As 2019 approaches, and with US stocks outperforming non-US stocks in recent years, some investors have again turned their attention towards the role that global diversification plays in their portfolios. For the five-year period ending October 31, 2018, the S&P 500 Index had an annualized return of 11.34% while the MSCI World ex USA Index [...]
Equity markets around the world posted negative returns for 2018. Looking at broad market indices, the US outperformed non-US developed and emerging markets. REIT indices outperformed equity market indices in both the US and non-US developed markets. You can see the full report for 2018 here.
In the fourth quarter of 2018 we saw increased wages, an increase in jobs, and Q3 earnings surge. However, risks such as trade tensions, the Federal Reserve tightening monetary policy and a lack of qualified workers to sustain current growth led to volatility and pullbacks across all markets. Though stocks do not seem overvalued when [...]
The third quarter of this year saw mostly positive results. US stocks were up 7.12%, while Developed International stocks experienced gains of 1.4%. Emerging Markets and Global Real Estate saw negative results. Year to date, US stocks are up 10.6% and International stocks are down 2.7%. International stocks have experienced positive returns in their local [...]
It is that time of year when you get to reassess what to select for your company benefits. Here are some things to consider as you make your elections: HSA (Health Savings Account) If you participate in a high deductible health plan, you have the ability to contribute to an HSA. Families can contribute a [...]
Every quarter, we publish a report that features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a [...]
Though we have seen the markets generally move sideways this year, economic growth has surged in 2018. This is mostly due to an increase in fiscal stimulus. It is believed the tax cuts have added to both consumer and business spending. We are experiencing the 2nd longest economic expansion in history at 9 years (108 [...]
As parents, our goal is to raise children that will grow up to be happy, productive adults. This is a difficult task and we often are unsure if what we are doing is right for years to come. For families with high income or significant wealth, it can be even more challenging. The easy thing [...]
Having an agreed-upon rebalancing strategy will improve your long-term investment experience, as well as your risk-adjusted return.
It is important to us to help you align your investing with your values. The article linked below talks about a strategy we have available to help clients that would like their investments to align with their views on preserving the environment and mitigating adverse climate effects. We also have investment options to build a [...]