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: COVID Developments, the U.S. Presidential Election, and Fiscal Stimulus

Global equity markets moved higher across the board in November as clarity emerged around the U.S. presidential election results, and three companies shared positive data from COVID vaccine trials. During the month of November, the MSCI ACWI Index, which represents global equities (i.e., both U.S. and international stocks), has risen 11.8%, while the MSCI ACWI | 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 Market Update for 5.16.2020

Market Update  The financial markets were mostly down this week, following six mostly positive weeks since the beginning of April.  While Investment-grade bonds, as measured by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, finished the week up 0.5%, the S&P 500 finished the week down 2.3%, the technology-focused Nasdaq declined 1.2%, and the small-cap Russell 2000 | Read More +

End-of-Week Update on the Markets and COVID-19 for 5.8.2020

This week was positive overall for financial markets. The S&P 500 finished the week up 3.5%, the technology-focused Nasdaq rose 6.0%, the small cap Russell 2000 advanced 5.5%, and international stocks, as represented by the MSCI ACWI Ex-USA, rose 3.0%. Investment-grade bonds, as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Index, finished the week down 0.4%.   | Read More +

End-of-Week Update on the Markets and COVID-19 for 5.1.2020

Market update This week was relatively busy in terms of incremental developments associated with COVID-19.  The financial markets were choppy, but ended the week essentially flat.  The S&P 500 finished the week down 0.21%, while the technology-focused Nasdaq fell 0.34%.  The small cap Russell 2000 rose 2.23% and international stocks, as represented by the MSCI | Read More +

An Update On The Markets and COVID-19: Reopening The Economy

Market Update Equity markets have trended down so far this week largely for two reasons: (1) extended negotiations in Congress to expand relief for small businesses and (2) lower oil prices (discussed in the next section). The S&P 500 has fallen 4.7%, Nasdaq is down 4.4%, and the small cap Russell 2000 down 3.2%. International | Read More +