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

November Monthly Commentary

Equities came up for air in November after a widespread selloff a month earlier. Emerging market stocks led the way, with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index gaining 4.1% last month as currencies broadly appreciated relative to the US dollar. In … Continued

October Monthly Commentary

Volatility made a comeback in October as a wave of risk aversion washed over markets amid rising rates in the United States, growing concerns over slowing economic growth in China, and ongoing geopolitical tensions. Equities declined with international and emerging … Continued

September Monthly Commentary

Strong economic data and positive sentiment pushed US stocks higher with the S&P 500 Index gaining 0.6% in September, bringing quarterly returns to 7.7%. Outside the US, Japan led the way with gains of 3% last month on the back … Continued

August Monthly Commentary

Non-US equities declined in August amid escalating trade tensions between the US and its major trading partners, a currency crisis in Turkey, and uncertainty in Italy. A spate of positive macroeconomic data was unable to lift the MSCI Europe Index, … Continued

July Monthly Commentary

Developed market equities forged ahead in July as robust economic data and strong corporate earnings offset concerns around escalating trade tensions between the United States and China. The S&P 500 returned 3.7% last month as US GDP growth hit 4.1% … Continued

June Monthly Commentary

Equities saw no respite from volatility in June as trade concerns weighed on markets. Despite the uncertainty, the S&P 500 Index eked out gains of 0.6% for the month – ending the quarter up 3.4%. However, markets outside the US … Continued

May Monthly Commentary

Volatility remained a mainstay in May amid festering trade tensions between the US and China and Italy’s struggle to form a new government. The US dollar strengthened 2% relative to a basket of major currencies, fueling declines of 2.2% and … Continued