Weekly Investment Update September 20, 2021

Global equity markets declined for the second week in a row, as the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) lost 0.5% and the MSCI ACWI (a proxy for global stocks) dropped 1.0%. Emerging markets stocks continued to lag developed market peers (the MSCI Emerging Markets index was down 2.2 percent for the week), as concern over the delta variant and increased government regulation in China persists.

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Weekly Investment Update August 30, 2021

Global equity markets advanced last week as Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chair, indicated that the Fed may begin tapering its monthly bond purchases in 2021 but that investors should not expect interest rate hikes in the near-term. His comments came after the annual Jackson Hole symposium and investors seemed pleased by the message, as the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) gained 0.9% on Friday.

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Weekly Investment Update August 16, 2021

Equity markets, in general, climbed higher again last week, as both the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) and MSCI ACWI (a proxy for large-cap global stocks) advanced approximately 0.7% for the week. The relatively happy mood on Wall Street was clouded somewhat by the most recent University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment reading, however.

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Weekly Investment Update July 26, 2021

Most stock and bond indexes trended higher last week, as investors seemingly shrugged off concerns over both inflation and the Delta variant and viewed Monday’s pull back as an opportunity to buy the dip. The positive week continues a trend that’s been in place for the entirety of 2021 – the S&P 500 index (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) has yet to experience a 5% correction.

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