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No Place Like Home

January 21st, 2020|Market Insights|

Stocks delivered remarkably strong performance in 2019. A year that began shrouded in doom and gloom under the overhang of recessionary fears seemed to brighten with each passing month.

Risk Aversion and Investor Sentiment

October 24th, 2019|Market Insights|

Global equity markets are up significantly in 2019 as they continue to rebound from last year's sharp selloff. The S&P 500 index reclaimed new highs on its way to a 19% gain in the first half of 2019, the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose by 17% and the global MSCI All Country index advanced by 14%.

The Valuation Conundrum

July 17th, 2019|Market Insights|

Global equity markets are up significantly in 2019 as they continue to rebound from last year's sharp selloff. The S&P 500 index reclaimed new highs on its way to a 19% gain in the first half of 2019, the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose by 17% and the global MSCI All Country index advanced by 14%.

Inversions, Recessions and Expansions

April 16th, 2019|Market Insights|

Global stock markets have seen a remarkable turnaround so far in 2019 from their lows in December. Two consecutive calendar quarters have rarely been so different in market sentiment or performance. The S&P 500 index plunged by –13.5% in the fourth quarter of 2018 on fears of an impending recession and concerns about a policy mistake by the Fed. Those worries have since dissipated as the index soared by +13.6% in the first quarter of 2019. In early April, equity indices have climbed back to within striking distance of their previous all-time highs.

Growth Scare … Or a Recession?

January 16th, 2019|Market Insights|

As we embark on 2019, investors are still in a daze after a challenging few weeks in the global stock markets. Volatility picked up in early 2018, subsided in the middle of the year and then reached almost unprecedented levels in the fourth quarter. The number of outsized daily and intraday moves in December shot up dramatically and approached all-time highs.