Insights: COVID-19 Uncertainties Rattle Investors and Fuel Psychological and Market Volatility

To download a printable version, click here. Overview In February, major stock indices dropped sharply, and core bond indices rose largely due to heightened worries about the global economic implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19; however, the U.S. presidential primaries also played a part. Equity markets seemed to respond more skittishly to wins by Senator Sanders | Read More +

Insights: Coronavirus Worries Stocks in January, But Lasting Economic Effects Likely Limited

For a printable version, click here. Overview In January, most major stock indices retreated given worries about the global economic implications of the coronavirus. The monthly return for the S&P 500 was largely unchanged at -0.04%, the Russell 2000 (U.S. small-company stocks) fell 3.21%, and the MSCI ACWI ex-USA (non-U.S. stocks) lost 2.69%. In contrast, | Read More +

Insights: Global Stocks and Bonds Extend Gains in October

For a printable copy, click here. Overview In October, most major asset classes rose in response to central bank activity and anticipations of a leveling off of geopolitical risks, including U.S./China trade tensions. The monthly return for the S&P 500 was 2.17%, and non-U.S. stocks in the MSCI ACWI ex-USA gained 3.49%. The U.S. Aggregate | Read More +

Insights: U.S. Stocks Rebound in September on Hopes of Boost from Monetary and Trade Policy

For a printable version, click here. Overview In September, U.S. and foreign stocks climbed, domestic core bonds declined, and emerging market bond performance was mixed. These asset class returns reflect a prevailing hope that central bank policy would help to stabilize global growth and that there might be an improvement in global trade relations when | Read More +

Insights: Bonds Gain While Stocks Slide in August as Trade War Flares

For a printable version, click here. Overview In August U.S. bonds climbed while domestic and foreign stocks declined, primarily in response to an escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China and the potential implications it has for slowing global economic growth. The monthly return for the S&P 500 was down 1.58%, and | Read More +

Insights: S&P 500 Notches New All-Time High Amid Patient Fed and Strong Economic Growth

To print, click here. Overview In April, domestic and foreign stocks and bonds climbed yet again. The monthly return for the S&P 500, for instance, was a sharply higher 4.05%, and non-U.S. stocks in the MSCI ACWI ex-USA gained 2.64%.  U.S. bond prices were largely flat on modest yield movement so that, for instance, the | Read More +