Posts Tagged ‘Alts’

Q3 2017 Quarterly Review

The global economy continued to expand throughout Q3. The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) projected that all 45 countries that it tracks will expand in 2017. Through Q3 the MSCI All Country World Index posted positive returns for 11-straight months. The backdrop of stable macroeconomic data and limited volatility supported growth in equity markets. Foreign equities continued to outperform domestic equities. The Euro-area posted the highest returns, followed by emerging markets.

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Q2 2017 Quarterly Review

U.S. stocks continued to gain despite some mixed economic data and amid political uncertainty over the ability of the US administration to push through its fiscally expansive
policies. Popular “Trump Trades” saw muted gains as investors became wary of delays in the administration’s policy timeline. Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony rattled
the markets but quickly became a non-event. The expected Fed rate hike had little effect on the markets, but the announcement of plans to reduce the balance sheet caused a
short-term pullback.

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Q1 2017 Quarterly Review

The markets carried over the feeling of exuberance from the end of the year into Q1. US investors remained confident in the Trump administration’s ability to put campaign promises into
action, sending economic sentiment climbing higher. Investors took the US Fed rate hike and comments from the voting committee in stride. Globally, economic data continued to improve
which supported gains in developed markets and outperformance in emerging markets. The demand for risk assets remained robust with equities outperforming fixed income by a significant
margin.

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Q2 2016 Quarterly Review

Q2 2016 Quarterly Review Volatility and sluggish growth remained the key factors influencing the markets during the second quarter of 2016. The norm in economic data and the equities markets has been two steps forward and one step back. Expectations that the Fed would turn more hawkish at its June meeting kept the US markets…

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