Our Perspective: On Recent Market Volatility

What has happened? On Monday, the S&P 500 Index declined 2.1%, following a 1.9% slide on Friday, bringing it down 13.0% from its all-time high in late September.  International equity markets have declined as well during the same time period, but to a lesser extent relative to U.S. markets.  International developed and emerging markets have | Read More +

Insights: The Fed Raised Rates in September Ahead of Additional Growth

Click HERE for a printable version of this post. Overview In September, U.S. stocks and bonds posted mix performance, as did foreign stocks and bonds. Economic data in the U.S. remained generally sound. The Trump administration announced on the last day of September that it had completed a trade pact with both Mexico and Canada. | Read More +

Our Perspective: The Wall Street Journal on The Importance of Global Diversification

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by noted columnist Jason Zweig titled “The ‘Dumb’ Money Is Bailing on U.S. Stocks. That’s Smart. ” We want to call your attention to it, because, in our opinion, it deftly demonstrates the importance of global diversification, particularly when an individual market has demonstrated an extended period of out | Read More +

Insights: Global Stocks Gain in July, But Headwinds Remain

Click here for a printable version of this post. Overview In July, U.S. and international stocks rose, and domestic and foreign bonds were variously stable or positive. Economic data in the U.S. continued to be strong. It deteriorated further in Europe, but late in the month the Trump administration reached a conciliatory trade agreement with | Read More +

Insights: Bonds and Stocks Generally Rise Again in August

In August, bond prices generally moved higher and stock prices were mixed. The broad Barclays Aggregate U.S. Bond Index rose 0.90% last month largely as a flight to safety amid geopolitical uncertainty from North Korean missile testing. U.S. large company stocks in the S&P 500 Index rose 0.31%, but small company stocks in the Russell | Read More +