U.S. Performance Dashboard – November 2022

By | December 1st, 2022|General, Markets|

  • A rally on the last trading day of November capped off a month of relief for the market in the form of easing inflation and optimism surrounding a potential slowing pace of U.S. rate hikes. The S&P 500® posted its second consecutive month of gains, with a total return of 6%. The S&P MidCap 400® and S&P SmallCap 600® were up 6% and 4%, respectively.
  • All S&P 500 sectors finished higher with Materials in the lead and every reported U.S. equity factor index also rose, led by High Beta.
  • Performance among commodities was mixed, with gains in Industrial and Precious Metals and declines among Livestock, Agriculture, and particularly Energy.
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U.S. Performance Dashboard – October 2022

By | November 1st, 2022|General, Markets|

  • Shrugging off disappointing “Big Tech” earnings and still-elevated inflation, hopes for a slowing pace of U.S. rate hikes helped the S&P 500® to its best month since July, with a total return of 8%.
  • Outside the tech titans, earnings figures have been relatively encouraging and smaller companies have been riding the positive sentiment to double-digit gains. The S&P MidCap 400® and S&P SmallCap 600® were up 11% and 12%, respectively.
  • Every S&P 500 sector finished higher with Energy in the lead and every reported U.S. equity factor index also rose, led by Value and Momentum.
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U.S. Performance Dashboard – August 2022

By | September 1st, 2022|General, Markets|

  • U.S. equities began August continuing in rebound mode but reversed course to end the month in negative territory after a hawkish Fed and recession fears weighed on investors. The S&P 500® posted a loss of 4%, while the S&P MidCap 400® and S&P SmallCap 600® performed similarly with 3% and 4% declines.
  • All factor indices posted losses, with High Beta and Growth in the rear.
  • Most sectors posted losses; Energy and Utilities were the exceptions.

 

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U.S. Performance Dashboard – July 2022

By | August 1st, 2022|General, Markets|

  • After a tumultuous first half of the year, U.S. equities staged a stellar comeback in July, driven by Big Tech outperformance and anticipation of a potential slowing in the pace of future rate hikes by the Fed. The S&P 500® posted a gain of 9%, while the S&P MidCap 400® and S&P SmallCap 600® performed relatively better.
  • All factor indices posted gains, with High Beta and Growth in the lead.
  • All sectors posted gains, with Consumer Discretionary and Info Tech in the lead.

 

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U.S. Performance Dashboard – February 2022

By | March 2nd, 2022|Markets|

  • U.S. equities faced a challenging February, with escalating geopolitical concerns including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine along with uncertainty over the Fed’s rate hike trajectory resulting in the S&P 500® briefly trading in official correction territory.  Smaller-caps outperformed, with the S&P MidCap 400® and S&P SmallCap 600® both up 1%.
  • International performance was also disappointing, with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI down 1% and the S&P Emerging BMI down 3%, as swings in oil prices amid Ukraine-Russia tensions roiled markets.
  • High Beta was the only factor to post a gain, with Growth in the rear.
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U.S. Performance Dashboard – January 2022

By | February 1st, 2022|Markets|

  • Anxiety about impending rate hikes as well as a tapering in asset purchases by the Fed to combat inflation led to the worst monthly performance for U.S. equities since March 2020, with the S&P 500® down 5% in January. Smaller caps performed even worse.
  • International performance was also disappointing, with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI down 5%. The S&P Emerging BMI, down 1%, fared slightly better, aided by strong performance in Latin America, although headwinds included Ukraine-Russia tensions as well as the Fed’s hawkish stance.
  • Given the risk-off sentiment, Dividend and Value strategies led. Growth was the laggard, down 8%.
January 2022 Market Update

Quarterly Market Review – Q4 2021

By | January 10th, 2022|Dimensional Fund Advisors, Markets, Quarterly Market Review|

This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets.

The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic. “All-Time High Anxiety”.

Click HERE  to download a full copy of the report.

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U.S. Performance Dashboard – December 2021

By | January 10th, 2022|General, Markets|

  • Despite the ongoing pandemic, record inflation, and looming rate hikes, U.S. equities had a banner year, with the S&P 500® reaching 70 closing highs on its way to a 29% return. Mega-caps outperformed, with the S&P 500 Top 50 up 31%.
  • International performance was positive, with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI up 11%. Emerging markets managed to eke out a gain, with the S&P Emerging BMI up 1% despite large losses in the S&P China BMI, which makes up almost 40% of the benchmark’s weight.
  • All sectors posted gains in 2021, led by Energy, up a dramatic 55%, a stunning turnaround after its 34% loss in 2020.

 

December 2021 Market Review

U.S. Performance Dashboard – November 2021

By | December 1st, 2021|Markets, Quarterly Market Review|

  • It was not entirely smooth sailing for U.S. equities in November, as concerns about the Omicron strain coupled with less-than-transitory inflation and accelerated tapering by the Fed roiled markets during the last three days of the month. The S&P 500® posted a loss of 1%, outperforming mid and small caps, as the S&P MidCap 400® and S&P SmallCap 600® declined 3% and 2%, respectively. Volatility spiked, as the VIX® closed at 27.19.
  • Growth led among factors, followed by a number of defensive strategies, including Quality, Low Volatility, and Dividend Aristocrats.
  • Among sectors, IT led, followed by Consumer Discretionary, while Financials lagged.

 

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On the Mind of Investors : November 7th, Weekly Recap

By | November 16th, 2021|Markets|

  • U.S job openings fall to 10.4M
  • PPI for final demand +0.6% in Oct.

What to watch in the week ahead: Retail Sales.

Inflation has heated up significantly this year as surging consumer demand collided with supply shortages across major sectors of the economy. CPI inflation has been tracking above 5% year-over-year since the start of the summer, with the latest year-over-year gain in CPI at 5.2% overall and 4.0% excluding food and energy. The year-over-year gains in inflation have been amplified by declines in prices a year ago, but supply chain issues have been a problem. In particular, the global semiconductor shortage has increased the prices of a wide range of goods throughout the economy, and most notably for autos. These higher input costs have sent inflation higher, as well as a general recovery in prices of air fares, restaurants, and rents from their pandemic lows.

 

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