General Market Commentary as of March 31, 2018
Global equity markets declined in Q1 with investors unnerved first by concerns about the path of US interest rates and then worries over trade. Global bond markets reflected higher inflation, with most major government bond yields climbing.
US equities began the year strongly, boosted by tax reforms, but ended the quarter lower amid concerns over inflation and the impact of US-China trade sanctions. Indeed, macroeconomic indicators remained broadly positive throughout Q1. US business confidence reached an unexpected, multi-decade high in March. GDP for Q4 2017 was revised upwards to show growth of 2.9%, and while industrial activity slowed, as measured by the ISM manufacturing index, it continued to indicate expansion.
US Treasury yields rose markedly across the curve over the quarter. Corporate bonds made negative total returns and underperformed government bonds.
|Tot Return||3-MO*||12-MO*||3-Year*||5-Year*||Closing Value|
|Dow Jones Industrial Average||-2.49%||16.65%||10.68%||10.58%||24,103.11|
Source: Morningstar. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ Composite are unmanaged indexes. It is not possible to invest in an index. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. * Price only. Does not include dividends.
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