U.S. EQUITY INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT  The second quarter began and ended with significant levels of volatility, with the VIX index closing the second quarter at 28.7. U.S. stocks posted their worst first-half performance since 1970, as inflation concerns, Fed-rate hikes and slowing economic growth weighed on markets. The S&P 500 posted losses of 16.1% in the […]

This is a summary of the market performance for the 3rd quarter 2021 ending September 30th. U.S. Equity Investment Environment – 3rd quarter 2021 Mounting fears of inflation, an ongoing Congressional budget impasse, and anticipation of a reduction in the Fed liquidity provision all weighed on the stock market. Despite opening September with its 54th […]