +

Our Perspective: Current Trends In U.S. Inflation

Inflation in the United States is receiving significant attention from the financial media and has some investors worried. In this issue of Our Perspective, we will explain why inflation matters, the trends in the current environment, and what they may mean for investors. Why Does Inflation Matter? Per the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, inflation | Read More +

Insights: U.S. Economy, Inflation, COVID-19, and U.S. Corporate Earnings

The financial markets performed well again in April, supported by continued positive developments around the COVID vaccine rollout and fiscal stimulus.  The MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), advanced by 4.37%, the U.S. large-cap Russell 1000 Index rose 5.38%, the U.S. small-cap Russell 2000 Index increased by 2.10%, | Read More +

Insights: Fiscal Stimulus, COVD-19 Developments, and Corporate Earnings

The financial markets performed well in February, supported by continued fiscal stimulus, positive developments around COVID-19, and solid corporate earnings.  The MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), advanced by 2.3%, the U.S. large-cap Russell 1000 Index rose 2.9%, the U.S. small-cap Russell 2000 Index increased by 6.2%, and | Read More +

Insights: The Markets, COVID Developments, and Corporate Earnings

The new year started on a generally positive note for the markets, supported by low interest rates, positive vaccine developments, and impressive corporate earnings. In January, the MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), declined by 0.5%. The U.S. large-cap Russell 1000 Index fell 0.8% in January, although the | Read More +

Sage 2021 Market Outlook

For a printable version, click here. For bullets, click here. Introduction 2020 was a year that no market strategist could have foreseen. Within financial markets, nearly all major asset classes globally exhibited positive returns despite extreme volatility, an unprecedented health crisis, a historic economic downturn, a hotly contested election, social unrest, and other systemic shocks. | Read More +