Insights: The Markets, Economic and Mobility Data, and Fiscal Stimulus

Market Update The markets finished the week largely unchanged, in a week that had generally positive Q2 earnings reports and an agreement on a fiscal stimulus package in the E.U. The MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), closed the week down 0.1%, while the MSCI ACWI Ex-USA (international stocks) | Read More +

Insights Week Ending July 18

Market Update The key drivers of this week’s market movements were positive updates on COVID-19 treatments and vaccine candidates, as well as continued optimism surrounding a fifth stimulus package. The MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), closed the week up 1.1%, while the MSCI ACWI Ex-USA (international stocks) | Read More +

Insights: The Markets, COVID-19, and Additional Federal Stimulus

Market Update Core U.S. bonds on the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index closed the week slightly higher, up 0.2%. Equity markets also drifted higher, with the MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), finishing up 2.0%, and the S&P 500 finishing up 1.8%. International stocks had a similar showing, as the | Read More +

Insights: The Markets, COVID-19, Federal Stimulus, and What It All Means for Investors

Market Update Equity markets marched higher this week, with the MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), finishing up 3.5%.  The S&P 500 finished up 4.0%, while the U.S. small cap Russell 2000 closed the week up 3.7%. International stocks had a strong week as well, as the MSCI | Read More +

Insights: The Markets, Global Economic Developments, and COVID-19

Market Returns Global equity markets made a strong start this week, continuing a broad-based rally on Monday and Tuesday. The primary drivers were the ongoing reopenings across the country as well as positive movement among economic indicators, including global PMIs, housing data, and retail sales Despite the positive data, markets declined following reports of increased | Read More +

End-of-Week Market Update for June 6

Investor optimism continued this week, and financial markets maintained an upward trajectory.  The S&P 500 finished the week up 4.9%, the technology-focused Nasdaq rose 3.4%, the small cap Russell 2000 advanced 8.0%, and international stocks, as represented by the MSCI ACWI Ex-USA, rose 7.2%. Investment-grade bonds, as measured by the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, | Read More +

An Update on the Markets for Week Ending 5.30.2020

Financial markets continued their upward trajectory this week. The S&P 500 finished the week up 3.6%, the technology-focused Nasdaq rose 1.3%, the small cap Russell 2000 advanced 4.1%, and international stocks, as represented by the MSCI ACWI Ex-USA, rose 4.5%. Investment-grade bonds, as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Index, finished the week up 0.2%. Continued | Read More +

End-Of-Week Update on the Markets and COVID-19 for May 23

Market Update Overall, the financial markets had a positive week. The S&P 500 finished the week higher by 3.2%, the technology-focused Nasdaq advanced 3.4%, and the small-cap Russell 2000 rose 7.6%. International stocks, as represented by the MSCI ACWI Ex-USA and MSCI Emerging Market Indices, fell by 2.6% and 1.1%, respectively. Investment-grade bonds, as measured | Read More +