Posts Tagged: Monthly Market Commentary

August 2017 Recap

Global economic activity remained intact throughout the month with U.S. data taking a decisive lead. Most notably, the revision of second quarter annualized gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 3%, from the previous 2.6% reading, indicated a resilient U.S. consumer. Personal consumption data provided an important boost and remains a welcoming sign as to what…

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July 2017 Recap

International equity markets continued to post impressive returns throughout the month as equities in developed economies, and especially those in emerging economies, outpaced the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 once again (Figure 1). In fact, their performance has nearly doubled that of the S&P 500 on a year-to-date basis even after accounting for the numerous…

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June 2017 Recap

The dominant news for the month centered on the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25%, an action that was widely anticipated. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Treasury bond yields remained largely unaffected and even managed to drop following the announcement. Comments from Janet Yellen indicated the Fed remains convinced that broad economic growth…

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May 2017 Recap

Economic activity throughout May yielded a relatively upbeat environment alongside rising equity markets. International exposure proved widely beneficial for the month and continues to post strong gains when compared to domestic indices. Foreign developed equities outpaced the S&P 500 by nearly 2.5% for the month and widened the year-to-date spread to an impressive 4.90%. Click…

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