The S&Ps’ 500 sunk 9.03% in December. The Nasdaq Composite went along with a 9.40% drop and the Russell 2000 (US Small Caps) was down 9.92%. Internationally, things were a bit less dramatic. The S&P EPAC BMI (developed markets) was down “only” 5.17% while emerging equities were down a comparatively low 2.92% (MSCI EM) and 3.40% (Frontier 100 Index).
The S&Ps’ 500 rose 2.04% in November while the Nasdaq Composite added a comparatively meager .49% and the Russell 2000 (US Small Caps) went up 1.59%. Internationally, the S&P EPAC BMI (developed markets) was flat at .01% while emerging equities were up 4.06% (MSCI EM) and 2.09% (Frontier 100 Index).
The S&Ps’ 500 sunk 6.84% in October while the Russell 2000 (US Small Caps) went down a whopping 10.84 %. Internationally, the S&P EPAC BMI (international developed markets) dropped 8.72 while emerging equities were down 8.78% (MSCI EM).
The S&Ps’ 500 returned .57% in September while the Russell 2000 (small caps) went down a meaningful 2.40%. Internationally, returns ranged from up .44% for the S&P EPAC BMI (international
developed markets) to slightly down for emerging markets. The MSCI EM was down .32% this month.
August was another spectacular month for US equities. The S&P’s 500 was up 3.26% while the Russell 2000 (small caps) registered a 4.31% performance. Internationally, the situation was bleak. The EPAC BMI (international developed markets) was down 1.72% while the MSCI EM dropped a more painful 2.90%.
US equities rallied broadly in July with the S&P’s 500 up 3.72% and the Russell 2000 (Small caps) up 1.74%, respectively. Internationally and in spite of the on-going trade rhetoric, thepicture improved. The Epac BMI (developed markets) was up 1.86% while emerging market equities jumped from 1.68% to 3.34% (MSCI EM and MSCI Frontier 100 respectively).
June saw US equities rise with the S&P’s 500 up .62% and the Russell 2000 (Small caps) up .71%, respectively. The picture continued to deteriorate internationally. The Epac BMI (developed markets) was down another …
The month of May was particularly volatile. US equities ended resolutely up with the S&P’s 500 returning 2.41% and the small cap index (Russell 2000) rising a whopping 6.07%.
US equities were marginally higher in April. The S&P’s 500 rose .38% while its small cap counterpart, the Russell 2000 rose a more meaningful .86%.
Jawboning on trade issues by the Administration in the early part of March, combined with Tech-related woes in the latter part of the month, shook investors’ confidence and prompted them to close the first quarter of the year on a negative note.
In February, the S&P’s 500 dropped 3.69% while the Russell 2000 sunk 3.87%. The damage was a bit more pronounced internationally as a result of the appreciation of the USD against major currencies. The S&P’s EPAC BMI, our reference index for international developed markets, went down 4.59% while the MSCI EM (emerging markets) index dropped 4.61%.
In January the S&P’s 500 rose a stunning 5.64% on a total return basis (dividends included) while the Russell 2000 was up 2.68 %. Internationally, the …
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