Strong results in the fourth quarter helped wrap up a fantastic year for stocks in 2019. These themes and more in the Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Review.
Bond markets dominated most of the headlines in the third quarter but despite the market movement most major indices produced muted returns for the past three months. These themes and more in the Third Quarter 2019 Market Review.
Volatility continues to be a central theme across both stock and bond markets but the second quarter produced solid growth across most asset classes despite a decline in the month of May. These themes and more in the Second Quarter 2019 Market Review.
After a challenging fourth quarter of 2018 where some global equity indices were off as much as 20%, equity markets roared back in the first quarter of 2019 with some global indices up as much as 20%. Most of that sharp recovery was based on reversals of the themes that plagued the markets in the fourth quarter. These themes and more in the First Quarter 2019 Market Review.
Uncertainty dominated the headlines in the fourth quarter. Investors had to contend with a variety of factors that created uncertainty including the pace of rising US central bank interest rates, the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China, the possibility of a global economic slowdown, and a US government shutdown. These headlines and more in the Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Review
Domestic stocks moved ahead in the third quarter on the back of a strong US economy while international stocks and the bond market posted slightly positive returns for the quarter but are still showing negative returns on the year. This narrowly focused rally was led by large company growth stocks. These headlines and more in the Third Quarter 2018 Market Review
After a period of relative calm in the stock market, investors have experienced increased volatility in recent days. While market volatility can create anxiety for some, reacting emotionally and changing long-term investment strategies in response to short-term declines could prove more harmful than helpful
The fourth quarter culminated a great year for the markets and this piece does a great job of recapping many of the headlines that contributed to the success.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios.