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April 2024 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Stocks sprang to new highs led by surprising economic resilience and strong corporate profits, while bonds experienced a modest downturn as interest rates rose after markets scaled back interest rate cut expectations. Source: FactSet Global equities kicked off 2024 with a bang. Within global equities, US stocks led the pack […]

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March 2024 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet Equities had a strong month in February, with all major regional indexes posting positive returns. US equities gained 5.3%, supported by resilient economic data and positive earnings results. International developed equities were relative underperformers with the region’s less rosy growth outlook, returning 1.8%. Emerging markets returned 4.8%, with

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February 2024 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet 2024 kicked off the year with mixed performance. Performance was driven by strong economic results in developed markets, causing renewed sentiment of higher interest rates for longer. US equities performed best among major regions in January with a gain of 1.7%, followed by international developed equities with a

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January 2024 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet Markets finished the year strong, with positive returns across most major asset classes in December. Investors reacted positively to the Federal Reserve’s dovish comments regarding monetary policy, with interest rate cuts potentially coming sooner in 2024 rather than later. Among major regions, international developed equities led December with

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December 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet Equities soared during the month of November as softer-than-expected US inflation data strengthened investors’ belief that the Federal Reserve (Fed) was done raising interest rates. This helped shift the sentiment of higher interest rates for longer to interest rate cuts in 2024. Despite geopolitical tensions around the world,

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November 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet Equities fell for the third straight month in October, giving back nearly half of their gains for the year. The prospect of higher for longer interest rate policies and elevated geopolitical uncertainty as a result of the Israel-Hamas conflict weighed on markets. In October, US equities fell into

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October 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet September is historically a challenging month for the stock market, and this year proved no different. Global markets were led lower by rising interest rates and oil prices. US equities continued their August decline, falling 4.8% for the month. International equities fared better than domestic but still posted

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September 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet Equities pulled back in August, with volatility back on the rise. Notable events driving the market volatility were a US credit downgrade, China continuing to experience worsening economic conditions, and uncertainty on future Federal Reserve monetary policy decisions as a result of persisting inflation. US equities, as measured

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August 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter US Credit Rating Downgrade What happened? The rating agency Fitch downgraded the US government credit rating one notch from AAA, its highest grade, to AA+ on August 1, 2023. The justification was rising debt, fiscal deterioration, and “the erosion of governance” from repeated debt limit standoffs. Fitch issued a downgrade

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July 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet US equities were led by a handful of stocks and outperformed international equities for the quarter and year. Despite ongoing challenges, positive growth and inflation surprises helped US equities (S&P 500) gain 8.7% and 16.9% for the quarter and year, respectively. This marked the third consecutive quarter for

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