Insights: Stock Markets Continued to Gain Ground in April

Stocks continued to perform well in April, with international developed and emerging market equities leading the way yet again.  Investors cheered favorable political outcomes in Europe and improving foreign economic growth.  U.S. stocks also performed well, in part because of optimism over the potential for tax reform. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that | Read More +

Our Perspective: Geopolitical Conflict and Market Movement

Although stock markets have moved higher since the U.S. presidential election, the growing number of headlines focused on unrest in places like Syria and North Korea has some investors thinking they should head to the sidelines with their equity exposure.  Nobody enjoys rising volatility, but trying to time the markets’ reaction to geo-political events is | Read More +

Insights: International Stocks Lead the Way in March

Equity markets moved higher in March, and international stocks led the way with strong returns.  Foreign developed and emerging market equities returned more than 2.0% during the month, boosted by positive political developments in the Netherlands and France.  Although the United Kingdom officially triggered the Brexit process during the month, this was widely anticipated, and | Read More +

Insights: Febraury Continues the Year’s Strong Start

February continued and broadened the positive price momentum that characterized January. Economic indicators are broadly solid or improving both here and abroad. Positive movement in asset prices reflects those facts and increased optimism for additional improvement. The Federal Reserve has signaled that it may raise interest rates again as early as later this month, in | Read More +