Market Commentary & Analysis

Quarterly Market Overview

It was a rocky start to the year, with stocks falling into correction territory midway through the quarter before recouping losses.

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Spring is here! The sun is shining, birds are singing, and markets have staged an epic rally off mid-February lows.

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Stocks lost a smidgen of ground in February, stabilizing after January's steep declines. Still, the S&P 500 posted its third down month in a row, the first time that has happened since 2011...

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Equity markets took it on the chin in January, with the S&P 500 falling back into correction territory (down more than 10% from November's peak).

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 Investors chose not to focus on November's unsettling geopolitical events, including the terrorist attacks in Paris and the quarrel between Turkey and Russia, as U.S. stocks logged their second month of gains in a row. While travel in some regions may be affected, the incidents are unlikely to undermine global economic growth.

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Stocks posted their best monthly return since 2011, helping move Q3's correction into the rear-view mirror. It appears that stock investors can have their cake and eat it too, as much of these gains can be attributed to comments from global central bankers implying that stimulus tactics will be maintained a while longer. At the same time, worries about global economic headwinds have subsided somewhat thanks to encouraging earnings from several large companies (e.g. Apple and Amazon). The combination of heavy stimulus and slow-yet-steady growth has been idyllic for investors.

Quarterly Market Overview

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In the words of the inimitable Yogi Berra, "It's like déjà vu all over again." Well, perhaps not exactly, though stocks have experienced a late-summer correction just as they did in 2011. While the prior instance was headlined by the European debt crisis, the main culprit this time is Federal Reserve uncertainty in the face of weakness around the world (China in particular). While the causes of these recent corrections may appear dissimilar on the surface, the underlying concern in both cases has revolved around threats to anemic global economic growth—this has been an ongoing theme during this economic cycle.
 

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With markets tumbling due to concerns over China and the impending U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike, August was a wild month for stocks. The S&P 500 posted its worst monthly loss in more than three years, falling into correction territory (a 10% decline from recent highs) for the first time since 2011. Commodity prices also sold off—for the first time since 2009, oil traded below $40 per barrel before rebounding to end the month higher at $49.

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