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Thursday, January 10, 2019

» Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

This marks the worst quarter for U.S. equities since 2011 and the first down year since the credit crisis sell-off of 2008. The Index had been down by double digits for the year in late December before gaining nearly 7% during the final few trading days. Concerns of an economic slowdown weighed on stock prices, as did fears that additional rate increases by the Federal Reserve could weaken future prospects for economic growth.

Friday, October 12, 2018

» Market Insights: We Have Been Expecting Volatility—This is How We Have Been Preparing for It
Market Commentary, White Papers

In response to recent volatility in global securities markets, we are writing to provide you with our perspective and keep you apprised of our outlook and current positioning in this environment. Although this type of market volatility feels unusual and concerning, it’s important to remind investors that we’ve been here before—as recent as February of this year, and as often as 7 of the past 10 years (2016, 2015, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008). 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

» Third Quarter 2018 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

The third quarter began with very strong corporate earnings reports and the vast majority of public companies beating consensus earnings estimates. Operating earnings on S&P 500 companies were up 8% during the first quarter of 2018 and showed 6% growth during the second quarter. Economic data continues to be strong, including the largest increase in real GDP in four years at 4.2%.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

» August 2018 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

Domestic equity markets were positive in August as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM and the S&P 500 Index returned 3.51% and 3.26%, respectively. Market volatility increased slightly as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ended the month at 12.86, an increase from its July close of 12.83.


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