U.S. equity markets registered strong gains once again despite the Federal Reserve leaving interest rates unchanged in March. The unemployment rate reached the highest level in two years in February at 3.9% but is still historically low. The S&P 500 recorded a 10.6% first quarter gain, setting a record-closing high, as the U.S. economy remains resilient and ongoing enthusiasm around Artificial Intelligence continues. The “Magnificent Seven” which led last year’s gains have been reduced to the “Fab Four” as Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., and Tesla Inc. posted disappointing quarters.

In this fourth-quarter summary, we review the key market highlights of the quarter, discussing factors that contributed to the performance of U.S. and international equities, fixed income, and commodities. Actions by the Federal Reserve to shift monetary policy late in the year along with the dramatic performance of the “Magnificent Seven” was the icing on the cake for 2023.

U.S. Equity Investment Environment U.S. equity markets saw consecutive declines in August and September as investors grappled with ongoing inflation, fear of a government shutdown, rising interest rates, and the potential for a “higher-for-longer” rate environment. The S&P 500 experienced a disappointing quarter falling 3.3%, though remains up 13.1% year to date due to the […]

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