Global Equities roared into 2023 like a lion with the second-best January on record – up 7.17% — but went out like a lamb in February: the MSCI All-Country World Index fell 2.87%
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Global Market Commentary – January 2023
If there is a way to “bounce back” after a brutal 2022 that closed with global equities down -18.36%, it is to come out of the gates strong. Global equities did just that, climbing 7.17% in January. It was the MSCI All-Country World Index’s (ACWI) best January since 2019 and second-best January on record…
Global Market Commentary – December 2022
2022 was a brutal year even if its final quarter was slightly less so. Global equities fell 3.94% in December, but still managed to gain 9.76% for the quarter, making Q4 the year’s best for the MSCI All-Country World Index. That said, the ACWI tanked -18.36% in 2022,...
Global Market Commentary November 2022
Global Equities marched 7.76% higher in November following October’s 6.03% rally. The MSCI All-Country World Index is now up 14.26% in 2022’s final quarter, but still down 15.02% on the year. Stock prices soared on the final trading day in November after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in a speech to the Brookings Institute that the pace of interest rate hikes will likely slow as soon as its December meeting.
Global Market Commentary October 2022
Global Equities rallied 6.03% in October following September’s worst monthly showing since the Coronavirus pandemic shook global markets in March 2020. Still, the MSCI All-Country World Index remains in bear market territory and is down 21.14% on the year – marking its third-worst 10-month start to a year since the 2008 financial crisis and the 2001 dot-com collapse. In the U.S., equity indexes finished higher following a GDP report that came in above expectations growing 2.6% in the third quarter.
Global Market Commentary September 2022
• Global Equities fell 9.34% in September in their worst month since the Coronavirus pandemic shook global markets in March 2020 and worst September return since the 2008 global financial crisis. The MSCI All Country World Index sank to a new 2022 low, dropping 6.82% in Q3, marking the first time the global index posted three consecutive quarterly losses since 2009. Year-to-date the index is down 25.63% in its worst nine-month start since its inception in 2001.
Global Market Commentary August 2022
Global Equities sunk 3.68%% in August on fears of more aggressive interest rate hikes by central banks in their fight against soaring global inflation. The MSCI All-Country World Index is off 17.75% YTD, its worst eight-month start to a year since its inception. Global bonds were unable to provide reprieve, as the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond and International Bond indexes fell 2.83% and 3.46% respectively this month and they too are off to their worst start in their index histories with YTD returns of negative 10.75% and 10.21% respectively.
Global Market Commentary July 2022
Global equities steamed ahead in July; the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) rose 6.98% -- its best monthly return since November 2020. That July performance was a welcome contrast from the previous six months when stocks tumbled 22.26% peak-to-trough from January...
Global Market Commentary June 2022
Global equities sold off 8.43% in June to bring quarterly and year-to-date returns to negative 15.66% and 20.18%, respectively. It marked the worst first-half start to a year in the history of the MSCI All-Country World Index, and the first time since the 2008...
Global Market Commentary – May 2022
A turbulent month for markets ended almost where they started, as global equities eked out a 0.12% return in May. The MSCI All-Country World Index is down 12.83%YTD and is off to its worst five-month start since MSCI included its Emerging Markets category in 1998. In...
Global Market Commentary – April 2022
Global equities tumbled 8.00% in April to bring their YTD return down to -12.94%, the second worst 4-month start to a year in the history of the MSCI All-Country World Index (lagging only the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak by a half of a basis point). Risk assets fell in...
Global Market Commentary March 2022
In their worst Q1 performance since 2020, global equities ended the first quarter down -5.36% despite rallying in March 2.17%. In the U.S., both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices posted their first quarterly loss in two years, returning -4.95% and -9.08%...