Weekly Investment Update

Equity markets rose slightly last week during the shortened Memorial Day holiday week (the S&P 500 was up 0.6% while the MSCI ACWI index was up 0.7%), with the majority of the gains occurring on Friday[1]. The big news on Friday was provided by the Labor Department which reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 559,000 jobs in May, well short of the 675,000 jobs expected.

While it may seem counterintuitive for the market to rise on worse than expected news, investors were worried that payrolls rising more than anticipated may cause the Federal Reserve to signal that it is time to pull back on easy money policies. Investors seemingly breathed a collective sigh of relief on the “disappointing” result on Friday morning and stock markets advanced.

Line graph depicting S&P 500 Level % Chane and MSCI ACWI Level % Change from May 28 to June 3

Prices & Interest Rates

Representative Index Current Year-End 2020
S&P 500 4,227 3,749
Dow Jones Industrial Avg. 34,600 30,497
NASDAQ 13,925 12,886
Crude Oil (US WTI) $70.36 $48.52
Gold $1,890 $1,893
US Dollar 90.14 89.94
2 Year Treasury 0.14% 0.13%
10 Year Treasury 1.53% 0.93%
30 Year Treasury 2.21% 1.65%
Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of June 8, 2021

Asset Class Returns

Category Representative Index YTD 2021 Full Year 2020
Global Equity MSCI All-Country World 11.7% 16.3%
US Large Cap Equity  S&P 500  13.3% 18.4%
US Small Cap Equity  Russell 2000 19.1% 20.0%
Foreign Developed Equity MSCI EAFE 11.7% 7.8%
Emerging Market Equity MSCI Emerging Markets 7.4% 18.3%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond 1.2% 5.2%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond -2.1% 7.5%
Global Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg. Bond -2.3% 9.2%
Source: YCharts as of June 8, 2021

[1] Source: YCharts

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