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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

» First Quarter 2018 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was down -0.76% for the first quarter of 2018. This marks only the second negative quarter in nearly six years. Market volatility returned after a tranquil 2017. While the market never experienced a daily loss of 2% or more last year, there were five such down days during the first quarter of 2018, including a 4% loss in early February. Ironically, it was mostly good news on the economic front that caused much of the volatility. Strong jobs reports and wage growth had investors rethinking their inflation expectations and led to concerns that the Federal Reserve might accelerate increases in its short-term rate.

Monday, March 12, 2018

» February 2018 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets were negative in February, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM and the S&P 500 Index both fell -3.69%. Market volatility picked up significantly in February, as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ended the month at 19.85, an increase from its January close of 13.54.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

» January 2018 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets continued to be positive in January, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 5.25% and the S&P 500 Index advanced 5.73%. Market volatility picked up significantly in January, as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ended the month at 13.54, an increase from its December close of 11.04.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

» Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was up 6.39% for the fourth quarter of 2017. This marks the ninth consecutive year of positive gains for the broad U.S. equity market. Several factors contributed to this success, including a rebound in global economic growth and continued strength domestically. Investors also responded positively to the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 30 years. What also made the past year particularly impressive was the relative lack of volatility. The largest drawdown for the year was -2.75%, and there were only four trading days where the market was down 1% or more, making 2017 one of the least volatile years in nearly four decades.

Friday, December 15, 2017

» November 2017 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

Domestic equity markets were positive in November, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 3.04% and the S&P 500 Index returned 3.07%. Market volatility, measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), ended the month at 11.43, an increase from its October close of 10.18.

Friday, November 10, 2017

» October 2017 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

Domestic equity markets were positive in October, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 2.15% and the S&P 500 Index returned 2.33%. Large cap stocks continued to outperform their small cap counterparts this month, with the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM and the Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM returning 2.31% and 0.76%, respectively.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

» Third Quarter 2017 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was up 4.59% for the third quarter of 2017. The market has been posting strong gains since the third quarter of 2015, up 17.10% annualized for the past two years. Equity investors are in part responding to strong earnings reports, with reported earnings up in the double digits for each quarter of the first half of 2017. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

» August 2017 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets

  • Domestic equity markets were positive in August, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 0.24% and the S&P 500 Index returned 0.31%.
  • Market volatility, measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), ended the month at 10.59, an increase from its July close of 10.26
  • Performance across GICS sectors was mixed for the month, with the Information Technology and Utilities sectors leading the group, gaining 3.28% and 3.08%, respectively. On the other hand, the Energy sector was the worst performing sector in August, returning -5.27%.
  • Large cap stocks continued to outperform their small cap counterparts this month, with the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM and the Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM returning 0.41% and -1.39%, respectively.
  • U.S. manufacturing activity, as measured by the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 58.8% in August, the 12th straight month of growth (over 50%) in the manufacturing sector. This is the highest reading since April 2011.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

» July 2017 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets

  • Domestic equity markets were positive in July, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 1.88% and the S&P 500 Index returned 2.06%.
  • Market volatility, measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), ended the month at 10.26, a decrease from its June close of 11.18.
  • Performance across GICS sectors was positive for the month, with the Telecommunications Services and Information Technology sectors leading the group, returning 5.87% and 4.09%, respectively. On the other hand, the Industrials sector was the worst performing sector in July, returning 0.22%.
  • Large cap stocks continued to outperform their small cap counterparts this month, with the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM and the Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM returning 1.98% and 1.08%, respectively.
  • U.S. manufacturing activity, as measured by the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 56.3% in July, down from the June reading of 57.8%. June’s was the highest since August 2014. Generally, a reading above 50% indicates expansion.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

» Second Quarter 2017 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

Real GDP growth slowed to 1.4% annualized during the first quarter of 2017. This was not much lower than the 1.6% pace set in 2016. Both consumer and business spending contributed to growth. In an encouraging sign, nonresidential fixed investment was up a little more than 10%, thanks in part to increased spending on gas and oil well drilling. A shrinking trade deficit contributed to growth as well, with a contraction in government spending representing the only detractor.

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