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As the stock market tumbled 30% in March, investors struggled to find a reason to be optimistic. April brought a recovery from the March lows as domestic small company stocks led the way with their best monthly performance in almost a decade.
Although we are in uncharted waters, remember that we’ve been in unfamiliar territory many times before. Markets have always recovered, and each time they have moved on to all-time highs. We strongly believe this time will be no different.
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The coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread and many people are apprehensive about possible disruptions to consumer spending, supply chains, and manufacturing.
As a whole, 2019 was a strong year for risk assets. Domestic equities led the way, with the S&P returning 31.49% for the year.
Year to date, global equity market returns remain strong, but returns were mixed for the third quarter.
Global equity markets were positive for the second quarter. Domestic equities (as measured by the S&P 500) returned 4.30%, International equities (as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index) returned 3.68%, and Emerging Markets (as measured by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index) returned 0.61%.
Global equity markets were positive across the board for the first quarter, with Real Estate Investment Trusts (as measured by the Wilshire REIT Index) being the best performing asset class.
What should you make of recent ups and downs in the stock market? Here’s helpful context on volatility and expected returns.
So that’s what market volatility feels like! It has been a while since we’ve had dramatic swings in stock markets across the globe. But these past few months have been a reminder of how volatile markets can be.