After a long period of relative calm in the markets, the increase in stock market volatility in recent days has renewed anxiety for many investors.
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.
US markets had a positive second quarter, with the S&P 500 returning 3.43% and the Russell 2000 returning 7.75%. International developed markets declined 1.24% and Emerging Markets declined 7.96%.
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.
Markets started strong in January, with the S&P 500 reaching an all-time high. Although economic indicators remained positive during the quarter, uncertainty regarding interest rates and trade policies loomed large.
With the help of a strong fourth quarter, 2017 gave investors a less volatile and record-shattering ride across nearly every major global asset class.
The U.S. economy saw slightly weaker growth during the third quarter with a 2.7% GDP estimate, down from 3.10% during the second quarter.
U.S. economic growth was stronger than initially estimated in the second quarter due to unexpected higher consumer spending and an increase in exports.
Markets delivered a robust performance for the first quarter of 2017. Domestic indexes achieved multiple record highs and volatility dampened.