Market Commentary

3rd Quarter 2018

U.S. equity markets continued to markedly outperform foreign markets as financial conditions eased in the U.S., despite more tightening from the Federal Reserve. Advanced economies outside the U.S. recognized tightening financial conditions as did emerging markets, most notably.

2nd Quarter 2018

Some variance in economic indications between the U.S. and the rest of the world was a key factor in driving global equity markets in the second quarter. GDP expectations for the U.S. (positive) versus developed foreign economies (negative), and emerging markets (flat), seem to now be trending in different directions.

1st Quarter 2018

Navigating-the Changing Market Environment Equity markets endured a long-overdue stumble in Q1. After recording its 15th-straight month of gains in January, a record, the S&P 500 Index closed sharply lower in February (-3.69%) and March (-2.54%). The Index finished the quarter down 0.76%.

4th Quarter 2017

The close of 2017 brought an end to an unprecedented year in financial markets, on many fronts. New equity market highs were met with record volatility lows to cement an equity momentum pattern rarely witnessed. In 2017’s wake was a series of equity performance records and scarce occurrences.

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