February Monthly Commentary

Risk-off sentiment washed over markets in February as the Ukraine-Russia conflict fueled concerns around the potential impact on the global economy, the geopolitical landscape, and capital markets. While our expertise is focused on investment portfolios, we are mindful of the … Continued

January Monthly Commentary

Global equities sold-off in January as the Federal Reserve assumed a more hawkish stance as persistent inflation pressures pushed yields higher. Headline CPI increased 7% in 2021, marking the largest calendar year increase since 1981. While the Fed Open Market … Continued

December Monthly Commentary

Global equities ended 2021 with a bang as strong earnings growth and positive risk asset sentiment bolstered returns in December. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index gained 4.5%, pushing year-to-date returns to a whopping 28.7%. Non-U.S. equities were also … Continued

November Monthly Commentary

Risk assets sold off in November as investor sentiment weakened amid concerns around ongoing inflation and the pandemic. In the U.S., October Consumer Price Index data revealed higher-than-expected prices with headline CPI increasing 6.2% year-over-year. In an unexpected shift, the … Continued

October Monthly Commentary

U.S. equities moved higher in October as strong corporate earnings and a relatively positive macroeconomic backdrop pushed the S&P 500 Index to a record high, with the index gaining 7% last month. During this period, non-U.S. equities were also in … Continued

September Monthly Commentary

Global equities sold off in September as inflationary concerns pushed yields higher. The Federal Open Market Committee assumed a more hawkish tone in its meeting last month as the median policy rate forecast increased to three hikes in the Fed … Continued

August Monthly Commentary

Risk assets pushed higher in August with encouraging economic data, still-accommodative monetary policy, and strong corporate earnings underpinning positive sentiment. Despite another month of robust returns, concerns loomed over the continued spread of the Delta variant, negatively impacting consumer sentiment … Continued

September Monthly Commentary

Global equities were mostly negative in September as continuing growth concerns in China permeated markets and worried investors and central bankers alike.  In the US, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) elected not to raise its target interest rate.  As … Continued

August Monthly Commentary

August was a difficult month as China’s surprise devaluation of the yuan fueled concerns around global growth and unleashed a wave of volatility, sparing few asset classes. For instance, the MSCI EM Index fell 9% as emerging market equities—especially China’s … Continued

July Monthly Commentary

The Greek debt crisis and a steep sell-off of overheated local equities in China dominated headlines in July.  However, it was slowing growth out of China—the world’s second largest economy—that seemed to have the most pervasive impact on markets.  Commodity … Continued