June Monthly Commentary

Reversing their sharp declines from a month earlier, equities posted strong gains in June on the back of a more accommodative pivot from global central banks responding to muted inflation, ongoing trade concerns and weakening economic data. The S&P 500 … Continued

Andrew McGeorge Appointed UUA Chief Financial Office

Andrew McGeorge will join the staff as the Association’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Andrew succeeds Tim Brennan who is stepping down after thirteen years as Treasurer/CFO. Tim plans to continue to work in the field of socially responsible investing as a … Continued

Votes of No-Confidence in ExxonMobil’s Climate Leadership

Before entering ExxonMobil’s annual meeting in Dallas last week, shareholders had to pass local activists holding a 100-foot-long banner with the message “Climate Crisis: #ExxonKnew—Make Them Pay.” I attended the meeting for the fourth year in a row and was not … Continued

May Monthly Commentary

It appears markets were ready to take off for the summer as the “sell in May and go away” adage took effect. Equities declined across the board amid renewed concerns around US trade policy. The S&P 500 Index came off … Continued

April Monthly Commentary

Coming off a strong first quarter, stocks continued their run in April amid the Federal Reserve’s more dovish stance. The US led the way, with the S&P 500 Index increasing 4% during the month – pushing year-to-date returns to 18.2%. … Continued

March Monthly Commentary

Following the market rout at the end of 2018, equities made a strong comeback in the first quarter. Risk assets pushed higher as the Fed signaled no additional rate hikes in 2019. The US led the way, with the S&P … Continued

February Monthly Commentary

Global equities continued their winning streak in February as concerns surrounding US economic growth faded and the outlook for a US-China trade deal improved. As a result, the S&P 500 Index increased 3.2% during the month. Chinese stocks returned 3.5%, … Continued

January Monthly Commentary

A more dovish tone from the Federal Reserve and improving trade rhetoric between the United States and China helped stocks bounce back in January after their widespread selloff a month earlier. The S&P 500 Index gained 8.0% and small-cap US … Continued

December Monthly Commentary

Global equities went out with a whimper in a year marked by volatility as ongoing trade tensions, a rising rate environment, and weaker economic data weighed on all major global equity indices. The S&P 500 Index fell 9.0% in December … Continued